Hi if anyone knows any information about a good kind of dog for my son, he was born with Noonan syndrome and has some medical problems, we would need a dog that he wouldn't necessarily be allergic to, but he also he some physical and mental delays so we need a dog that has already been trained, is EXTREMELY patient with young children as well as protective, will encourage interaction from my son but will assist him in gaining some emotional independence. If anyone has any ideas or websites I could visit please let me know.
Im sorry, I do not know of any websites but I have heard that golden retrievers are excellent for children, very gentle and loving. Around campus, many people who have service dogs have either chocolate labs or german shepherds to assist them around campus. Those dogs are very smart, calm, and loving. Good luck on your search I hope I helped somewhat!
There are a lot of places that train dogs to help children and adults. Did you say you child is allergic to dogs? If he is, then I would say a labradoodle, they were originally bred for the soul purpose of guide dogs for allergic children and adults.
Well, I think a dog that he can put in his lap would be nicer for him. Maybe a Bichon Frise, or an older Chihuahua. Or a small mutt that is not very hyper. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063
Perhaps it would be helpful if you expalined what the dog's role in your son's life is to be? Companion, Assistance? Are you looking for a laid back, quiet type of dog? Large or small if a companion? In doing a quick check, I see that Noonan's syndrome effects the heart as well as muscles and skeletal problems. Does your son suffer from allergies as well? By the way, in doing a quick search, I have found several sites created by parents who have children suffering from the same syndorme, many stating that their child's ailments improved with proper care as they aged. Good luck with the search and God Bless
If it's not too big for you, I would definately check into a golden. I have one that I adopted from the shelter at about age 1 1/2. Most of the "puppiness" was already out of him. He is very laid back and is great with all kids. Also, my son has allergies and asthma and this dog doesn't bother him at all. He's all over him, all the time. Of course, all kids (and allergies) are different, so just be sure first. Good luck to you. Send more info if you can.
I also agree that getting a clam, OLDER dog is best for a child with disabilities, they will be much more patient and a LOT less work for you as well. The key is trying to find a well trained and calm dog. Definitely call around to service dog places and they can give you ideas. I don't know about a small dog for a young child, esp. if being extra patient is a big priority for you.... that would not be my choice-
Hi! I have 2 Golden Retrievers and they are so wonderful with children. There are organizations that train them to be around people with disabilites. Mature Goldens already have that inborn knowledge that they need to be careful around children. They are so loving and patient and gentle. They live to be petted and loved and talked to. If you need one that is already trained, try contacting a breed rescue group--sometimes some of those dogs have been fostered and already know many things. If that doesn't work, try a local dog grooming or vet's office. They usually have people they can put you in contact with. Good luck in your search and I hope your son does well.
I am in a wheelchair and looked into Canine Companions. They are a wonderful organization. The reason I decided against it is because of the requirements they impose on the family in terms of going to their regional facility many times. For me, that would be a 4-5 hour drive. Also, CCI maintains ownership of the dog and decides where it is placed after its working years are complete. There are many similar organizations that you can find by doing web searches for disabled service dogs. These organizations are all over the country. I even know of one in Pennsylvania that trains different kinds of dogs other than the traditional lab/goldens that are so often used. For myself, I did not need a dog the size of a lab/golden to do physical activities. The main thing a dog could help me with is picking things up when I drop them. Well, I found a puppy at the local shelter and decided to see if he could be trained to help me. (I adopted him because I love him, even if it turned out he would be nothing more than a super pe.) Anyway, he is now 10 months old (he is a cock-a-poo) and 15 lbs. He is doing fabulously in obedience and is moving on to learning to retrieve things on command. At this point I have really high hopes for him. But, I will say this is a very expensive way to go because I am paying to have someone train him. I wish you the best of luck.
I think that a small fragile dog like a chihuahua is a mistake, definitely. Many small dogs don't tolerate a child's rough play, terriers and toys especially. I know if I had a small dog my 3 year old would have been bitten many times over. I agree with some of the others, a nice and stable adult dog might be a better choice for you. If you have a breed in mind, you can probably get in touch with a lot of different breed rescues that will have done temperament testing and possibly know a lot aobut the background of the dogs. It will come to you spayed or neutered, housetrained, and possibly with some basic commands as well.
i'd say a labrador or golden, an adult dog as the others have said. they are such wonderful people dogs. for allergies, if you could find a standard poodle with the right temperament? i wonder if that would work.
I dont know if you know of the English mastiff breed, But they are very loyal and loving with children. Theyg et really big. So I would go wiht a fm . THey usually stay at mature at 4 years old about 135 to 165 sometime bigger.They arent a hiper breed. They dont jump up on your kids aleast mine dont. If your intersted in the breed you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I can tell you more of the breed they are truly gentle giants. I hope that giving my # and email was ok on this forum if not I am sorry, wasnt sure . Jenny