Some defining features of autism in humans are that, it is associated with explosive aggression, trance-like staring, and involves repetitive movements and self-injurious behavior. In addition, it is characterized by autonomy, impaired social interactions, and obsession with objects. People also exhibit tantrums/aggression/self-biting, inattention/hyperactivity, spinning, hand flapping, sensitivity to noise and various phobias. Can dogs be autistic? Is it possible that your dog’s strange behaviors are the result of autism? Attend this fascinating discussion as Dr. Dodman explores the question.
About Dr. Nicholas Dodman
Dr. Nicholas Dodman is one of the world’s most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists. In 1981 he became a faculty member of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine where he developed his interest in behavioral issues. He founded the Animal Behavior Clinic, one of the first of its kind, at Tufts in 1986. Since 1990, he has devoted his time entirely to the practice of animal behavior and has written five acclaimed bestselling books In addition, he has authored two textbooks and more than 200 articles and contributions to scientific books and journals. He also holds eight US Patents for various inventions related to the control of animal behavior. Dr. Dodman appears regularly on radio and television, including shows like: 20/20, Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dateline, World News, Discovery Channel, NOVA, Animal Planet, the BBC and many more.