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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-18-2012, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Fascinating Observation while Socializing

We live right across the street from my children's school, so every afternoon at 3:15 I take Uther (15 weeks) out to the front yard when school is dismissed. The doors of the school open and kids come out, some running, some screaming, lots of bikes, cars, moms and dads...you get the idea.

The first few times I did this were tough on him. So much stimulation all at once made him pretty hyper. But, we don't have any plans to move, so I thought it would be best for him to get used to all the activity. Well, each day he's getting calmer and calmer. It's really amazing to watch him observe people, wag his tail, sit for greetings, etc. He actually looks forward to 3:15 now and runs to the door around that time of day.

Now one of our challenges is keeping him from getting too happy when the kids stop to say hello. So, yesterday is when something fascinating happened.

One of the kids came walking toward us with his mom and I could tell by their smiles and eye contact that they wanted to say hello. The mother asked if it would be ok for her son to pet the dog. I said yes but not until he is sitting and calm (he's usually all wags and wiggles and jumping up a bit). The thing is, Uther was already calm and actually in a "down" on the lawn. That's when I noticed that the boy was someone with special needs, autistic I think. Uther was so well behaved during this encounter. Unusually calm and polite. The mom and her son thanked me and walked away and then Uther went right back to his usual wiggly behavior.

Could he have known this child needed him to be extra calm???

I was amazed!

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It's amazing how dogs can "sense" people's needs and react accordingly (most of the time)

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How neat! I do believe that dogs can sense things like that. Good boy Uther!


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Wow that's a really great story! A lot of people think that the pinnacle of a dogs intelligence is to learn to do tricks, when really it's their ability to understand and sense emotions that's probably the most breathtaking thing about them.
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As the parent of a handicapped child (and working male GSD) I can say he absolutely sensed it. I see it every day when my son comes home from school, and every time he has a seizure. Dogs can sense energy, anxiety, etc and it sounds like that's just what he did.

I am constantly amazed how my over the top drive, Czech import manages to settle and be appropriate with my son, even getting up on his back legs to give him kisses in his wheelchair without even putting a paw on him. I'm also amazed he is able to sense his seizures before there is any physical evidence they are happening.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 01:29 PM
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I believe Uther sensed it too! My 5 months puppy is extra gentle with little kids. She wouldn't jump on them and only sits and licks. With adults she gets more excited and wiggly. It just makes you proud, doesn't it? =)
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 01:41 PM
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I think they definately sense these things.

My last rescue dog was an out and out nutcase - really wild and exciteable and mouthed really hard. But with the kids he was so gentle, I couldn't believe it.

The older the child the rougher he played - but as soon as he saw a young child he was sooo gentle again.
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I think so too- Stosh is especially calm and polite when my elderly in-laws come over. He knows to keep his distance when they're walking and when he's called over for a pet he practically holds his breath and sits perfectly still.
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I was amazed when a little 1 year old girl came up to my boy and just hugged him. He sat there extremely calm and let her do it. He's fine with kids, but can get rambunctious with older/faster moving ones. So I was never worried about a bad response, but he's just not a calm dog, so it was amazing to see him just calm down and let her do that.
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