Dog Saves Autistic Boy from Nightmares and Harm 

By: Nathan Grant

Dogs are known to be comforting in times of need or strife.

Whether it is illness or sadness, dogs seem to have a keen sense of when things are wrong. For Tupper, a three year old boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a dog’s compassion goes beyond comfort.

Tupper’s dog and best friend is Lego. As Tupper suffered through rough nights of thrashing and screaming during his sleep, Lego came to the rescue.

According to Tupper’s mother, Tupper had only been able to sleep between 3 and 6 hours each night. Not to mention, poor Tupper would end up waking up every 20 to 40 minutes! Ever since Lego came into the picture, Tupper has been able to sleep anywhere from 8 to 10 hours a night – and straight through!

“Lego settles him and cuddles with him during the night so we, as parents, don’t need to wake up multiple times a night,” Tupper’s mom, Nancy Dunlop, explained to the Dodo.

Lego began his training last December, and just began to live with the family full-time as of February. For Tupper, this was life changing. His life with Autism Spectrum Disorder could finally improve.

Lego’s help for Tupper extends beyond helping him sleep. As Tupper wakes from nightmares and begins engaging in self-harm or self-destructive behaviors, Lego nudges and stops the behaviors in their tracks.

Lego also helps Tupper to avoid harming himself throughout the day. While Tupper used to rush towards traffic during his time outside, Lego has stopped this from happening almost entirely. Tupper no longer runs like this nearly as often, as he wishes to stay near Lego. When he does run, Lego simply places his paw on Tupper and keeps Tupper safe.

“Lego is learning to chase down and contain Tupper to give us time to catch him,” Tupper’s mother told the Dodo.

The bond between Lego and Tupper has led to the most loving and natural relationship. Lego’s extensive training and strong abilities allow him to keep Tupper calm and safe. To help with Lego’s training costs, there is a GoFundMe created by Nancy Dunlop!

To see more about Tupper and Lego, follow their Facebook page.

(h/t The Dodo and iHeartDogs)

Last Updated Tuesday 29th November, 2016

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