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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

Amy Hepler
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AZ, United States
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Date of Death
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black spotted
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Zuba is in my heart always - he was so talkative and emotional - he told me when he was hungry or thirsty (he only drank out of the faucet), when he wanted treats, when he wanted to play fetch, go outside and chase lizards or when he wanted my love and attention... He would open cabinets, drawers and doors... he even chose certain flipflops to chew just like a dog might do.  

He died unexpectedly just 5 days ago and everywhere I look in our house I see his cute little face and hear his sweet little voice... I miss him so much - he was my little love - he would jump into my lap and flop down into a tiny little baby ball and then beg me to rub his tummy - if I stopped, he would cry for more... my sweet little guy didn't deserve to die so young, my only peace is that we are one.

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