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Service Dogs and Autistic Children – Pet Tip 253

Dogs help humans in so many ways. They help with companionship, with tasks that they carry out for us and sometimes they help make every day living much easier. Perhaps the best demonstration of this fact is when dogs help people with disabilities. Many of us have seen dogs helping blind people and many have heard of dogs that feel when a seizure in an epileptic person is about to occur and then protect them from injury. Dogs can also help aid autistic children and parents of autistic children in many ways as well. Recent studies suggest that the prevalence of autistic children in Canada may be 1 in 165 children or higher. Therefore, many people may well personally know of an autistic child in their extended family, or know of friends or acquaintances that have an autistic child. So how can dogs help these autistic children?

The National Service Dogs (NSD) organization in Ontario Canada, is one of the best organizations that specifically help train dogs to make the lives of autistic children better. You might be wondering how a service dog can be useful to autistic children

Joan Renaud
Province, Country:
QC, Canada
Mini Pinscher mix
Date of Birth:
July 29, 1997
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Black and Brown
Eye Colour:

I am very territorial when it comes to my family and home. I try not to bark when the mailman comes to the door, but sometimes I slip up a little. I will dance for treats and love taking afternoon naps. I am very independant but love to snuggle with the leader of my pack, Joan. My favorite spots to sleep are under the covers and in my bed (it's shaped like a bunny!). My best friend is Mitch. He's an uppity Mini Schnauzer (4 years younger than me). I taught him the ropes but am still top dog. My nickname is Charlie Brown or Prince Charles (if i've been naughty!)

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