Service Dogs for Children with Special Needs

Helping Children to lead a more normal life

The German Shepherd service and assistant dogs at Regis Regal help to support children with a range of disabilities and special needs.

Our dogs help them to become more independent, confident, and very often become their best friend.

By making use of an assistance dog they can help build their confidence and provide much needed independence through assisting in various practical tasks, from helping to open and close doors, assisting with dressing and undressing, and even helping with physiotherapy.


Here at Regis Regal German Shepherds we can match you with the service dog best suited to your child's individual needs.

Service Dogs for Children with Autism

Children on the Autism spectrum can benefit in a variety of ways from having a service dog at their side. A German Shepherd service dog can act as a personal companion and improve a child's overall quality and enjoyment of life.

Some of the ways a service dog can contribute to an Autistic child's development include:

  • Quiet companionship
  • A loving, trusting relationship
  • Protective instincts
  • Playful interaction
  • A non-judgmental subject for practicing communication and expressing feelings

Service Dogs for Children with Seizures and Epilepsy

Children who suffer from Epilepsy and seizures often need constant attention and supervision. While the frequency and severity of seizures varies among individuals, there is always a safety concern if when they occur.

Service dogs can be trained to be invaluable partners for these children and their families. Dogs, including German Shepherds, offer peace of mind through:

  • Seeking/calling for another person for help in the event of a seizure
  • Helping to stimulate the child when a seizure occurs
  • Fetching an object, such as a phone, to indicate the child is in danger
  • Serving as physical support and helping to stabilize the child when recovering from a seizure

Service Dogs for Deaf Children

Deafness can present a danger for all people, but especially for children who may be less aware of their surroundings or potential risks. A German Shepherd service dog can be a life-saver (literally and figuratively) for deaf children by interpreting and translating sounds into visual and physical cues.

A service dog might hear one of these sounds and respond with a paw, nudge, or other trained response:

  • Ringing phone
  • Family member calling
  • Smoke alarm
  • Car horn honk
  • Baby crying

Families with specific needs can also be paired with a service dog trained on exactly the sound or stimulus their deaf child needs to be aware of.

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Matching Families with Loyal Assistance Dogs

Located in Spring Grove, IL, Regis Regal is the #1 breeder of German shepherds in North America. For 30 years, we have offered top-notch service dog training in Chicago and its surrounding areas. You can trust us to continually go above and beyond to make sure each pup finds their right partner.

We specialize in providing German shepherd assistance and support dogs for disabled children, helping to support them and provide much needed confidence and independence.

We spend years giving the best German shepherds service and assitance dog training in Illinois because we love what we do, and we try as best we can to ensure our dogs can go on to make a real difference to someones life.

Cindy Kelly, owner of Regis Regal
Cindy Kelly, owner of Regis Regal German Shepherds in Spring Grove, Illinois

Families we've helped previously

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