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The Joys and Challenges of Being a Dog Trainer on the Autism Spectrum

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I run a business as a professional dog trainer, which is challenging enough on its own — but being an atypical, aka neurodiverse dog trainer is even more difficult.

The dog part is easy. The people, not so much. I can read, understand and communicate easily with almost all dogs, while I find the same skills to be very challenging with people.

Then there is translating what I observe and learn from your dog and how I communicate with your dog into understandable instructions for you, the owner, without seeming judgmental (I am not) or condescending (I am not).

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