Axle is autistic boy's best mate

Jordan Schuh and his autism-assistance dog Axle will be heading to school together next term.
Jordan Schuh and his autism-assistance dog Axle will be heading to school together next term. Bev Lacey

NOT many people have a friend as devoted as Jordan Schuh's mate Axle.

Axle is one of Australia's first autism assistance dogs and you don't often see Jordan without him.

And they will be seeing a lot more of each other when term four starts at Gabbinbar State School, because Axle is due to start work in a school setting.

Jordan's mum Rebecca Schuh is thrilled with the new arrangement, which will mean Jordan has full emotional support from his best mate every day as well as an ice-breaker when chatting with other kids.

"Imagine how much easier it will be for Jordan when he can go to school with a dog who can shake hands and high-five to break the ice, as well as supporting him emotionally," she said.

"They have been together for about two-and-a-half years now and we couldn't live without Axle."

Tethered to Jordan when they are out together, Axle is trained to gently interrupt Jordan when he is engaged in repetitive behaviour, drop to the ground to prevent him running away, track him if he does run away, and also to be one of the few mates Jordan can easily comprehend.

There are a huge number of ways to help Righteous Pups carry out this special service.

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