Max typically likes animals. Whenever we are on a walk he is interested in the dogs he sees and will pet the animal if the owner stops and says it is okay. I think that Max was a little bit overwhelmed last night as we have never had a dog that size (Nikon is 80 lbs!) in our house, and we also had the entire Carefoot crew in attendance. With Janine, that made 5 adults, 2 kids and a dog. Nikon is an amazingly patient dog. While he isn't a working service dog, he has received all of the service dog training and stayed calm through all of the noise, screaming, getting poked and prodded by Cameron, having Max rest his feet on him, and being the centre of attention.
Nikon is a very observant dog, and he kept his eyes locked on Max for most of the visit. It was interesting to me that even though we didn't specifically try to have Max and Nikon interact, Nikon seemed to know that Max was the reason he was at our home. Janine explained that it can take a fair bit of time for a child with Autism to bond with their dog. The main reason for an Autism Service Dog is for safety precautions. With a service dog, I wouldn't have to worry about Max bolting. We will be able to take Max places we aren't currently able to go to (even travel) once he has a service dog because safety issues will be addressed. Also, once Max is bonded to his dog, his dog becomes his constant, instead of his environment. Right now Max always sleeps at home because being in his bed is his constant. Our hope is that once he has a dog, he will be able to sleep over at his Nana and Bumpa's house, because he would feel comfortable and safe as long as his dog is with him.
|I didn't want Nikon to leave.|