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Highlighting the potential benefits of dogs to families living with autism

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THE positive impact that pet dogs can have on autistic children was highlighted at this year's European Pet Night on February 12.

Preliminary findings from research into the relationship between dogs and people conducted by the Parents Autism Workshops and Support (PAWS) initiative, in association with Dogs for the Disabled, the University of Lincoln and the National Autistic Society, were showcased at the event, which was held at the BELvue Museum in Brussels.

Helen McCain, director of training at Dogs for the Disabled, explained how the introduction of a pet dog could improve the lives of families living with autism. The chemistry between a dog …

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