Join Date: May 2010
Location: Northeast Iowa
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I work in a Waiver home...for higher functioning individuals with disabilities. Two individuals live in the home I work. One has MR and autism, and loves cats, and has a pet cat. The other has MR and various other diagnosis, and prefers dogs (He had one when he first came to our agency, but he didn't do well at caring for it, so it was rehomed.) Anyway, I have taken Yogi and Boo to visit them several times, to visit the guys, and play with the cat. Yogi was very well socialized as a pup, as we got her in the summer, and exposed her to everything, everyone, all sounds, all circumstances, and she's very unreactive because of this. Boo, on the otherhand, was brought home during the winter months, and wasn't socialized like Yogi was, and hence...she barks at everything. So when I've taken the girls to work with me, and Boo plays with the cat, she barks and barks and barks...and my guy with autism does not like it and will always slam his bedroom door shut when Boo's doing her barking thing! So, altho it is alway so important to the pup's well being, to be properly socialized...I think it's doubley important in this situation, to get your puppy socialized to everything you can!!! Good luck, and keep us posted how it's going!
Stacey, Yogi (Gerty), and Baby Boo