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Dog being trained to help 4-year-old autistic boy

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- What do a three-month-old poodle and a four-year-old boy have in common?

Not much... yet.

However, Meet Bruce. Bruce is a three-month-old poodle, who is currently being trained to help four-year-old Trevor Louis, who suffers from autism.

The hope is that someday Bruce will be able keep Trevor from walking away from group outings, be able to track Trevor if he does get lost, and just be there to help keep him focused.

But all that training can cost quite a bit, so a fundraiser was hosted Sunday evening at Essex Park.

Trevor's dad, Damien Louis, explains it's a long but rewarding process.

"He's only three months old. So we're working on healing and socializing him. Just, right now, basic obedience training. But the full training will take about eight months," Louis told KTTC Sunday.

Trevor was diagnosed with autism at two-and-a-half years of age. He's now four and receives therapy sessions five days a week from the Minnesota Autism Center, which was also on hand at the park Sunday.

The family says they've set up an account people can donate to at area Wells Fargo locations to help defray the cost of training.

They also have an event page here.


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