I realized after the Pet Partners class, that one of the lessons I learned came not from the information being presented but from the experience. When I take my therapy cat to work, I need to learn to split my attention three-ways instead of the usual two. I will need to be attune to the client's condition and needs, the cat's condition and needs, and my own condition and needs.
That is going to take a lot of practice! Christi, the instructor suggested I take Theo out to public places and walk him in front of stores where people are coming and going. That way he gets exposure to unknown people wanting to touch him and unusual sounds and smells all in unfamiliar setting. It would also give me the chance to develop my attuning skills in a less intense environment than in my work.
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