Among the factors that should be carefully thought through are the child's:
- • Desire to have a Service Dog. The child does not have to be obsessed with dogs, but it''s important that the child like dogs, and that the family is ready to have a dog in their lives.
- • Ability to care for the dog (or usually, the family's ability).
- • Lifestyle.
Disability-related needs. The autism spectrum, for example, has so many different symptoms, and each child is so different from all the others, so we work hard with you to make sure that a Service Dog will be appropriate for your specific needs and will help make the circumstance of your life more manageable.
- Even the best-trained dog requires some work, and with a child with autism, that work is usually distributed across all family members. Our job is to make your life easier, not harder, and we will do our utmost to make sure that the dog-family fit is a good one. Ideally, caring for the dog (e.g., feeding, exercising, bathroom needs, etc.) will be a smaller burden compared to the many benefits of having a Service Dog.