A solution for our family is to have a service dog. A dog trained to react and help Karen with everyday things including school would open up a bigger world for us. There are so many things that we avoid or just simply cannot do with two autistic children. That uncertainty and stress that goes into every time we go out would be greatly reduced. A service dog would be able to help her in so many ways that it is hard to explain. I will be able to do simple things such as going to the grocery store with them. Currently I do as many things as possible while they are at the center to avoid any type of behaviors or outbursts that may happen. I did think over the possibility of adding another dog to our household by going the more traditional route of getting a service dog. Karen already has a great bond with our 1 yr old Pyrenees, Dani; so that would greatly affect Dani. There are not many places that you can send a dog to get trained to be a service dog. After locating one, it seemed to be the best option for us. Once all of the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted, she will be on her way to getting fully trained to be Karen’s service dog.
The program Dani will be going into is with Ty Brown of DogBehaviorOnline.com. They have gotten great results with dogs and have videos to prove it. I have spoken with Ty, himself, about what I want from a service dog. It is a tall order, but they are willing to take it on. They have an amazing program in place to help people that need to have their dogs trained to be service dogs.
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