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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

Pam Smith
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
Jan 1 1989
Date of Death
June 11 2004
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  Joe was a great dog. he was amazing,what he could do and survive at the same time. Once he ate about 1/2 a pound of chocolate,he was okay, didn't even need medical attention. He ate a poynsettia plant,same thing.He had his tail cut off,he still knocked down stuff from the table. Joe once took a new jar of peanut butter to the middle of the stairs, somehow opened it, ate some and tried putting the lid back on. How could he do possibly do this.But at 15, cancer got him. eventhough we were with him for about 13 years, it didn't seem long enough. Even if he lived til 30. we'd still feel that way, guess you don't know what you've got until it's gone.To Joe: "We love you, and we'll maybe meet again someday."

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