Signs for Diagnosing Autism
If you have started noticing specific repetitive patterns in your dog’s daily behavior, there is a high probability that your canine buddy has autism. Occasional running in circles or jumping up and down for a walk outside need not be linked to autism. Stil, the increased frequency of specific movements like rocking, banging head on a wall, or any other daily routine that your dog finds difficult to stop repeating is a potential issue.
In this case, your dog turns out to be uncooperative and resistant to change. Ensure to be extra vigilant so that your buddy doesn’t cause self-harm due to this symptom.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an even more severe form of repetitive behavior observed in autistic dogs. A typical example will be that your dog gets aggressive if anyone tries to move one of their toys from a specific place in the house.
In general, dogs are friendly and sociable creatures. They enjoy meeting people, socializing with the family and other dogs. However, the level of sociability in dogs varies from each dog and each breed. In case your dog has recently shown withdrawal symptoms with you, this is something to look into at the earliest. For instance, if they don’t respond to their names, have poor eye contact, or show hardly any facial expressions, then the odds of autism are on the rise.
Try giving the usual commands your dog responds to with ease. If the outcome is lackluster along with extreme passive or disruptive reactions from your dog, the situation beckons for medical help.
Understandably, newly adopted puppies display shyness till they get accustomed to the new home and surroundings. But this natural shyness wears off as they grow. In contrast, the social awkwardness due to autism remains and demands treatment.
Fall in Energy Levels
Dogs are designed to be energetic. They enjoy playing games, going for walks, and displaying exuberance while happy. An overall feeling of lethargy and dip in enthusiasm is a symptom. My brother’s husky, Millie, displayed this symptom last summer. She refused to move out of her room for weeks. Timely medical consultation and therapy have been a game-changer in showing signs of improvement.