We’re living in an age where we are becoming more aware of our own mental health and wellbeing, and furthermore we are acknowledging the role our dogs play in this. We are finding ways for our dogs to take part in more of the activities that we enjoy. Dog cafe’s are popping up everywhere with dog friendly coffee’s and cakes, Doga classes are advertised alongside regular Yoga, we can buy matching outfits for us and them and buy them birthday and Christmas presents and cakes. We are humanising our dogs more and more each day. So why do we still treat them like dogs when it comes to their behaviour? Why do we still use words like Alpha and dominance?  If we had severe anxiety or anger issues would we just call someone in to train it out of us? Of course we wouldn’t, we would see a doctor or therapist so don’t our dogs deserve the same?

Our dogs are highly emotional beings and feel all of the same emotions that we do and they become affected by emotions much in the same way that we do. Unfortunately the way that our dogs express how their feeling is usually through a behaviour we don’t like, they bark, whine, growl, howl, bite, mouth, chew, lick and some will even dig. All of the behaviours that we complain about and want to rectify like them jumping up or excessively barking are just their way of expressing how they feel about something in that moment.

If we take a look at the science, dogs have the biggest heart-to-body-mass ratio of any living animal. They have a 0.8 percent ratio. Most other animals including elephants, mice and even humans have a 0.6 percent ratio. The heart, like the brain, generates a powerful electromagnetic field which can be measured several feet away from the body. This electromagnetic field contains certain information or coding and different emotions can influence or change this information/coding. When you are within a certain distance of your dog your electromagnetic field can directly affect their electromagnetic field meaning that at any given moment they know how you’re feeling and when your feelings change. When you get home from that stressful day at work and get to your front door and paint that smile on your face so that your family think you’re fine, your dog still knows how you’re really feeling.

Think about how many different emotions we can go through in a day, our dogs go on this rollercoaster with us. Add their own emotions and the way they themselves feel about different situations to the mix, along with the fact that we don’t allow them to express how they feel properly because we don’t like the behaviours they show when they do and it’s not surprising that you could have an emotional wreck of a dog that suddenly can’t cope anymore.

When doing a Canine Therapy session I have found that no two dogs are ever the same, because no two households or lifestyles are ever the same. This means that no two sessions are the same and I am always learning new techniques and adding to my list of armory. Each therapy session is based on what the individual dog needs at that moment in time and I have found that some need several of my techniques, whereas others only need one or two. The hypnotherapy, spiral energy technique and relaxation and grounding exercises are all Canine Flow techniques, but I don’t always use all of these together and mix and match them with the other techniques to make sure you and your dogs get the maximum benefit from each session.

The techniques I currently use are:

ANIMAL COMMUNICATION

Most trainers/behaviourists have to guess how the dog feels about the situation that has been presented to them by the owner. With animal communication I can find out what’s happening from the dogs point of view and it’s not always necessarily what we would think. It works using the energetic transference of energy known as telepathy and allows me to send and receive words, feelings, images and to receive tastes and sounds all of which help me to decipher why the dog is behaving the way they do. This allows me to find out if any changes can be made to make the dog feel better and therefore resolve the problem or to ask their permission to use the other techniques if I feel they need the extra help.

CANINE HYPNOTHERAPY

Unlike human based hypnotherapy this works on a dogs emotional energy rather than its thought process. Canine hypnotherapy aims to put the dog into a relaxed state and allow it to release tension. It reaches the quantum layer of cells and helps to release cellular memory of trauma, fear or anxiety, it helps to release blocked or built up emotions and allows emotions to flow freely again.

SPIRAL ENERGY TECHNIQUE

Used either on or off the body, this technique helps to release blocked emotions that are building up in the animal, allowing them to flow freely again. Spirals are the essence of life itself with most things within the body working in a spiral fashion, DNA takes the form of a helix, Human umbilical cords are triple helixes, parts of the human ear are coiled like a spiral and blood has been shown to move in a vortex fashion. By incorporating the spiral pattern in our energy work it creates a quicker, deeper energy change. It helps to calm and relax the dog, releases tension and releases any stuck cellular emotions as well.

RELAXATION OR GROUNDING EXERCISES

These are various techniques that help your dog to relax, release the built up emotion that they’re holding on to and rebalance the body. These include:

  • relaxation music/meditations and breathing exercises for you and your dog.
  • Various activities to activate your dogs natural instincts and behaviour to allow them to release built up emotions and energy.
  • Spending time outside in nature, preferably allowing yours and your dogs feet to touch mother earth, this allows the body to soak up the negatively-charged electrons from the earth and rebalance. This helps to protect yours and your dogs health and wellbeing in a world where being in nature without concrete floors and fake grass is becoming less of a practice.    

DOG SAFE ESSENTIAL OILS

In the wild, animals are able to self select their own medicines from the plants, herbs, roots and minerals that are available around them and our pet animals would be no different. If they had the opportunity they would also self select exactly what they needed, when they needed it. By offering them the different essential oils we are allowing them to choose the one that they need in that moment in time to help them feel better both physically and emotionally. The self selection of these oils can help with various issues including fear and anxiety, separation issues, aggression/reactivity and grief to name a few.

BACH FLOWER REMEDIES

These are an alternative or complementary treatment made out of watered down extracts from the flowers of wild plants. They help our animals in exactly the same way they would help us, they heal negative emotions, allowing them to heal themselves. Each different remedy addresses a negative emotion and can be mixed together to help with multiple emotional issues. Once we see the situation from our dogs point of view and know how they feel about it we can make up a remedy to help them with that emotional state.

KINESIOLOGY

This is the science of energy balancing that is grounded in the study of anatomy and physiology. We use muscle testing to identify imbalances in the flows of energy within the body relating to not only muscles but also every tissue and organ. The body consists of a web of energy pathways and each one has an effect on the others. Muscle testing identifies the body’s main healing needs and we can then apply various different therapeutic procedures to balance them all up. This can be carried ouT either in person or distantly using a hair sample.    

REIKI

This is a form of alternative therapy known as energy healing with the intended benefits of physical healing, psychological treatment and general wellness. It has been reported to:

  • strengthen an animals immune system
  • speed up healing after sickness, injury or surgery
  • reduce stress and promote relaxation
  • relieve pain
  • release emotional blockages
  • Assist with behaviour issues
  • increase the pet-owner bond.