It tends to be specific kinds of touch that autistic people are overwhelmed by, and one of the most common ones to be overwhelmed by is social touch. I wouldn’t be surprised if the boy experiences touch from an animal differently from touch from a human because it’s not processed as social touch. Can you by chance recommend any good articles or resources that dig into this? I would love to learn more about it.
I don’t like being hugged either, except by my immediate family members. I find it an invasion of space, awkward, and sometimes a bit claustrophobic. I’m very aware it’s not the touch for me, it’s the overly intimate social interaction. I’m on the spectrum and love to be touched, but only when I want to be touched. The world is indeed too bright at times. Love me some good shades.