Buster is a service dog-in-training who still has training sessions with a Pittsburgh-based company called Perfect Fir Canine. He will eventually help children to improve on various social skills such as appropriate social response, prolonged eye contact, anxiety control, and reducing behaviors that may result in self injury.
The dog is helping children at the Amazing Kid’s Club, a TrueNorth Wellness program, with development disorders that are associated with autism. 7 year-old TJ is just one of Buster’s companions in the program who has already had significant improvement with regards to his socialization skills.
Many of the children’s moms see the dog as a perfect fit for the program.