Dear Miss Ruby, Canine Dog Therapist,
As an experienced CDT here’s some basic guidelines for your new career.
- Always have kleenex ready. It’s tax-deductible.
- Do not take insurance. Make sure that your clients understand you take only “out-of-pocket” doggie-cookies, no deferred insurance payment. Insurance takes too long to reimburse and will discount the amount of cookies you are entitled to.
- When your clients are angry or unduly upset get under a table until the storm blows over. In extreme cases you might have to jump on your human-being’s lap to protect her because she doesn’t have enough instinct to duck ‘n cover.
- Show, don’t tell. Most therapist spend all their time talking – blah, blah, blah. After awhile clients just tune them out. You must demonstrate these time-tested psychotherapeutic techniques to help humans develop healthy behavioral coping skills:
- Shake it off. Not everything needs examining or even understanding.
- Roll over. “Turn the other cheek” in human-lingo.
- Play dead when others are threatening, demanding or unreasonable.
- Beg for forgiveness if you’ve done something hurtful.
- Stare to get attention. Don’t make a fuss as it takes too much energy.
- Sleep a lot in order to think clearly and make healthy choices.
- Play. Don’t take life seriously as that takes MUCH too much energy.
Should you need further guidance send a check payable to Freddie Parker Westerfield and then call me.
Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT RET
P.S. I don’t take insurance and no longer take payment in dog-cookies as I prefer to buy my own.