In partnership with The National Autistic Society and the University of Lincoln, Dogs for Good completed a three year research project investigating why dogs affect children with autism and the impact on the family as a whole.

The research found that owning a pet dog reduced stress in parents of children with autism.

Research results February 2016

The University of Lincoln has published the findings of the research in an Open Access Paper:

What Factors Are Associated with Positive Effects of Dog Ownership in Families with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder? The Development of the Lincoln Autism Pet Dog Impact Scale.

Read this paper online.

Introduction to the study

To find out more about the intentions of the study and meet some of the children and families involved, watch the introduction below:

You can also read about other research studies carried out on the topic.

As PAWS is the first ever project of its kind we were awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant to carry out this research funded by The National Lottery. We are very grateful to all the families who took part and made it a success.