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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

Owner:
Beverly McDonough
City:
Not Provided
Province, Country:
IN, United States
Type/Breed:
Pit Bull mix
Date of Birth:
Aug. 4, 2002
Date of Death
Mar. 19, 2006
Sex:
Male
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
75
Coat Colour:
Cinnamon
Eye Colour:
Brown

You were the most loving, adoring dog I've ever known. You never wanted me to be unhappy and always did comical things to make me laugh. I miss you licking my face a dozen times a day. If you only would have come to me when I called to you, you'd be alive today. The police don't give a Pit Bull a second chance. It was those puffy cheeks that I loved that got you shot. I will always miss you and remember how special you were to our family.

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