When this Lab interacts with a child with Down syndrome, you'll never imagine the magic that happens between the two.
Sometimes dogs just understand things. They get when we need them, and they know when we need a hug. They frequently know just what to do in a situation, even if we don't know how to handle things ourselves. And that's the case when this Lab interacts with a boy who has Down syndrome.
Down syndrome is a genetic disorder accompanied by symptoms such as stunted growth, mental impairment, and various physical abnormalities. The boy in this video, Herman, doesn't like to be touched and resists all physical contact. But Himalaya the Lab knows just what to do.
She's patient and quiet and soon you'll see that she and Herman develop a unique bond of mutual understanding and acceptance.
Dogs can bring out confidence in humans that they might not otherwise be able to access. The amazing part is that they do it without words. Dogs are masters of communication and can quickly read body language. In Himalaya's case, she knows just how persistent she needs to be in order to get Herman to engage with her, but she never pushes things over the edge or makes Herman truly uncomfortable.
Because dogs are so talented in these positive interactions with humans, they make excellent service and therapy animals. Dogs are so sensitive that they can identify when their owners are becoming stressed, upset, or fearful, and the dogs can then intervene to change the situation. When brought into an environment, like a hospital or nursing home for pet therapy, dogs can provide humans with comfort and can even encourage shy people to speak out or engage with them.
It's no secret that dogs are man's best friend, and this video proves just how intelligent and intuitive dogs actually are.