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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

Carol Baker
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NS, Canada
Shih Tzu / Bichon Frise
Date of Birth:
03 Jan 2005
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I joined my family when I was eight weeks old. I live with Mom and Dad and have an older brother Kramer he is a Shih Tzu and he thought that he ran the house until I arrive on the scene. He is very good to me most of the time (he does not like it if I disturb him when he is sleeping) and only occasionaly puts me in my place. I can have any of his toys and bones he just finds another one. These days we get along very well we get to race from one end of the house to the other, Mom and Dad call it the Baker 500 sometimes I lead and sometimes Kramer leads. Our favorite thing to do however is to go for a walk Nana bought us a leash splitter and we are learning to walk very well together. Kramer and I go to Nana and Papa's house on the days that Mom works we LOVE it there because Nana and Papa TREAT us very well. (Key word there is TREAT). The trick that I am now learning (besides the house training) is to dance I have very good balance and especially if I get a treat.

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