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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

Valerie Hunken
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Keegan was a marvelous unique dog. He was very intelligent, a great ball player, curious, and entertaining. As much as he was charming, Keegan could be stubborn and obstinate. He was not affectionate, but always wanted to be near me. He followed me all over the house and anywhere outside. He loved to take walks and greeting other dogs on the way. Keegan was a great traveler. He could adapt to any situation. We got Keegan when he was three months old. He instinctively was housetrained. We never had to train him at all. He slept all night. Once the first rain came, however, he was confused and walked into my bedroom and promptly lifted his leg on my bed. I miss Keegan immensely. He was my only companion and made me feel good every time I arrived home. I love you, Keegan!

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