Service Dogs as Companions for Children


There are many different disability aids that can help make life easier. Some aids may even make life a little more fun. However, most adaptive tools do not have a great personality and love to interact with you. That is unless that adaptive tool is a service animal! 

 

Service dogs have become some of the best adaptive aids for the disabled, especially for children. These wonderfully trained animals not only provide a valuable service to their owner, but they also give their owner something to love and care for on a daily basis. It is a responsibility for the disabled owner to carry out, and for many, it is the first time that they have had a pet. 

 

Children seem to benefit most from service dogs because they give the child a companion. Children may be scared or uncomfortable around another child that is in a wheelchair or needs walking assistance or has trouble interacting because of an autism disorder. However, a disabled child with a service dog becomes more approachable to other children because they are curious about the dog. 

 

As the children approach the dog, they come to realize that the owner of the dog is just a kid like them, and that “breaks the ice” and friendships are formed. This also gives the disabled child a lot more confidence to be out in the world and in social situations. It is beneficial to everyone involved. 

 

When children learn to accept others with disabilities through this type of situation, it is a learned experience, not a taught one. A taught experience is when you tell your children to be kind to others, regardless of differences. A learned experience is when the child discovers on their own that they are the same as the disabled child, and the acceptance is genuine and long-lasting. This is what changes the world. 

 

There are many inspiring stories about service dogs that rescue people, prevent bad things from happening, or change the life of the owner by making them more independent. All of these stories are a testament to how wonderful these service dogs are to those in need. 

 


The love of a service dog can build independence and confidence and create ways for people to learn and discover each other without seeing a disability, but only seeing love for pets. 

 

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