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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

Darlene Morin
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ON, Canada
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July 18th, 2001
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I love to sleep in my owner's bed on top of the duvet.  I am quite spoiled with many, many toys and a large fenced in enclosure to play in.   My favourtie toy is my laser light which I chase for hours.   I love cats.  Unfortunately, the one cat that likes me does not live with me.  I do not like little dogs or horses. I like to watch television.   I sleep, eat, and play for most of the day, but 'squirrel watch' in my sparetime. I also chase my shadow everyday however, I never catch it. I enjoy going for walks at night, but my favourite activity in running in the bush.  My owner loves me more than anyone else, her husband thinks she loves me more than she loves him, which is just fine with me.

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