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Hounds Connect the Dots
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Hounds Connect the Dots

This article was first published in the 2020 Spring/Summer edition of ‘Counselling for Scotland’, the COSCA (counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) journal. It is reproduced here with the kind permission of COSCA, slightly editted to suit internet publication. A full copy of the journal, including the original article, can be obtained from COSCA Self-Mastery “Mastering…

Resentment
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Resentment

Hiding resentment I have been struggling with too many balls in the air lately, which leads me to procrastinate. I spend time worrying about how much I have to do rather than doing anything about it. One of the things I had been worrying about is my time with the dogs. They need to be…

Feature article about Anubis Therapy in Psychologies Magazine
My dog as my therapist

Feature article about Anubis Therapy in Psychologies Magazine

  in a previous blog post I wrote about the difficulty of being a pioneer.   I mentioned a feature article coming up in Psychologies Magazine.   I had been invited to give Suzy Walker, editor-in-chief of  the magazine, an Anubis session with her canine companion Oscar.  The resulting article has just been published this month.  The…

If only he could talk….Feature article from Psychologies Magazine
My dog as my therapist | Published Articles

If only he could talk….Feature article from Psychologies Magazine

A new theory suggests that a dog’s behaviour reflects its owner’s emotional state.  Editor-in-Chief Suzy Walker tries to decode pet Oscar’s conduct to learn more about herself. Oscar, my cute cocker spaniel is barking and scratching to be let into my boss’ office, where I’m having a meeting. I am very lucky that the company…

Mining those emotions and feelings
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Mining those emotions and feelings

My Labrador Archie woke me up again last night. He wanted to go out to the toilet. I tried to ignore it for a long time because I didn’t want to get up. Eventually I relented and let him out. It was my fault, I had given him chicken the night before, accidentally switching his…

Best-laid Schemes
Labrador retrievers | Reflections

Best-laid Schemes

So I had my Easter weekend all planned out.  And you know what they say about best-laid schemes. This last month I have been focusing on training with Archie, my working lab, and noticing, and recording, my own emotions as I progress.  This is part of the research I am working on. A friend was…

Is Your Dog the Key to Your Unconscious?
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Is Your Dog the Key to Your Unconscious?

Is your dog the key to your unconscious?  Does how your dog behaves tell you things about yourself ?  Is your dog tuned into feelings that you are trying to tune out of? Are you at the end of your tether with your dog?  How does your dog make you feel? The work I am…

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