Animal Assisted Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 25th, 2017

It is common now to hear of dogs been helpful with children on the autism spectrum.  Research has shown that outcomes included improvements for multiple areas of functioning known to be impaired in ASD, namely increased social interaction and communication as well as decreased problem behaviors, autistic severity, and stress.

(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23124442   M.E.O’Haire Author

On the other hand research by Davis et al 2015  advised that caregivers and practitioners are cautioned in selecting AAI as it is unclear the impact this may have in treating impairments in social communication and restricted, repetitive behaviours in children with ASD.   They also point out that not all animals may want to serve as a therapist and argues that animals should never be forced to work

http://daddcec.org/Portals/0/CEC/Autism_Disabilities/Research/Publications/

Education_Training_Development_Disabilities/2015v50/ETADD_50(3)_316-329.pdf

 

Dogs – good for Depression

February 19th, 2016

Many people report that they find having a dog as a pet can help them with their depression.

It means they have to exercise the dog and there is much evidence that walking is helpful for depression (along with eating well).

It also means that they are connecting to someone by having a pet in their lives and it means they have to think about the dog and the dog’s needs.

Also when out walking there may be social interaction and contact with others.

Some people say having full responsibility for a dog is a bit too much for them, so they walk their neighbours’ dogs

DOGS AND PETS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

August 26th, 2015

The social skills and attachment to dogs of children with autism spectrum disorder.

Carlisle GK.

J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 May;45(5):1137-45. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2267-7.T

It was good to read this research done with 70 parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)  which showed that they reported that children who owned dogs did better on tests for social skills.  

It was also good to note that children who had pets – including dogs -had “significantly greater skills for subscale item “assertion”. 

Their findings report that children with ASD who have dogs or pets may have better social skills

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25308197

DOGS ABLE TO PREDICT SEIZURES BEFORE THEY OCCUR

April 21st, 2015

Recently I watched the 2009 film  “My sister’s Keeper” for the second time and I was so impressed by the dog who was able to predict his owner’s epilepsy seizures.  I started to wonder were any dogs trained to do that here in Ireland but could not locate any – that does not mean it does not happen.

According to the Epilepsy website “Some people with epilepsy have found that trained seizure dogs help them with securing speedy assistance when a seizure occurs or alerting others for help”  http://www.epilepsy.com/get-help/staying-safe/seizure-dogs

I was delighted to see from the Service Dog Central website “that approximately fifteen percent of dogs are naturally able to predict seizures before they occur. On average, these predictions or alerts are made 10-20 minutes before the seizure, giving the person with the seizure disorder an opportunity to move to a safe place, take medication, call for help, or notify friends or family of the impending seizure so they can be checked later” http://www.servicedogcentral.org/content/node/491

One thing I was really surprised about was the concept of people saying their dogs were service dogs when, in fact, they were not.  In British Columbia their  “newly revised Guide Dog and Service Dog Act is set to take effect later this year and will be among the first in Canada to tackle the subject of service animal impersonation, an issue experts say has escalated sharply in recent years. While there are no available numbers documenting the problem, service dog trainers and owners alike say their circles are increasingly abuzz with anecdotes of people putting official-looking paraphernalia on pet dogs in the hopes that they could then enjoy the same broad access rights as certified service animals.”

In the US last year there was an informational hearing on the subject of fake service dogs – by individuals who are exploiting service dogs by faking their pets as working service dogs – in order to keep their dogs with them in housing accommodation which does not allow pets – or travel in the cabin with them when flying in the US and not in a container or cage-  http://sbp.senate.ca.gov/sites/sbp.senate.ca.gov/files/Background%20Paper%20for%20Fake%20Service%20Dog%20Hearing%20%282-14-14%29.pdf

Dogs assisting Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

March 24th, 2015

I  heard about the good results achieved when pets visit nursing homes but I was glad to read this article

http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/memory-assistance-dogs/65537

about dogs being trained to assist Alzheimer and dementia patients.  This was first piloted in Israel and now in Scotland.  Dogs have a 6 foot long leash and GPS navigation device in their collar.  The main task for the dog is to bring his charge home when the command Home is given.

 

 

Dog Microchipping to be made compulsory in Ireland

February 23rd, 2015

According to recent newspaper and radio reports, from September 2015 all puppies will require to be microchipped and from March 2016 all dogs will have to be microchipped.

See www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/dog-microchipping-to-be-compulsory-coveney-says-1.211133

 

It would be wonderful if this meant that all found dogs would be quickly re-united with their owners – we are all volunteers here on www.lostdogs.ie and we love to hear of dogs being reunited with their owners

 

RETIRED RACING GREYHOUNDS AS PETS

October 17th, 2013

Theresa from Iowa has contacted www.lostdogs.ie as she would like everyone to know that retired racing greyhounds make great pets.  She says: ” I know those retired racers can be skittish at first.  Once a bit of trust is established, they make outstanding pets!    I have two retired greyhounds and we refer to them as the fastest couch potatoes on earth.”

County Council Pounds and SPCA Pounds

October 17th, 2013

Greg has contacted us here at www.lostdogs.ie  and would like to advise dog owners who have lost their dogs that they should contact county councils run pounds and also their ISPCA branch.

 

 

Urgent Appeal for Dogs about to be PTS

December 18th, 2012

An urgent message has arrived asking if you can re-home any of these dogs from A Dogs Life as they are to be put to sleep very soon. Please help them if you can and pass on the message.

Kind regards
Lostdogs.ie.

RE-UNITED DOGS

March 23rd, 2012

It is great to see so much reunited dogs on the www.lostdogs.ie site. Users of the site who have lost dogs report that it gives them great encouragement to see so many reunited dogs.

This is a nice story about a reunited dog which was lost for 54 days in the Nevada Desert. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/05/dog-reunited-with-owner-after-surviving-53-days-in-nevada-desert/





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