What can we learn from dogs about sensory overstimulation?

Posted by: alisrowe, August 5, 2018

If you have a dog or know a bit about dogs, you’ll know that canine professionals often talk about dogs who are understimulated (dogs that need more mental/physical stimulation). There’s the opposite too – dogs who are overstimulated.

A lot of dog owners think that the reason their dog is too energetic, too bouncy, too hyper, etc. is because they are not getting enough stimulation (not enough walking, games, not going out enough, not enough training, etc.), but sometimes it’s because they are getting too much.

I have learned a lot about sensory overstimulation from learning about my dog. I think that we can learn about ASD from dogs.

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