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Features August 2018 Issue

Are Some Dogs Autistic?

Trance-like staring, a feature of autism in people, has also been associated with possible autism in dogs.

Are Some Dogs Autistic?

Animal behaviorists work to distinguish a genetic predisposition from life events that could affect behavior.

Emotional remove, repetitive (sometimes self-injurious) behaviors, unexplained and often aggressive outbursts, trance-like staring. These are some of the hallmarks of autism, a disorder currently identified in one in 59 children, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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