Sophie* (7) was referred to me by a clinical psychologist who had been supporting Sophie with her anxiety, particularly her fear of dogs. Sophie's generalised anxiety had improved but it was felt that the next therapeutic step would be to work with a dog - a great idea. When Sophie first met Ralph, she was visibly distressed and distanced herself from him on the other side of the room. Sophie insisted that I hold Ralph's lead at all times and required me to keep him facing away on his bed. Over 8 sessions, Sophie has become increasingly confident around Ralph. Some of our exposure activities have included teaching him tricks, walking him down the street, feeding him treats, brushing his fur, and practicing mindfulness in his presence. Teaching Sophie how to be in control of Ralph has made the most difference. Now that she knows how to make him "sit", "stop", "give" and "wait", Sophie is open-minded about trying new things with Ralph. Having conducted the majority of our sessions in the confines of my safe office, I am now meeting Sophie and her Mum at the local park with Ralph to put her learning into practice.