Today's Breeder - Issue 107 - 6

SERVICE DOGS
PARTNERING FOR LIFE
A
spirited, bright and affectionate
11-year-old boy named James is
mostly happy-go-lucky. Havoc stirs when
unexpected changes trigger anxiety and
stress, causing a meltdown. Diagnosed with
autism, James has benefitted greatly from
getting his autism service dog, " Prince, " now
4 years old, from Retrieving Freedom Inc. (RFI).
James' parents, Scott and Lisa,* are overjoyed
that the 75-pound black male Labrador
Retriever joined their family two years ago.
" Some family outings are more difficult than
others, " says Lisa. " Prince is trained to help James
in especially tough situations by applying pressure
against his body, which calms and relaxes him. When we
go on shopping trips, vacations and outdoor activities,
the entire family feels reassured by having Prince along. "
Prince's journey to becoming a service
dog started as a puppy.
" James is always excited to be out in public,
especially when people show an interest in
Prince, " adds Scott. " James holds the leash,
and this gives him confidence. "
Prince's journey to becoming a service
dog protected by the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) started in puppyhood
with a puppy foster parent who introduced
socialization and obedience and culminated
at 2 years of age after three stages of successful
training at RFI. The real test, the
Assistance Dogs International (ADI) public
access test proving teamwork ability in
public, came after 100 one-on-one hours working with
James and his family. They passed.
The National Institute of Mental Health describes
autism spectrum disorder as a neurological and develJames
plays ball with his autism service dog, " Prince, " at home.
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https://www.retrievingfreedom.org/ https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd

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