Author(s): Gill Garratt
Your dog and you ...understanding the canine psyche examines the relationship between people and dogs from a psychological perspective, incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to facilitate this: uniquely, the first time that CBT has been used to help owners relate to their dogs. A dog's behaviour can be a reflection of the emotions an owner may be experiencing; it follows that insight into our behaviour using CBT to reduce emotional unrest will, in turn, be reflected in a dog's behaviour. Dogs have had to become experts at reading people in order to live with us. By understanding our dog and how he responds to us, we can comprehend more about our world and how our dog sees us. Dogs are naturally expert psychologists, and have, over centuries, been bred and domesticated to live harmoniously with us. That they have - in the main - achieved this so well reflects this amazing animal's ingenuity.
Gill Garratt is a psychologist and specialist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a popular and practical approach in psychological therapy. She has used CBT in industry, business, education, health services, prisons and cruise ships. Gill is also a dog lover, having been brought up with dogs as part of a large family in northern England. She studied biology for her first degree, specialising in evolutionary patterns in animals, and recognises that the success with which dogs live with people is global. Sometimes we encounter difficulties in life, work and relationships; CBT can help reduce the emotional impact of these struggles on ourselves, and, in turn, our relationship with our dog.