Underlying Causes of Pet Behavior

One of the many values of an animal communication session is to gain an understanding of a pet’s behavior. Once the information surfaces, people feel empowered with information, a broader range of choices and positive actions they could take to shift undesirable behavior.

There are many questions that surface including: Why is my dog licking his paw obsessively? Why is he having separation anxiety? What can I do about it? These are a few of the concerns clients Kate and John recently brought forth regarding their two rescue dogs Hank and Rosetta.

Concerns and Connection

When I initially connect with a pet, my first two questions to the pet are, “May I speak with you?” and “Is there anything you want to tell me or your people?” I believe in giving your pet a voice and honoring their messages. I also listen to the client’s voice and assist both your pet and you in moving from confusion and distress to clarity and comfort. Connection means being heard, seen or understood without judgment.

Anxious and Uncomfortable

 When I connected with Hank, a Golden Retriever, his first comment was about his frustration with Rosetta, a terrier. She causes him to feel anxious and threatened by her aggressive behavior. He also felt uncomfortable in his body with sensations of achiness and stiffness. I could intuitively see inflammation. He drew me to his stomach and upper intestinal area where the root of the physical imbalance seemed to be.

Hank’s person Kate exclaimed, “Hank just let out one of those big dog sighs!” Hank was feeling ‘heard.’ Hank also told us that he doesn’t feel 100% safe emotionally and hasn’t since he was a puppy. I intuitively felt he was taken from his mother and siblings too soon, which can be a common underlying first cause of separation anxiety. Kate verified that when Hank came to live with them, he had terrible separation anxiety yet has made improvements.

Hank told us that otherwise, he was happy in the home, loves his people and loves being outside. I did energy work on him and talked about his paw licking. From what I could see intuitively inside his physical body, his digestive system was not breaking down the food in a way his body could absorb it. I suggested asking their vet about this and to inquire about digestive enzymes for his stomach and probiotics for his intestines. It also felt helpful for Hank to visit with a chiropractor. I followed the irritation from his paw up his leg through his nervous system into the area between his shoulder blades. It felt tight and constricted there.

Nervous and Untrusting

Rosetta, also had a few issues which needed attention. She snaps when someone tries to take her toy. She ate John’s wallet then pooped on the floor. This was obviously creating frustration and worry for Kate and John.

When Rosetta communicated with me, she felt nervous, anxious and hesitant to connect with me even at a distance. She was chewing on things to discharge the nervousness. Areas of weakness in her physical body lit up in her bladder, kidneys, adrenals and nervous system. She also seemed to have some lung or breathing imbalance. Kate verified Rosetta’s breathing difficulty.

Rosetta conveyed an intense concern that Hank or someone might take her food. I assured her that her food would always be available to her in her bowl and sent her the feelings of being calm, relaxed, trusting and safe while simultaneously imaging a full bowl of food.

Rosetta showed me that Kate and John correct her on occasion when she is being aggressive with Hank, yet the corrections weren’t consistent. Kate and John both verified this and realized that consistent reinforcement is necessary to imprint the preferred behavior.

Kate asked, “Is Rosetta mad at us?” Rosetta conveyed that she is not mad just anxious and stressed. Chewing on the leather wallet felt like a way of getting rid of tension in her body. Kate asked if more bones and exercise would be helpful? “Yes!” Rosetta enthusiastically responded!

After our hour-long phone visit, Hank and Rosetta felt seen, heard and understood as did Kate and John. There were more choices available and suggested actions. Everyone felt lighter and comforted with a clearer understanding of the underlying causes. We all agreed that we would like a follow-up to see how everyone is doing. That is scheduled for sometime in the next few months. Look forward to hearing the results.


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