I have created this resource list as guidelines and first aid for pet owners who are in difficult situations with their animals. Since all animals are individual and there can be many different reasons for their behavior, this resource list should just be seen as ideas and experiments you can do with your animals. It is based on my own success experiences with my own or my clients’ animals. Remember to try more than once – Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Can be experienced as fluctuating mood, decreased energy, irritation or aggression, reluctance to walk, tension in the abdominal region and discomfort when touching the reproductive organ.
Can be helped by: A-vogel….
Always consult a veterinarian. In case of inflammation, swelling or general cleansing.
Can be helped by: Cold dandelion leaves such as ‘patch’ to extract the energy. In addition, you can use a mountain crystal by petting the problematic area with the crystal. It will also cleanse the area.
There can be many reasons why your animal shows separation anxiety either when you, a family member or another animal leaves them. This is often because they are bored, lonely, scared or insecure. Depending on the cause, different things can be tested.
- Start by explaining to your animal by talking out loud why you (or the animal has difficulty separating from) needs to leave, for how long they will be away and when they will be back again. Always end with a mental image of meeting again at home, happy and relieved.
- If your animal is bored, use mental activation while you are away. Make sure it is entertained and has something to do. There are many different ideas.
- Give the animal a task while it’s alone. Explain to them what you want them to help you with, while you’re away – look after the house, look after the other animal or family members, make sure everything is tidy when I get home, etc. Make sure you praise and acknowledge the animal, when it performs just something that reminds of its task.
- If your animal is lonely, you can get another animal or take care of your friend’s dog/cat while you are away. Otherwise, you can put on quiet, soothing music so that it is not too quiet for the animal.
- If your animal is insecure or scared, be sure to help them build confidence. See later sections on building self-confidence.
There can be many reasons why your animal shows aggressive behavior towards you, other people or other animals. Always make sure the animal is checked by a veterinarian. Aggressiveness is often caused by uncertainty, anxiety, trauma/bad experiences or ignorance. Depending on the cause, different things can be tested.
- Be sure to communicate verbally to your animal what is going to happen, how and when, so the animal feels included when inviting guests or other animals home.
- Make sure the animal always has a way out and that you do not force the animal into a situation where they have to defend themselves. If it is in the home, make sure the animal has a safe place to go to. If it is outside, then be sure to give the animal the possibilty of going closer and further away from the situation.
- Often, aggression is about feeling scared. You can easily visualize a bubble around you and the animal. See color, material, size, and feel the peace, tranquility and security as you stand inside the bubble. Then your bubble is filled with these emotions. This can be a safe place for you and your animal, but it requires that you never allow others to step into your bubble and that you can exercise leadership over your bubble so your animal can count on you to have the situation under control.
- If bad experiences or trauma are involved, I always recommend a healing session to help relieve the bad memory. In addition, it is important to work with new, positive experiences – at the animal’s own pace. Be sure to turn what’s scary into something positive.
- Be sure to clearly explain to your animal what you want in the situation, and also explain what you want to do for your animal – provide peace of mind, safety, calmness or whatever your animal lacks from you.
Energy blocks in animals often comes from physical, mental and emotional blockages that result in energy not flowing easily in the body and therefore stagnating. It can be expressed in many different ways such as lack of energy, discomfort in touch, tension in the body, sudden injuries and lack of body contact.
- To find out where the energy block is, I suggest you close your eyes and imagine a river system inside your animal – these are meridian paths that the energy flows in. Just observe what you see and look at where the water is slowing down, in turmoil or otherwise flow irregularly. Here you have the block. You can redeem it through movement, massage, stretching, or simply by putting your hands in the area with the intention of passing energy to the animal. Understanding why the block is there may be necessary to finally get rid of it.
- Alternatively, you can pet your animal with your hand and feel where you are experiencing a lot and a little energy. It is most often felt as a crib or temperature change, but can manifest in many ways. Once the imbalance is found, you can use the above methods to release the blockage.
There can be many reasons why two animals cannot accept each other. It can be jealousy, insecurity, fear, bullying or the distribution of roles at stake. Depending on the cause, different things can be tested.
- Start by verbally conveying what you want from both animals, what your dream outcome is, and tell them why it is important to you and how it will help you in life.
- Make sure that both animals are safe, that there is no danger, and that they always have a safe place to retreat to. Tell them which place belongs to them and make it as they wish – perhaps one cat will sit on the windowsill while the other will have a small cave or something similar. Make sure their personal place is truly theirs and speak to their personality and desires.
