A murderer and an autistic boy


Right as  Zachary Tucker started school, he was given a diagnosis that both helped and scared his parents. He had the form of autism known as Asperger's
and his condition was getting noticeably worse over time.  

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His autism didn't just harm his social development but it also triggered panic attacks. It was hard for him to sleep and he broke  down crying regularly. Calming this little boy down and keeping him on an even keel was  difficult, as much as his parents were  desperate to help. Zack  wouldn't  let anyone touch him when he was having an attack.

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His parents Arthur and Susy were ready to try anything when they stumbled across the name of a very special man on the internet: Chris Vogt, a dog trainer specializing in preparing canine companions for children with autism. From everything they read about him, it looked like he was the best in the business.  

There was just one problem.

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Chris Vogt is serving a 48-year prison sentence for murder. He's already been locked up since 1998. But from prison he's been participating in a program to rehabilitate shelter dogs.

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It's clear that Chris found his true calling in this program. He had already learned everything there is to know about autism and gone through extensive dog trainer education.

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At the  time there still wasn't a demand for companion dogs for autistic kids. Mostly, the dogs trained by prisoners were  focused on the deaf and blind. But Chris was fascinated by autism and convinced that this would become relevant.



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