Service Dogs And The 3 Surprising Reasons You Will Love Them

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Dogs are near and dear to my heart for this reason: I love dogs.  

And I love them all: little squishy dogs, old soul dogs, and even the naughty dogs.

I have always had at least one dog in my life. Dogs see your soul. Accept you. Adore you and love you. And in this world that is pretty extraordinary.

I have known for a long time that dogs were available to assist the blind, but, I’ve also learned that dogs are trained to help people with autism too.     

1. Autism Dogs Provide Safety

Parents worry so much about the safety of their children with autism.  Wandering away from their families or into the path of danger happens too frequently.

Autism service dogs are trained to stay close to their child, follow their child’s scent and assist with search and rescue.  Another way autism service dogs provide safety is by tethering the child to the service dog to keep the child close.  Moms have so much to do and so many details to keep up with that tethering takes the worry about a child wandering away.   

2. Interrupting Repetitious Behaviors

Autistic meltdown or sensory processing overload is very real.  Too much stimulus causes a breakdown.

Autism service dogs provide comfort and can interrupt behaviors or signal for help stopping a harmful behavior.

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Friendship, Security and Transition Help

It’s good to have friends.  When a kid with autism is struggling to make it through a new transition, this is where his dog can help.

Service dogs offer comfort, security, and stability during unfamiliar routines and transitions.

Below is a list of organizations working to connect people with autism to service animals.

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4 Paws for Ability

53 Dayton Ave., Xenia, Ohio 45385

karen@4pawsforability.org

(937) 374-0385

617 38th Street South,

Birmingham, AL 35222

(205) 322-5144

 

Paws With A Cause

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

Address: 4646 South Division, Wayland, MI 49348

Phone: 616-877-7297 
paws@pawswithacause.org

Southeastern Michigan regional office

Address: 1328 Wheaton

Troy, MI 48083

1-888-288-4762

En Español: 1-888-772-9050

familyservices@autismspeaks.org

Autism service dogs of America

20340 SW Boones Ferry Road

Tualatin OR 97062

Hearingsol.com

1-800-121-4408.

Workingservicedog.com

339-364-8378

Indiana canine assistance network

ICAN 

icandog@icandog.org

5610 Crawfordsville Rd, Suite 2101
Indianapolis, IN 46224
(317) 250-6450

Us service animals

(985) 570-5341

69156 Hwy 190 Service Rd., Covington, LA 70433

Dogs for Good

The Frances Hay Centre

Blacklocks Hill
Banbury
Oxfordshire
OX17 2BS

01295 252600

Good Dog! Autism Companions

Good Dog! Autism Companions

855 South Main Ave Ste K-162
Fallbrook, CA 92028

760-913-9090

Remedy Retrievers

16450 Hwy 36 W., Red Bluff, CA 96080

 530-527-2268
 info@remedyservicedogs.com
 Monday – Friday 9:00-5:00

Wilderwood service dogs

Wilderwood.org

NEADS Worldclass Service Dogs

P.O. Box 1100, Princeton, MA 01541

(978) 422-9064

Little Angels Service Dogs

PO Box 219

Jamul, CA 91935

1-800-528-9550

Service Dog School of America

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Telephone/Text  (916) 701-6458  

Cali Pals Doodles and Service Dogs

Calipals.com

Tender Loving Canines

P.O. Box 1244

Solana Beach, CA 92075
858.461.6827
info@tlcad.org

Freedom Service Dogs of America

7193 S Dillon Ct, Englewood, CO 80112

303.922.6231

The Seeing Eye

P.O. Box 375

Morristown, NJ 07963-0375

(973) 539-4425

info@SeeingEye.com

Alert Service Dogs

ASD, Inc.

9036 Buckeye Court
Indianapolis, IN  46260

1-317-753-6440

Info@alertservicedogs.com

Canine Assistance

3160 Francis Road

Milton, Georgia 30004
770-664-7178
800-771-7221

info@canineassistants.org

Paws Giving Independence

PO Box 9572, Peoria IL 61612

309.839.2754

dkosner@givingindependence.org

Midamerica Service Dogs’ Foundation

7420 S. County Line Rd, Ste. 8 Burr Ridge IL, 6052

1-866-4PAWS-44

info@midamericaservicedogs.com

Merlin’s Kids

PO BOX 21

Midland Park, NJ 07432

Can Do Canines

9440 Science Center Drive

New Hope, MN 55428

Read this article about twins in Chester, Maryland with autism service dog!

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elizabeth muncey

Hey there!  I'm Betsy.  Mom, RN, special education teacher and blogger at The Autism Daily Brew.  Working hard to bring you the best resources in autism.

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