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Caution: Autism Therapy Dog Alert

Caution: Autism Therapy Dog Alert

There may come a time when you are walking down the street and come accross an autism therapy dog in service.

Service dogs are dogs that perform functions for their owners. Today more and more service dogs are companions for autistic children.

Autism disorders have affect people in different degrees and functions.  According to the affect on a specific person the requirements of the companion dog may be different. Some autistic children get therapy from the companionship of a pet. While children at a different place in the autistic spectrum may benefit from the talents of service dogs.

autism therapy dogs

Donated and specially bred service dogs of Hawaii Fi-Do pause for a photograph during a training session. The specially trained dogs provide physical, psychological and therapeutic support for people who face the daily challenges of life with a disability other than blindness. Photo Credit: Molly Hayden, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs

Service dogs for autistic children have more specific functions. These highly trained dogs can assist certain autistic children, aiding daily functions.

When you do encounter them they may be at work so its important not to interupt them.

Do you know how to act around service dog?

Nate Goold and Maria Loving of Chrisiti Health posted a good information alert.

Here is a short list to have as a guide to helping these wonderful dogs do their job.

Autism Therapy Dogs in Service

  • Don’t touch the dog without asking first. It is working and may be in the middle of a direction or command.
  • Do not whistle or make sounds directed to the dog.
  • Never feed the dog as it is the ultimate distraction.
  • Don’t be afraid of the dog. The dog is professionally trained to have excellent manners.

To read more from Via Christi on an autism therapy dog in service click here http://www.vcwomensconnection.com/manage-your-life/how-to-behave-around-a-service-dog/.

We thought it may be helpful to remember this so we hope it serves as a little notepad in the brain for you.

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