I know my son can't get a seeing guide dog until he's 18 & can get a companion dog at age 10, do you know anything about companion dogs?

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Posted by wondermin on Nov 18, 2016 - 10:40am

Service dogs are fairly common for people and kids of different diagnoses. Service dogs can assist kids who have mobility challenges, seizures, diabetes and more. I would recommend finding a reputable source to learn more about service animals other than guide dogs. I found this information on 4 Paws for Ability: http://4pawsforability.org .

A companion dog is a family pet with no specific training or certification. They do not have public access rights like service dogs. If you're looking for a certain type of dog for your son or a breed that is well known for being great with kids, it is best to plan ahead and do the research. Here are a few sources you can learn more about choosing a pet:

http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2013/05/09/how-to-choose-the-right-...

http://www.childrensdisabilities.info/therapy-service-animals/therapy-as...

http://www.petguide.com/blog/dog/top-10-therapy-dog-breeds