Autistic Boy Gets Service Dog
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PALM DESERT - A touching story about an autistic boy from Palm Desert. A 20-thousand dollar service dog has been donated to the boys family. The family has had their service dog for less than two weeks, and say their lives have already changed remarkably.
Experts say autism service dogs help a wandering child, and give autistic kids a sense of security in public. Not to mention the companionship.
16-month-old Doc is the newest member of the Arazia family. 6-year-old Isabella may be reeping the benefits of having doc around, but the golden retriever is really there for her older brother, 9-year-old Alejandro, who is autistic.
Guide Dogs of the Desert partnered up with an organization called Custom Canines and donated Doc to the Arazia family. Nicole Meadowcroft from Custom Canines flew out here from Wisconcin to help teach the family how to use Doc correctly.
It takes at least a year to train a dog for autism service work, and Meadowcrtoft says Doc is ready to report for duty-- just like the rest of these service dogs. Doc will be attending school with Alejandro in the fall.
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