- Start with small steps. Don’t jump into it too quickly, but introduce the two animals to each other carefully. Make sure you have a positive mindset, expect the best, and keep supporting the animals in the process.
- If you suspect jealousy is involved, make sure not to change too many routines with your animals. Make sure most things are as it usually is (you greet the animal that lived with you first, this one is fed first, etc.) In addition, make sure to still spend individual time with both of them so they have the opportunity to get you for yourself.
- If they fight over a resource, make sure that that resource is distributed over a larger area. If it is feed, make sure there are more places to eat from, if it is sleeping, then provide comfortable sleeping in more places.
- Assign both animals a job in the house/stable or household that does not overlap. Communicate verbally what you want each animal to contribute and why it is important. If possible, make sure the two jobs are interdependent, so they have to work together to succeed.
There are many animals who lack confidence, either because they have been deliberately dominated, because we humans make them dependent on us, or just because they have never learned anything else. It can be expressed in many ways such as insecurity, unwillingness, anxiety, nervousness around strangers or new things, sensitivity, etc. There are many ways to help the animal gain more confidence.
- Allow the animal to solve tasks on their own, often mental training of animals is a big help here. Don’t carry them around or let them step on your heels, but ask them to take a little distance. The animals need to feel that they are able to handle situations, tasks and experiences on their own.
- Work on your animal’s body contact. Often, animals with low self-esteem find it difficult to be in contact with their body because they spend a lot of time in their heads thinking, considering and sensing.
- Help the animal with headaches and over-stimulation. Often, sensitive animals find it difficult to let go of everything they experience as they take everything in very deeply. You can either visualize balloons flying out of your animal’s head, symbolizing thoughts and concerns. You can also imagine that your animal is under a waterfall and that everything they carry gets washed away.
- Encourage your animal to follow its own ideas and do as it pleases. That is, do not stop your animal when it shows a particular action, but instead try to encourage it to continue. Don’t make your anima feell wrong, but teach it to be creative, full of initiative and to support it in this behavior.
Some animals, like humans, are very sensitive by nature, and take things in very deeply. They experience a lot and therefore they can be overwhelmed. Hypersensitivity is a gift because it allows the animal to communicate at a very fine level. But if it is out of balance, the outcome can be overreaction, insecurity, anxiety/panic, unwillingness to be and do things alone, rapid overstimulation, trying to avoid touch, trying to avoid social cohesion, etc. There are many things to do but for a start:
- Minimize the bubble. Typically, the sensitive animal has a very large bubble, which is why they are so overstimulated, because their bubble comes in contact with many different energies all the time. By minimizing the bubble, the animal will come into contact with fewer energies it has to deal with. You can minimize the bubble by starting from a distance, and slowly approach the animal with your hands in front of you until you feel the bubble. You can feel it in different ways – temperature difference, resistance, vibration in the fingers, etc. Slowly press the bubble, and also visualize that the bubble is minimized. Until it is at a distance of about 10-20 cm from the animal’s body. Do this daily for a while until the bubble stays at this distance from day to day.
- Grounding before you leave the house. Either by visualizing roots coming out of the animal’s feet, or by petting the animal with calmness firmly up and down. Stop every touch down at the ground. This way the energy is drawn down and the animal experiences more grounding.
- Create a routine that can be used when you run into stress and turmoil. I usually suggest 3 activities in a sequence. For example, stop, ask the dog to sit, ask the dog to look at you. 3 simple activities. This sequence should be trained in a quiet, home-like environment until it sits so naturally in the animal that you can do it at any time together. In that case, you can start taking it out in more difficult contexts.
- Listen to the animal’s needs. The sensitive ones may not be able to do the same as other animals, and they need more precautions. Sense what they can handle and accommodate each day, and make sure you don’t exceed their limits. They often need more time and space before throwing themselves into something.
- Think about your own energy output. Sensitive animals are very responsive to the energy of their owners and mirroring them a lot. Therefore, try to think of what energy you are meeting the animal with. If you are stressed, upset, or feeling uneasy, try to control your own energy before joining your sensitive animal – or make sure when your animal responds to your own energy that you acknowledge it and don’t by mistake scold your animal for responding to your energy.
Mathilde Denning – firstname.lastname@example.org