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Disabled Dog? Your Labrador is Still Trainable!

labrador health, labradors and health, training labradorsAcross the world, there are more and more dogs. Statistically speaking, this means disabled dogs are on the rise and it is becoming more likely that you may end up with one of these lovable labs as your pet. Don’t worry, though! There are plenty of options for disabled Labrador training available to you.

The ability to grow and learn with your Labrador is actually very important in the training process. Your blind or deaf dog will require a remarkable sense of trust with you, even more so than a completely functional pet. While training any dog has the tendency to be frustrating at times, attempt to keep your hopes up and make sure to give your Labrador lots of love and encouragement.

Even if you don’t have any experience at all with special-needs animals, you’ll find training these pets can be just as simple as training any other dog. If your Labrador is deaf, you can use sign language type hand signals to give your dog a command. A blind Labrador can hear very well and will obey any spoken commands you give him after training.

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If you are uncomfortable training a dog on your own, you can always enlist the help of a professional dog trainer. There are several chain pet stores that offer excellent one-on-one training with educated and informed dog trainers for disabled pets. You can also find instructors that will come to your home to teach you how to train your Labrador or train your dog for you.

Whatever method you choose, remember to try to remain understanding. Blind or deaf dogs don’t know any other way of life. It is the care-taker that needs to adapt. Training your disabled Labrador will provide the opportunity for you and your dog to make a stronger connection.

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