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DBT The “DEAR DOG” Inter-species Effectiveness Skill

Connecting at a more meaningful level with the "DEAR DOG" skill
Connecting at a more meaningful level with the "DEAR DOG" skill
By 이승하 Seungha Lee, MSc

Dear all creatures of the world and our DBT friends and family,  


With the assistance of microscopic entity, we are facing the new epic era of human contact- the exchange of our souls and dealing with our difficulties online. In reviewing the DEAR MAN skill in a DBT online group session, we found out that one of our young adult clients had been stuck at home alone with her dog for nearly 4 weeks. Her only contact was her own dog, ‘co-co’. We asked her to apply the DEAR MAN skill with her dog; she did it with co-co and it was  an amazing extension of the DEAR MAN skill to other creatures. 


We named it “DEAR DOG, Inter-Species Effectiveness Skill.” We hope this humorous skill set brightens the mood of all DBT clinicians and clients around the world.


Thanks to Dr. Linehan for this wonderful skill. Cheers to all!   


The “DEAR DOG” skill is an inter-species effectiveness skill that can help us connect with our furry friends at a more meaningful level.


Doodle: Your dog’s ultimate goal is always to have fun with you. Don’t forget that problem behaviors arise when this goal is not met!


Observe: Does my dog need more nose work activities? Is my dog feeling uncomfortable? Always observe mindfully.


(be) Gentle: No aggression, threats, criticism, or mockery. Always keep a gentle attitude even when you dog makes trouble.


Learning to love myself

I had doubted the purpose of life when I had to tolerate the painful difficulties, although I understood that life cannot be always without obstacles.

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