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June 01st 2010:Family Caregivers and Dog Guides for Autism Assistance

Roxanne Davis is the mom of an autistic son, Mason. Chris Fowler, a professional Dog Guide trainer since 1994, trained the two autism assistance Dog Guides, Zeus and Dublin, that Roxanne Davis talks about. Roxanne and Chris tell us about the experience of autism and the assistance that Dog Guides provide to autistic children, their families and their family caregivers. Chris talks about the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and its work. Roxanne tells us about her family’s experience with Zeus and Dublin. Chris explains how Dog Guides are trained and how the families are prepared for the e

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Roxanne Davis

Roxanne Davis describes herself as the stay-at-home mom of two great kids. Hayley is her 14 year old. She’s an amazing girl who’s musically talented, and very helpful and loving to her brother, Mason. He is 11 and has profound autism, diagnosed at the age of 3. He’s received intensive therapy since. He, too, is an amazing child. Though he’s limitedly verbal he reads and can surf the web better than his mom, says Roxanne. He received his second service dog, Dublin, in January 2010 when his first dog, Zeus, retired. Dublin goes to school with him, where they are in grade five. They are doing amazingly well together. His dogs have allowed us to be an active normal family, she says, because we w
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Chris Fowler

Chris Fowler has been a professional Dog Guide trainer since 1994. In 1996 he co-founded the world’s first Service Dog program to assist autistic children and their families. He pioneered the puppy program and the training program. He mastered the various family assessments and services needed to ensure success for service dogs in assisting autism. Since 2004, he’s helped service dog organizations in Ireland, Spain, the US and Canada with starting their autism programs. In 2005, he received the RL Peterson Award for pioneering autism dog training and serving families with autism. He trained “Abby” who was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in 2005 for her work with a child with aut
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