Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: California's Central Coast
I hope I won't offend you, I really enjoy your photos and posts. I can't explain this well, its more of a feeling, but I really don't think service dogs should be for small children, in general. I'm sure there are a few exceptions.
I had a special needs child, with cerebral palsy, but I was very lucky in that she had no behavioral problems, but she did have seizures. Thinking back on those years, I would not want a dog in charge of my child, and with all the stresses I had to deal with I would not want to be in charge of a service dog.
I suppose your daughter would need to have some specific goals in mind, and go from there. What about an excellent family pet dog or even a cat? My neighbor, an adult man has a GSD service dog, he is partially blind. His dog however is so reactive with other dogs, barks a lot. So just so this dog is super trained in one area of expertise, does not mean it's an easy dog to handle. Sorry to hear about your grandson, with early intervention and a support family like you, he may have a good outcome.