Autism Assist Dogs

Since 2007, Can Do Canines has trained Autism Assist Dogs to help provide security and peace of mind to families with children with autism.

When in public, the child wears a specially designed belt that connects the dog’s pack to the child while an adult handles the dog’s leash. If the child attempts to run (a common behavior for children with autism), the dog becomes a gentle, steady anchor to keep the child safe until the adult can get the situation under control.

For many of these children, being out in public places is overly stimulating and causes ‘meltdowns’ due to sensory overload. Families now can go out and enjoy a meal in a restaurant, or go to the mall, with less concern that the child will become overstimulated, meltdown or try to run. Autism Assist Dogs also act as a social buffer, so when people talk to the child about their dog it encourages the child to interact and practice verbal skills.

Due to the generosity of supporters like you all of our assistance dogs are provided to clients free of charge.


Learn more and apply for a Autism Assist Dog