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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 Fifield
Michaels Harbour
Province, Country:
NF, Canada
Yorkshire terrier
Date of Birth:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Blue,black and tan
Eye Colour:

 Keely is my 5 month old yorkshire terrier. She is CKC registered and Is my pride and Joy. It took me 15 years to finally convince my parents to let me have a dog. After being turned down for adoption at the spca (For no reason except the lady running it didnt like us) We gave up on our search for the 'Perfect dog' .. Our search started up again in july and on August 2 nd, My family and i Drove four hours to pick up my Little girl keely! Ive only had her a few months and i cannot imagine life with out her!  She is VERY smart. She Knows how to 'Sit,' Gimme left paw' , GImme right paw, Lie down, Stand up, And bow. She also knows how to stay and will come to me if i ask her to! I love My baby girl!

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