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Analogy: autism and hounds

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by DavidS, Jun 11, 2021 at 5:52 AM.

  1. DavidS

    DavidS Active Member

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    I’ve always loved hounds, I think I’ve read “Where The Red Fern Grows”at least 40 times and the weird part is it’s always something different that makes me sad.

    Alright, so, here’s the analogy. A hound is not sick nor has a disease, a hound is a hound. They’re affectionate animals and will love to spend time with you, but instinctively once they’ve locked in on a scent they’ll follow it till they’re satisfied, no matter what’s in the way. Sometimes it’s intended by their human sometimes not. It’s the worst idea to walk a hound off leash, they can be gone for hours but they’ll always end up finding their way back to you. Without the proper considerations of mental and physical exercise you’ll never be able to bond with a hound, they have needs and they’ll go crazy if they’re not met. Some basics parallels can be drawn between them and ourselves.
     
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    Yes, I had two whippets and I used to think they were the autistics of dogworld.
     
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  3. MyLifeAsAnAspie

    MyLifeAsAnAspie Well-Known Member

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    There is certainly plenty of neurodiversity in dog breeds. I have a Williams Syndrome dog, Labrador Retriever :).
     
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    I relate well to animals in general, especially those I have come in close contact with and had as pets (Dogs, Cats, Birds). Something about their ways is easy to understand and it is easy to also create a bond. I think it is more likely that I will easily connect with any strange dog or cat then person.

    I think certain parallels can be drawn between us, but would guess there is no true sameness between us and any creature. There are too many distinct differences in nature, and animal species each have their own psychology and responses.

    But as certain species more easily adapt to coexistence with us (the first known domestication was wolves to dogs) there may be something extra in some spectrum person's makeup that takes the connection a step further. I would not be surprised for example to find people with autism over represented in the so-called 'Dog Whisperers', 'Horse Whisperer's, etc.
     
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    Gerontius Well-Known Member

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    Dude you rock. This might be the best way to explain autism to my family if they ever need a quick explanation.

    Also, family used to have hounds & before the age of 10, like some redneck Romulus (or Charlie Brown & Snoopy) I was practically raised by a beagle.
     
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  7. Wolfsage

    Wolfsage In training to be Wolf King.

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    Maybe it's because animals are simple. Theirs no social trap to walk into like with people. They love unconditional and are loyal. Very few humans are either of these words and the world is worst for it. Especially in these times.
     
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    So you are saying Aspies are akin to hounds as described here? Yes, I get that. Simple and loving. Yet inclined to go off on our own independent focus and explore it thoroughly, without regard to the wishes of others at times.
     
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    mm hounds have no desire to please authority figures, or mine didn't. They're great mindreaders but great at ignoring it.
     
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    Akitas are different from most breeds. They are very independent, aloof and want to do their own thing. If you walk them, you need to keep them on a long lead, or they are inclined to wander off. More like cats than dogs :)
     
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  11. DavidS

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    Theie focus is highly akin to obsession, think crossing a busy intersection at rush hour just so they can continue the scent trail. People who hunt with hounds either have to use a gps collar or have to figure out in advance where they are going and head them off, otherwise they’d just keep doing what they were designed to do.

    If their minds aren’t properly “stimmed” they will have something akin to an autistic meltdown.
     
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    Nope it's just difference, the more you RESPECT them as sentient beings the more you know neurotypical perverted thinking is wrong, we are brainwashed by neurotypicals into destroying ourselves because they can't stand difference
     
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