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Exploring Unique Training Options for Senior and Special Needs Pets: The Evolution of Dog Training Professionals

Senior Golden Retriever

The pet care industry is constantly growing. It brings luxury designer dog carriers, rhinestone cat collars, and comfy Tempur-Pedic beds for our new or old best friends. We are eating healthier and demand healthier food choices for our pets. Instead of leaving your dog at home, there are classes to exercise together. Pet caretakers are demanding options and in return a new age of professionals is developing to meet their needs. Experts that provide solutions for senior and special needs pets.

The medical industry has also taken leaps and bounds on expanding our pet’s lives and with living longer comes the responsibility of learning to care for our aging pet’s. As pets grow older they experience trouble walking, hearing, seeing or are living medically compromised. Understanding there are professional's to help, people are opening their homes and hearts to special needs animals with an understanding that they can live long lives. Today, help from professionals that are able to train senior dogs and other pets to adjust to growing older has arrived.

No longer is the statement true, “Can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. That is exactly what these gold standard professionals are doing. When animals are aging, these experienced caretakers are ready to educate the pet owner of the vast possibilities. At Wildside Unlimited, when working with families our first responsibility is bringing hope back through expertise that creates a routine that meets their lifestyle. A trainer experienced with seniors and special needs can aid in teaching your pet to use a ramp, a wheelchair, and recommend a reliable petsitter while you are away. These are just a few services that are now available in the industry.

Handicapped dog in wheelchair


If you are looking for an animal training and care professional, ask your veterinarian for a recommendation. Make sure the person you hire is compassionate and dedicated to assist you and your family. Hiring the teen neighbor to care for your pet while you are away is not the only option anymore. Now there is the gold standard – the senior and special needs dog trainer.

Written by Elaine Reiter

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