Apply for an Autism Service Dog
Autism service dogs are taught:
- Essential house manners, as well as how to behave in public.
- To walk with a child tethered to them and to follow the cues of the handler.
- To anchor themselves in a “stay” until cued forwards by the handler, if the child attempts to wander or bolt.
- Tasks taught to a traditional service dog can be taught to autism service dogs as well, if a family needs or desires such training.
Autism service dogs can provide:
- Sensory regulation.
- Help with sleep disturbance.
- Anxiety reduction.
- Social facilitation with peers.
Some parents find that having a dog as a companion may increase self-esteem in their child, encourage them to become more engaged, increase their communication skills, as well as help with the development of empathy.
Individuals who are interested in acquiring a service dog are required to submit an application.
For more information on Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and the importance of accredited dogs:
For more information on other ADI certified service dog schools in Canada:
Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools