We have gotten quit a few inquires about our SDWR Service Dogs from parents who have autistic children with a fear of dogs. With all the benefits that an Autistic Service Dog can provide, it is no wonder why parents want to know if their child can overcome this fear. Let’s talk about fear of dogs in Autistic children for just a moment. It’s often said that fear is the number one emotion for autistic children because the world around them is a confusing; unpredictable and a threatening place to be. And this is some of the reasons fear is such a common reaction for autistic kids – there are many things in their environment that are painful, confusing, unpredictable and unbearable for them. This is evident in how strongly they cling to the things that can help to reduce those fears, like rules and routine. A fear of dogs is based in a fear of uncertainty and entities outside of themselves. Autistic children who have not been exposed to animals may find them incredibly threatening.
How Can You recognize a Fear of Dogs?
Parents have probably witnessed a few melt-downs when their Autistic child was introduced to a dog. So, what is a parent to do in order to give the protection that their child needs from their fear of dogs without ruling out service dogs all together? SDWR Autistic Service Dogs are bred for a calm temperament so they don’t react to even the most extreme behaviors such as screaming, impulsive tendencies, and aggression. We have observed autistic children who usually are very hard to connect with, bond with one of our Service Dogs unlike anything you have ever seen. To see your child find a sense of calm and connection will be the most beautiful sight you will ever observe. With this in mind, to help your child not be fearful, we will slowly introduce your child to their new best friend. We will help your child realize that there is no need to be fearful and that their Service Dog is there just for them. With a little time, a little patience and a lot love, your child will see that their new Service Dog was the best decision you could have ever made for them.
Autism Service Dogs and Fear of Dogs
When it comes to helping your autistic child over come a fear of dogs, an autism service dog is an ideal candidate for the job. Desensitization is a fancy work for taking time to slowly introduce your child to a dog and experience them slowly. Our autism service dogs can be helpful even for children with a fear because they are trained to be calming and always remain patient. If you are interested in an autism service dog, SDWR is the right choice for you!