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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:
Aaron Smith
City:
Miami
Province, Country:
FL, United States
Type/Breed:
Budgy (bird)
Date of Birth:
July 19, 2003
Date of Death
Thurs, Sept 18, 2003 3 PM EST
Sex:
Male
Height:
6
Weight:
1
Coat Colour:
Sky Blue
Eye Colour:
Black

Ruffee was a new experience for me. I got him expecting that everyone in the family would treat him as our dog, but as time went by, I noticed that it wouldn't happen. He was a loud little thing. He didn't like being handled, and flew away or would bite you when you tried to. I used gloves with him. So, after months went by, today, Thursday, September 18, 2003 3:25 PM EST, he died. I felt really bad. So, I lit a candle, sprinkled some salt on the spot he died on, and he will always remain in my heart.

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