Dogs for Autism Overview (length 10:00)

How have DFA service dogs help families with children affected by autism?

For more than 20 years, we have provided dogs trained in Assisting, Searching, and Alerting (ASA) to provide families a more secure and functional environment.


  • Assistance The dogs can provide logistical safety and more independence in public. A natural byproduct of this help is greatly reduced conflict between parent and child.
  • Searching  A trained dog provides an instantly-ready means to locate a child, whether in the home or outside.
  • Alerting  In a similar way to how a hearing assistance dog alerts, an ASA dog is trained to alert a parent to certain ctivities or situations.

Dogs for Autism has approached dog training with an innovative vision, believing that dogs can do a wide variety of tasks often thought impossible. This willingness to try new things has opened new doors to families who thought there was no hope. Unfortunately due to funding restrictions, we are not able to take any new applications at this time.


We recommend that any individual seeking a non-profit school to train a service dog consult Assistance Dogs International for a school serving his/her particular area. ADI provides a geographic index at this link:https://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/members/programs-search/

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