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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

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Betchay was a very loving and intelligent dog. she has always been special since she was given to us when she was only a month old as she was already sick then. She had leptospirosis and her recovery was quite unbelievable...you can tell that she really wanted to live, but it left her kidneys with some complications. She gave birth to 3 puppies last Oct.15,2003 but only one lived and I named her Yoda. Last March she died because of heartworm. I miss her very much especially her big round eyes that looks like it has some eyeliner and her ecited greeting when I get home.

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