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Most people see someone in a wheelchair, and see the wheelchair. In the same, most see a dog with 3 legs, and see that the dog is missing a leg. Visual cues draw your attention and then put most people in a different mind set.

It is common to see a disabled animal and immediately think “awwww, that poor thing!” But I am here to tell you, that is the last thing you should be thinking.

It is important to recognize the limitations a dog with special needs may have, but the interaction with them should be the same as any other dog. It has been proven that when the owners take the time to show affection and care for their dog as if it were their own child, those dogs are friendly, calm, and good natured animals. The personality of a dog doesn’t change if it is missing a leg as long as the owner treats it the same as if it were “normal.”

Putting limitations on a dog just because it has a disability is just showing them that they “can’t.” A word that just shouldn’t be used. We should always try to spotlight strengths and magnify their confidence.

There are numerous organizations that take in disabled dogs because most people SEE the defect and decide to not adopt them. Many of these organizations are nonprofit and must fundraise to come up with funds to keep these dogs not only healthy and alive but cared for until someone comes along to care for them in a permanent home. There are so many organizations that are local, most people would be surprised to know that there is one right around the corner from their home.

There are also companies that custom design medical equipment in order to help assist these dogs and keep them mobile. But medical equipment for an animal is expensive and not everyone is able to afford such an expense. It takes a special person to care for such an animal, but more people should consider it. Keeping in mind that most dogs with disabilities can do the same tasks as those without disabilities. It is the love and care that the owner gives to the dog that will be the ultimate personality of the dog.

So the next time you SEE a dog with a disability, look beyond it. Check your local county for Disabled Dog Organizations and donate or adopt or even volunteer to help care for those dogs that are “different.” Off Leash K9 Training can train any dog, any size, any breed, with any disability.