How do disabled service dog handlers care for their dog?
The question of how disabled handlers manage their dogs comes up sometimes by members of the public when they question a person’s abilities. They are not the ones I’m addressing with this post, however. It’s no one’s business how another person navigates their life.
This post is directed to other handlers or potential service dog handlers, though. Specifically those who are new to their own disabilities and are trying to navigate uncertain territory. I can relate – it was a concern I had at the start of my own journey with my service dog, and I still learn about tools other people use. I also still find ways to make things easier for myself, as well, and am happy to learn about new ideas and to share those with others.
This question will be met with varying answers by varying people, depending on the disability a person is affected by and how they are affected by it.
The good news is that there are tools to make things easier! Many of these are common items that can be found at any pet store, but have been invaluable to people living with disabilities because it makes caring for their dogs more accessible.
Dog Care Essentials
It’s not cheap! Some of the above tools can be compromised with DIY solutions, which can help ease the financial burden of pet and/or service dog ownership. Having a dog can be complicated, but the right tools can help any owner have an easier time with their care.
Krystal has been historically known to love doing everything the hard way. “Love” is a bit of a misnomer, here, since she complains bitterly about the thing while doing it, knowing that there’s an easier solution to make the thing easier. Once she tries the easy way, however, she realizes that she can get SO much more done when she learns to work smarter, not harder. Old dogs CAN learn new tricks, and she’s living proof!