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Would like some info about service dogs for autism

My grandson is autistic. My daughter just asked me if I knew anything about service dogs for autism.
He's only 3 years old, and was wondering what your thoughts are?

Do you know anything about the services that offer these dogs?

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I don't...what does she want the dog to do?
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I don't know about dogs, but cats are suppose to be great for kids with autism.

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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.
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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.
I know cats work, but my bigger question is are you sure the neighbors GSD is a real service dog? I have never seen a service dog that reacted to anything and still be a service dog...I just had a vision of this dog pulling the partially blind guy down the street, to get to a dog...it was not a pretty vision

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I know cats work, but my bigger question is are you sure the neighbors GSD is a real service dog? I have never seen a service dog that reacted to anything and still be a service dog...I just had a vision of this dog pulling the partially blind guy down the street, to get to a dog...it was not a pretty vision
Absolutely, he is visually impaired, and it is a real service dog. This is his 3rd one. The first one was hit by a car, someone who did not stop or look, the second got old, he was friendly - he was allowed to greet my old dog. The 3rd one, a female, seems very protective or reactive to other dogs.
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Absolutely, he is visually impaired, and it is a real service dog. This is his 3rd one. The first one was hit by a car, someone who did not stop or look, the second got old, he was friendly - he was allowed to greet my old dog. The 3rd one, a female, seems very protective or reactive to other dogs.
That is weird, I have a lab that is in training to become a service dog in one of my classes, strictly for the purpose of training...No people or dogs are allowed to interact with him ever, except the person he goes to. I have never seen a service dog that so much as blinked at other people or other dogs and its always been a NO NO to touch especially if they are on duty

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My son is autistic and I can agree with other members that service dogs arent going to do much help. We have 2 german shepherds (non service) that were still training basics to. They are family dogs and my son has tremendously improved after having them around. I disagree with the cat suggestions.
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