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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

Melissa/David Kneeland
Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Hienz 57
Date of Birth:
January 1, 1985
Date of Death
August 30,2004
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Coat Colour:
Black and White
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We loved you so much you were the most wonderful dog we have ever had in our lives so far. We spent almost 20 years together. That is almost my entire life, to think we got you when I was 4, and now here I am at 24 sitting without you by my side. We will all miss you so much, but I know you're up there with Belle looking down and watching us all.  We'll meet again soon on the Rainbow Bridge!

Love always and forever.

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