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Is it possible that my six-year-old tri-color collie suffers from autism?
From the very beginning, he has been frightened of people, noises, large moving objects (especially on wheels), etc. When taken for a walk in the city, he's uneasy--always alert for some oncoming menace--eager to get back to his inside "nest."
In addition, he has never really bonded with me and shows little interest in playing with other dogs. He's unusually large and compellingly handsome. Therefore, passing strangers want to pet him. He'll have none of that, trying desperately to side step anyone who approaches him.
In the country, where he feels less threatened, he will play with a stick for a minute, but he will quickly drop it with a seemingly short attention span.
His only strong, positive response is to treats and food.
Could this behavior be attributable to autism?