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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:
Gary and Scott Kent
City:
Fort McMurray
Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Type/Breed:
Mini Pot Belly Pig / Vietnamese
Date of Birth:
Oct. 28 2003
Sex:
Female
Height:
24
Weight:
175
Coat Colour:
Mostly Black
Eye Colour:
Black

Favorite snacks besides Abbey's regular food.  Abbey loves plain Cheerios, slices of potatoes, unsalted crackers, mini carrots, loves popcorn(goes wild over any snack that sometimes is not for her).
Abbey is completely litter box trained.  She loves to sleep on the sofa, with the comforter over her, and in our bed if given the chance(which seems to be a lot lately).  Abbey also understands certain commmands, such as "No" and "Sit", and just recently learned how to stand up and beg on her hind legs.
Abbey has two sounds that she makes.  One is barking like a dog when she chases her owners around the house.  The other is squacking like a chicken when someone goes into the kitchen.  <<<---For she thinks that we eat non-stop, or she thinks that we are getting food for her all the time.
Abbey also has her favorite chew toys.  She love to chew on an old shoe (where she is the teething stage).  She loves to chew on her dental chew toys and play with her new ball (which she loves to nose around the floor).
She is now 3 years old (October 28, 2006).
On September 2, 2004...Abbey went for her first visit to the Veternarian.  To our surprise, she was very calm, except when the Vet had to trim her hooves, for which she was not a big fan of, but she made it through.  Abbey was also given her De-worming medication for the year, so tricking her to take it will be a challenge.  All in all,,,Abbey had a very productive and calming first trip to the Vet.
Abbey does not like being left alone, for when either one of us has to go out, she will bite on our shoes until we leave.  And when we come home, she will grunt as if to say "About time you both got home, now get into clothes that I recognize you in.
As Abbey keeps growing and gets older, we will update her progress as the events in her life happen.
Links:
http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/novascotia_potbellypig_group/
 

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