Animal assisted therapy can be as simple as clipping on and off a dog collar.
When Julian works with Benny we do lots of things to improve his dexterity, movement, focus, memory retention, language, eye-hand coordination and other skills. This week we spent time choosing different collars to put on Benny. One of the new ones had a very tight, difficult clasp and it also had to be sized down. Way too big for the little dog!
Julian struggled at first but then figured out how to work the collar and make it fit Benny.
Then we wanted to put on a themed collar for Halloween. Pet Partners does not permit us to have full costumes on our dogs in the interest of safety, but fun collars are allowed. So I got a new Halloween collar and Julian helped make it small enough for Benny. Then he put it on. So chic!
Julian had to talk to Benny asking him to “stay still” and “stand up.”
He had to put two fingers between the collar and Benny’s neck to make sure it fit correctly. Benny has to be super tolerant and still to have the collars put on and off and he didn’t flinch. He was so happy to have “his” boy do this for him.
We also spent some time trying out a new brush I brought that has a little handle. We only use soft rubber brushes, not real slickers or anything that might hurt the client or dog. So this new brush was something new try out.
This physical work was hard for Julian but he did it!
Then we read a story. And Benny lay right down and put his head on his friend’s foot.
The perfect ending for a perfect session.