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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

Christine Parks
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Terrier Mix
Date of Birth:
Date of Death
April 1998
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Tan with a white-tipped tail
Eye Colour:

Joey was my best friend growing up.
My dad rescued him - he was on his last day at the Humane Society. We never knew what kind of dog he was, but you could not find a more loyal friend. He slept with me when I was sick, sat and comforted me when I cried, and was so full of life. He loved our weekends at the trailer and was very protective of our family.
He was with our family for 13 long and happy years before he had to be euthanized due to a series of illnesses. I know he's watching over us everyday, and we miss him very much.

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