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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

Natasha Campeau
Province, Country:
QC, Canada
Date of Birth:
Coat Colour:
black and tan
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My name is Nick, I'm an 8 year old German Shepherd male and my life changed in 2 ways in the last years.  For one thing, I was adopted by Natasha who worked at the the shelter were I was abandonned FOR THE 4th time!!!!!! In 5 years.  No one thought I would ever find a home because of my age and the fact that ,my previous owners had told the people who worked at the shelter that I was aggressive!  Well, I guess Nat saw past the "beware of aggressive dog" signe on my cage and after weeks of caring for me at the shelter she saw the great dog I really was and decided to take me in as a roommate!!!!! I now had my own "little house" inside the big house,(some call it a cage), but I could go in and out and was never locked in!!!! And she put 2  comforters both folded in 4  so I would have something soft to lie on that was ALL MINE!!!!!  I am always welcomed on the bed, but I prefer my little house. I know Nat wishes I would sleep next to her but my previous owners were so mean about it, I just can't get used to the idea that I'm allowed!!
The other  thing that changed in my life is that 2 and a half months ago, I was hit by a car, and subsequently LOST MY RIGHT FRONT PAW.
Nat and her Mom tried EVERYTHING to save my paw, all to no avail.  When I realized that I had been amputated, I went into a DEEP depression. I wouldn,t eat, drink or sleep. I was in pain from the operation and thought I would never have fun again.
Then ,one day Nat started taking me to the park like old times!!(she wasn't allowed to take me out long because of the injury for 2 months) I was no longer in pain and I saw another dog! WOW!! A FRIEND!! I thought because of this accident I would be locked in the house forever,yet, here I was, in my favourite dog park RUNNING with another dog!! Yes!! I could RUN!! Even with only 3 legs!!!! And I can,t TELL you the attention I get!  Everyone thinks I'm a HERO!! People come up and pat me ALL THE TIME!! WEll, I am very Cute!!

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