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I'm not sure how to deal with this new fixaton my son has picked up in the past couple weeks. (he has autism, is in the middle of the spectrum)
We've been watching my older daughters small yorkie dog for a few months now since she has a baby and worried about hte dog being jealous. The dog has had joint problems and had a $3000 surgery and hips replaced (which are plastic)
Now lately my son has been fixated on some disturbing behaviors to the dog. For example
he hugs the dog so tightly that the dog yelps! He'll toss the dog up in the air into a tail spin with the hopes that the dog will land on his paws, meanwhile laughing at it. He'll tease the dog, throw things at him, raise his hand or fist like he was going to hit the dog (but hasn't) to get the dog to aggressively bark at him. He's just been plain mean to the dog for no reason. The dog gets mad and barks, gives warning barks and runs away from his. My son will chase him and if the dog barks at him, he'll bark back at him meanly. So then my son will attempt to kick the dog. Of course it gets the dog going more.
this dog is small and under 10lbs, my daughter also has another dog only 3 lbs who we can't have my son around much he'll hold the dog and not let that one go until the dog is vomiting from excessive anxiety.
Also worried about my son being around his infant nephew???
This casn't be normal? I don't get it
About a year ago my son was trampled upon and bit by a large sweet black lab (at his friends house) because himand his friend were playing nerf guns and thought it was funny to tease the dog until the dog jumped my son. Bite him enough to puncture through a down coat, sweatshirt and long sleeve until 4 teeth went through his arm nearly chipping his bone. I had to grab the dog off him on the ground. You would think he'd be scared or nervous with dogs??
he's been around dogs and I don't understand this at all let alone what to do, except try to keep them part but sometimes next to impossible and not fair to anyone nor the dogs. At the same time if the dog bites him we can't be upset with the dogs???
Now if the dogs is gong towards him suspiciously and barking at him, my son will get in the dogs face bark back yell scream which makes the dog bark angrier. My husband and I dont understand why the dog hasn't torn his face yet?
but more confused as what to do, all the talks with our son hasn't helped at all. Doesn't care
I'm so glad I didn't get him a lab (working dog) for his epilepsy.