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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

Kathie P
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Golden Retriever
Date of Birth:
December 18, 2003
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
dark golden
Eye Colour:

my dirty old tennis ball, belly rubs, wrestling, cheese, peanut butter, squirrels, nice people who give me treats, calm kids who hug me and scratch my chest (not necessarily in that order)

being alone, kids who run and scream at me, my ear drops, waiting around to go for walks

Pet Peeves:
dinner being late, mosquitos

Favourite toy:
tennis balls, my frisbee, my nylabone, my kong when it's filled with peanut butter

Favourite lounging spot:
either on the futon, in the front hall, or underneath the ceiling fan

Most embarassing moment:
Eating my rope toy so much that I had string hanging out of my butt later!

Cherished Memory:
Showing my mom and dad how much I loved chasing leaves as a puppy.

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