Autism Service Dogs

What is the Autism Service Dog program?

Such as specialty service dogs, training such a highly specialized service dog takes time. So we start early. As a general rule our service dogs begin their training as early as 8 weeks old. Autism Assistance Dog Guides help children and adults who are on the autism spectrum. These Dog Guides provide safety, companionship, and unconditional love. They offer a calming relief for children in high anxiety situations, and reduce the stress commonly experienced in public places. Having an Autism Support Dog does not mean it's an easy task. Its definitely added work to your busy schedule. With the work it might be it does have it's benefits such as increasing the safety and security of a child/adult with moderate to profound autism. An Autism Support Dog can improve the child’s or adult's ability to participate in education, social and leisure activities because the canine may reduce the stress associated with these situations.

Eligibility Criteria for the Autism Service Dog Program

  • Must be capable of housing the service dog with an adequate living space & have the financial capability of caring for the dog’s needs;
  • Have a valid diagnosis of ASD;
  • Have a valid medical report confirming the condition (Please download the medical report and Have a recommendation from your doctor.
  • Must have an interest in dogs.
  • Must be capable of providing the physical needs of a service dog such as exercise.
  • Must have a fenced yard or private designated area where the service dog can be off leash;
  • Must not have any other dogs at home.
  • If you are applying for your child, your child must be at least 6 years of age.

Meeting all the criteria does not guarantee acceptance of the program. The eligibility of a person is also subject to a thorough analysis of the application by the admissions department.

Applying for a Autism Service Dog

The application process is rigorous. If you feel you are a good candidate for our program, we do invite you to apply. If you would like to know the application process, please consult our programs page located on the menu.