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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

Kirsten Blackstock
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Westie/Min. Schnauzer
Date of Birth:
Oct. 1994
Coat Colour:
Black and grey
Eye Colour:

I love to sleep on my Oma and Opa's fluffy bed! I also love sleeping in, even until after 12 noon sometimes! I have a favourite toy, my squeaky penguin, but sometimes my owners call it my Bunny, cuz my first toy was a bunny. I love exploring the garbage for anything tasty and when I eat, I like to move my bowl all around the room and wipe my beard off on some paper between bites. (Mostly just to confuse my owner!)

I do not like baths! I also don't like being disturbed from a comfortable spot.

I love walks but I'm just as happy wandering in the backyard. And I don't like the big dog two doors down. He's mean!

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