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Best Dogs For Your Autistic Child

by Katherine on January 6, 2012

It has often been said that dogs make great companions for your autistic child as they can help improve the behavioral and social skills of your child. If you are considering on getting a dog for your child, below are some of the breeds that you might want to consider.

Newfoundland

The Newfoundland is known to have good guardian instincts and an obedient nature which makes it a very good companion for children who are diagnosed with autism. These dogs are also intelligent and have good social skills. In addition, due to their large size, the Newfoundland are able to provide deep pressure therapy to your child which helps provide a calming sensation.

Saint Bernard

The Saint Bernard is another large breed which could assist in providing some deep pressure therapy to your child. They are gentle in nature and are very trustworthy around children that they have rightfully earned the title of being a good babysitter.

As with any large dogs, the Saint Bernard requires daily exercises and a much larger space than the smaller dogs.

Golden Retriever

Just like the Saint Bernard, the Golden Retriever makes a great family dog as it is very gentle with children. In addition to the Golden Retriever’s easy to please attitude and happy nature, it also has a calm and friendly temperament which makes it an ideal service dog for autistic children. They are high energy dogs which
require a lot of exercise and a job in order to remain happy. Being tasked to help out children with autism will definitely satisfy the Golden Retriever’s need for a job and will help keep them well-balanced.

This is definitely a good choice for those who are not well-versed in caring for a dog.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is the most commonly used breed in providing assistance for the blind as well as in providing therapy for people with autism and other disabilities and disorders. The Labrador Retriever can be easily trained and is very eager to please which makes it a great dog for all family members. They are also very affectionate, loyal and intelligent. In fact, it has been observed that the Labrador Retriever loves to learn which makes it a very good candidate for service work.

Cocker Spaniel

If you are not too eager on getting a large breed of dog, the Cocker Spaniel is a good choice among the smaller dogs as these are very friendly and very easy to train. They are also often calm and well balanced. It is a good choice especially for first time dog owners. One caveat is that the Cocker Spaniel is very active and would most likely need long walking sessions every day.

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