Video Shows How Dog Calms Young Man In Midst Of Asperger’s Meltdown

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 8.37.18 AMI have often heard people question the use of service dogs for people with psychological conditions and thought that this videotape might change a few minds. It shows a young man having an Asperger’s attack and how his dog calms him down in a matter of minutes.

The video also shows the extraordinary power and love of animals in their relation with humans. I admit that I am a huge dog lover but it is hard not to see the beauty in this relationship.

18 thoughts on “Video Shows How Dog Calms Young Man In Midst Of Asperger’s Meltdown”

  1. Well it is a good thing the poor little crazy kid didn’t have a cat

    I know. Usually cats could really not care. BUT….we have a 13 year old indoor fraidy cat who usually doesn’t want much to do with us.

    When my husband and I are in a spirited discussion…usually about politics. Not arguing or yelling at each other [which we never do] but, rather, more vigorous and louder conversation than usual. The cat comes running and jumps back and forth on our laps and wants to be petted, basically demanding attention. Once we stop our conversation and pay attention to her and we are back to our not debating voices….she goes away and gets back to ignoring us.

    We speculate that she either wants to calm us down, which works and makes us laugh……or she is annoyed by our louder voices and can’t yell SHUT UP at us….so whatever works so she can get some peace and quiet. Probably the second option

    Dogs are so very tuned into the emotions of their owners. To see the efforts of the dog to stop this young man from hurting himself and the dogs attempt to stop and distract was so heartwarming.

  2. I’ve always believed that our early ancestors befriended the wolves because they knew they couldn’t make it on their own… and probably wouldn’t have.

  3. Well it is a good thing the poor little crazy kid didn’t have a cat, because if you start acting weird around a cat, they haul buns under the bed and stuff. They are smarter than dogs, and they don’t stick around to see how it all ends.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  4. Ah, what a sweet, comforting Rottie, and a precious moment between them captured.

  5. S. Fleischer, the requirement that Mr. Geist post bond came from the legislature and not from the court. State law requires the plaintiff to post a bond to ensure the officer recovers attorneys fees and costs if he prevails (I don’t condone it–just explaining it). The court’s options are limited under those circumstances.

  6. Yes BarkingDog, some probably are not, but at the same time many disabilities are not visible. In my case. CRPS/RSD is almost completely invisible unless you have the temerity to look closely for the edema on the bad days, the neuropathy, the incredible burning pain that accompanies every step…
    It is not visible at first glance when I hop out of the little sports car I bought with the settlement (my one indulgence), and I do get dirty looks.

    Luckily I have almost zero problems with my service dog, even when he is not attired in his service dog outfit. He is impeccably trained and behaves well as he does his job, but just last night as we ate in a restaurant we had a discussion with a manager who was initially apprehensive about allowing any service dogs into his establishment because of his past experience where (in general) women had abused the designation to bring in their toy dogs which would run around on tables and act like the spoiled children that they were. Fortunately by the end of our visit we were able to rehabilitate Service Dog reputations a tad, and after our meal he personally brought over a huge bag of bones for my guy who had simply sat next to our table waiting for anything I needed.

    Service Animals- regardless of their function, are a very necessary part of their owner’s existence. I have bred, trained and used them for several years.
    They should never be denied entry anywhere and their owners should never be hassled about them, but the trend of fashionable ladies abusing the designation to be able to take their untrained spoiled toy dogs wherever they desire has to stop.

  7. When you drive your car up and park in a space marked “Handicapped” then you need to have a sticker on the car. Ever notice how many people with the sticker do not look handicapped? It does not mean that they are not but some probably are not. If you made guide dogs and their pals bear a sticker then you would have a similar problem. Lawsuits would ensue on behalf of the kid in the video and others. All humans need dogs for guidance. Many humans do not know this. Many humans scoff at my comments. What does a dog know or how can a dog type in the computer? For many of you humans there can be no guidance. This is why they turn to drugs or dumb religion. Those two things are of little help and some hindrance. Dogs were put here on Earth for a reason. Dog spelled backwards is God. After the Eighth Day when God put Dog on Earth to give humankind guidance, God stepped out of the picture and is not up there on Cloud Nine with Google to help. If you have a question seek guidance from your dog. If you don’t have a dog then get one. Some dogs need some training to work with a harness to guide you across streets and whatnot if you are blind. It took a President to give advice to the populace: I once was blind, but now I am found.

  8. Agree with the previous comments…this is NOT Aspergers but very likely to be part of the Autism spectrum disorder profile, as demonstrated by the behavior shown. It is not appropriate to ‘diagnose’ via a youtube /video observation but assuredly this is very unlikely to be Aspergers.

  9. fran, That was my thoughts also. From my experience w/ a couple students, and w/ a few adults, is Asperger’s is more subtle than the classic autistic person. Autism is a spectrum, and Asperger’s @ the lower end of that spectrum.

  10. Why don’t you go volunteer to put out that Canadian wildfire. It’s making it cloudy where I live.

  11. Isaac, I have investigated fraud for over 30 years. I’m working on a fraud case currently. I don’t need snarky comments from an underachieving architect on fraud.

  12. I have never questioned the use of service dogs for people like this, knowing how great they can be. But, the fraudulent use of service dogs casts a doubt over all service dogs.

  13. There has been a spate of cops entering private property and shooting service dogs because the cops “felt threatened”.

    The laws and courts generally maintain that cops have an absolute right to shoot dogs even when the cops are trespassing.

    Even worse, the cops (by refusing to release information) and courts tend to team up to block any meaningful legal action (see the Geist case in Salt Lake City where a judge required the owner of the dog to post a $25K bond before he can sue the cop who trespassed and shot his dog).

    This clip should be required watching for those who claim “It is just a dog”.

  14. I have never heard of an Asperger Attack; I have heard that Asperger Syndrome has been eliminated as a form of autism (in other words, the autism spectrum has been categorized as having no spectrum? It is either you’re Autistic or not?). Is their a psychiatrist or psychologist in the house? What is the difference between an autistic individual and a severely ADD or ADHD person? Why are you able to receive a disability check for an autistic individual but not for the latter?

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