3.) Managing The Autism
One of the most crucial things you should probably do first is make sure what your doggy’s triggers are, or rather, what causes this peculiar behavior to start up and from there, try to avoid those things. For example, if your dog becomes scared and aggressive when approached by strangers at the dog park, don’t go to that dog park anymore. A walk down a quiet trail is a probably better choice. Less noise. Also, you can try some of the strategies that people with special needs dogs have found to work in the past. There are commercially available wraps that provide tightening pressure to the doggy’s body when triggers just can’t be avoided. Doggy’s can also be taught how to do “heavy work” by doing things like pulling a wagon loaded with heavy items or carrying a doggy backpack filled with softer weight. These kinds of activities are known to assist many people with autism, so it could work for your dog.
2.) Repeated Patterns of Behavior Could Be A Symptom
If your doggy starts to act out movements repetitively, with actions such as rocking, spinning, or hand-flapping, or if your doggo might act out such activities that could cause harm, such as head-banging, these could be signs of Autistic activity. If your dog develops particular routines or rituals and becomes disturbed at the slightest change of this, that could be a sign too. If your dog moves constantly, if he or she is being uncooperative or does not like anything having to do with change, that could be a sign to. Usually if the dog has issues with coordination or has some strange movement patterns, such as clumsiness or walking on his or her little toes, and has weird, rather stiff, or exaggerated body language, these could be signs too. Your doggy might be attracted to the details in an object, such as spinning wheels of a toy car, but doesn’t understand what the object is really doing. Your dog might be oddly uncomfortable with light, sound, and touch, and yet has no clue what pain is.
1.) Communication (Or Lack Thereof)
Problems with social communication and social communication might be some hints of autism. For instance, if your doggy doesn’t react to his or her name or appears not to hear you sometimes, this could be a sign. If your dog never wants to cuddle, doesn’t like to be held and seems to enjoy playing by himself instead and loves to go into into his or her own world, these are also signs of autism. If the dog Has problems with eye contact and never really has any facial expression, these are also signs. Say the dog never speaks, or maybe even has delayed speech, this could be a sign too. Basically if the dog Doesn’t seem to comprehend simple directions or tasks, or just doesn’t express any emotions in general, these are also symptoms. One more thing is that if your doggy sees you crying and doesn’t come running over to nurture you but instead is confused or careless about it, this is also a big symptom.
Watch the video below to see the characteristics of this dog with autism!
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