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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

Jessica Barkman
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
teddy bear hamster
Date of Birth:
June 2000
Date of Death
august 2000
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MiMi was psychotic. He bit everything that came near him, including his own paws.  He liked to climb to the roof of him cage, then fling himself off of it. As the runt of the litter, I believe MiMi had some issues.  He only lived 2 months, and after that long MiMi committed suicide.  He stopped eating and drinking.  One day I woke up and tried to give him a treat.. but he had died in the night.

I'll never forget that crazy little guy.

Rest in peace.

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