Froo Froo dog, bless her, started her therapy regime yesterday. To help her manage Milly’s aggression towards her, the doggie therapist suggested assertiveness training followed by massage to help her relax.
She made immediate progress with her assertivenessity. The therapist used a CBT technique called “swamping”. She showed the Froofster a picture of Mills, waved her hairbrush under her nose to get the scent, and then started kicking her. At first Froof did her usual cowering, wetting herself thing, but then the assistant whispered something in the dog’s ear and rang a bell. Froo looked again at the photo, and this time, she started to growl!! Amazo! I’ve never heard her growl before. The therapist gave her a treat, kicked her again, and Froo growled even louder, baring her teeth. Then she got hold of the picture of Mills in her mouth, and tore it apart.
Next she had her massage and OMG, she loved it!!:
Job done! $2,000 well spent, if you ask me. This therapy lark is awesomeness.