Aren't these the most adorable puppies you've ever seen? Don't you just want to reach out and hug them? They live near Fernandina Beach, Florida and are in training to become service dogs for people diagnosed with autism. They don't look like they are "in training" do they? But they are.
While learning to serve, these dogs go everywhere with the current owner/trainer. Whether it is to church, the courtroom, public transportation, a concert......doesn't matter. It's very important for the dogs to be comfortable and "know the routine" in every situation. They are taught to follow their master's commands no matter where they are and under all circumstances.
Some families choose to train their own service dog rather than get one from the agencies that specialize in this service. It is nice to know both options exist. Kind of like home-schooling I guess. Both can work. Speaking of schools, more and more schools are allowing service into classrooms to assist children who need them. Petitions are underway if you'd like to further support this cause with your signature. I just did.
What a lifesaving gift these beautiful dogs are for people who need them. It seems they are the best form of medicine once they are trained and understand their role. I don't begin to know scientifically or medically how this works with a brain struggling with autism, but it seems puppy hugs and puppy love reach everyone.