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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

Owner:
Rick & Erin Thirsk
City:
Saskatoon
Province, Country:
SK, Canada
Type/Breed:
Lab X
Date of Birth:
unknown
Date of Death
March 2002
Sex:
Male
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Brown
Eye Colour:
Brown

Max was a sweet, playful, affectionate dog that we had for six weeks. He loved playing with our other dog Soda and our cats Harley and Davidson, and the kids. We got Max when he was a year old, and enjoyed every minute with him. Tragically one day, he bit our daughter, she required stitches.  Unsure why, thinking he may have gotten hurt and was very loving after, (our daughter wanted him to stay), we gave him a second chance, the next morning he nipped at our son and the decision was made to put him to sleep. We miss him.

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