Here’s a little something I found in my archives. I didn’t write it so I can’t take credit ( or blame 😊) for its content:
Why is a dog such a great therapist?
1-You can babble on endlessly and he won’t interrupt you.
2-He never gives you needless advice.
3-He’s always providing positive feedback.
4-He doesn’t fake his interest in you.
5-He’s not in it for the money; he’ll settle for kibble.
6- He makes sure every session ends on a positive note.
7-He never violates your confidentiality.
8-His nurturing skills are unparalleled.
9-Scheduling appointments is a breeze.
10-He never double-books appointments.
11- A dog helps you break life down into its simplest and best parts.
12-He is on 24-hour call for any emotional emergency.
13-Minutes into watching your dog at rest or play you forget what was worrying you; try that with a human therapist.
Can you add to the above list? Can you share personal experiences that validate or invalidate any of the above claims?
Walter Stoffel is a substance abuse counselor and GED teacher in correctional facilities. When not behind bars, he likes to read, travel, work out and watch bad movies. Major accomplishment : He entered a 26.2-mile marathon following hip replacement surgery and finished—dead last. The author currently lives with his wife Clara, their dog Buddy (another rescue), and cat Winky (yet another rescue).