Is an Autism Assistance Dog Right for My Child?
Obtaining an Autism Service Dog for my child:
In order to obtain a service dog for your child you must:
- Have a child with autism to the extent that the disability hinders the aspects of day-to-day life.
- Be willing to be the handler and leader of the dog for your child. Your child cannot handle the dog alone.
- Have a family that loves dogs.
- Have patience to work through problems (even a trained dog is still a dog).
- Have finances to provide your dog with veterinary care and maintenance for the next 10-12 years.
- Be willing to travel to San Diego, California or Bartlett, New Hampshire for handler training with your child and at least one additional adult to provide child care while you are in your lessons.
Having a Service Dog for your child can be life-changing.
Obtaining an Autism Service Dog for myself as an adult:
Little Angels is happy to train Autism Assistance service dogs for adults with Autism, however the tasks that these dogs perform are often quite different from that of an Autism Assistance dog for a child. The primary goal of an Autism Assistance dog for an adult is to make everyday environments less overwhelming and easier to manage. While the tasks will be catered to you as an individual, the training will look very similar to that of our psychiatric service dogs. We would suggest reviewing the tasks of a psychiatric service dog to see how those specific tasks could assist you.