Should I get a Dog?
Dogs are a mans best friend, right? And what about other pets? Should an adult with sensory issues, have one in his or her life? Or perhaps, will it make the individual feel either too attached and dependent on it? Is it overall a smart financial and time commitment? Or more of a sensory nightmare.? Or worse yet, will it end up a neglected pet that the sensory issued individual feels sad they can’t properly care for?
The reason the topic is a dog specifically is because 1. They take some work and financial responsibility to own. 2. Because some are allergic. 3. Because sensory issues can be effected buy owning one. Again, sensory issues, not allergies. Although, that’s important too note too.
The truth sadly is- most Aspies, and some ASD, ADHD, Dyspraxia, and others with PSD aren’t very well off financially. And the ones who are, honestly as adults rarely hyperfocus on pets. And people with ASD, especially if combined with ADHD or LD’s aren’t able to multi-task very well on side jobs that don’t need there full attention most of the time. Not to mention, we need, predictability. Although some dogs provide some of this. They don’t provide it all. So, often, if you live alone or in a shared living place where you need to be even partly responsible for the pet. This usually isn’t a good idea. However, if you get the perfect pet for you and your situation, you know how to own one, have the time, energy and finances to support it, along with it’s already trained. AND SO ARE YOU. And you either live alone or with a significant other who matches all these things. And shares in the responsibilities of owning it. Then, and only then feel free to get one.
Where can the sensory issues occur? Well, getting overwhelmed buy the responsibility, getting sad, your not being a GREAT owner. The dog groomers, or your own dog wash products, the smell when the dog gets really dirty. When I say the groomers, I mean the products they use to wash the dog, or the clean cut smell after there hair cut. Or perhaps a smell the dog might hold onto from other peoples products who work at the groomers. Heavy collagen, perfume, or worse yet, cigarette second hand. ( really hope you avoid any groomers where that could be present) Especially if your dog is on the larger size and very furry or hairy. They could also occur a lot if the dog isn’t perfect for you or isn’t trained.
They could have a hair or fur that you hate the feel of, a really annoying piercing bark. They will do when you least need it. Or perhaps they can’t stop scratching your floor. And if there’s a rug. Forget it. It’s trashed. If there not super well trained. You also have to consider there personality. Some dogs once trained know better, but, couldn’t care less. They’ll annoy you any way.
So, if your in the place to own a dog. Expect a lot of responsibility to give that animal and yourself a very happy life, and relationship with you. Pay for health insurance for it monthly. Go through training yourself on how to understand and communicate with it. And although it’s in some ways easier to care for then a 3-6 yr old. In other ways it’s harder. Why? Because unlike a 4 yr old, there is rarely nursery school, there’s never as an advanced vocab, and there’s a lot less trained help ( if any) on how to care for it. I’ve had too learn how to train a dog before. And I’ve done it with more then one. It’s not easy. And I did a pretty good job, with a fairly challenging dog most recently. Who came from a home that neglected him and ultimately left him to be homeless. He’s a shitsuew mini poodle mix so, he’s very bright and hypoallergenic. He’s a a small dog. But, larger then most small dogs. Teaching a dog requires you to learn an excellent set of owner and dog body language. Aspies are naturally born clueless in this department.
The pluses of a dog, once trained you may be able to leave them in a house alone. Unlike a 4 yr old. The downsides, well. isn’t THAT obvious and besides the point! Lol!