The Virginia Institute of Autism Students Encounter Service Dogs

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The Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) brought in some special guests Friday with four legs and fur.

Students at the institute got the chance to play with a handful of service dogs and puppies.

Service dogs by Warren Retrievers supplied the pups in hopes of teaching what textbooks cannot.

VIA says furry friends help with socialization by strengthening communication and redirecting repetitive behaviors.

"He's a dog. And he is a good friend. And he is cute. And he is very nice,” said Cooper Wood, of the Virginia Institute of Autism.

VIA adds that service dogs can also help students with autism sleep better and experience less anger and frustration.