Service Dog From Behind Bars Helps Autistic Boy

autism dogThe life of Zach Tucker, a boy who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, was turned around by Clyde, a chocolate Labrador, who was trained inside a jail. The dog helped the boy emerge from his shell and to keep his anxiety down. He helped the boy look normal and he participates in school events as a teachers’ aide. The service dog has helped him become more independent and also aided him in catching up with his classmates.

Other dogs were also trained in the jail for one to three months by inmates depending on the various needs of the owners. The dogs have been trained to help dress paralyzed or blind people, or trained simply to obey common pet commands.

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