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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

Danielle & Tony Young
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Tibetan Spaniel / Shih Tzu
Date of Birth:
Apr 27, 2006
Coat Colour:
Black & White
Eye Colour:

Hi, my name is Dakota and I just turned a year old!  I love doing tricks (for treats or loves), I can shake a paw, give high ten and roll over and am learning more all the time from my big brother.   I love to go on long walks, especially to the off leash dog park near my house to play with all the other dogs.  I love to protect my family, but sometimes I get in trouble for barking at the mailman or paperboy.  Oh well, I'm just a puppy so can get away with it for now !  I should get off the computer now, it's time to go outside.  Bye for now !

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