We are now personally working with Angel and Benji, Havanese, to train them as Therapy Dogs to see if they can reduce the severity or totally circumvent the onset of a meltdown. Whereas Service Dogs are trained to work for a variety of special disabilities and provide physical assistance or control for some autism behaviors, therapy dogs can assist autistic children by making them feel socially and emotionally secure.

Havanese are cheerful little dogs with big brown eyes and affectionate with people. We will post more information about our experience as we gain it, and have started a blog at Therapy Dogs here on this website.