The Guild of Shepherds & Collies

Herding Breeds Breaking Barriers with Autism


herding autism

We’re all familiar with service dogs – they’ve been around for quite a while.  But did you know that dogs are now being trained to aid families with autistic children?  And herding dogs have just the right temperament and instincts to fit the bill.

No one knows exactly what causes autism, but it affects about one in every 150 children.  Characterized by a developmental disability, it can be especially hard for families to handle when their toddlers suddenly withdraw into their own bubble.  It often becomes difficult for them to communicate and socialize with others – making the right dog a godsend.

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