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Energy Healing for Dogs
As they used to say on the Monty Python show, “And now for something completely different.” I normally blog about training and behavior issues, as I’ve been a dog trainer/behavior specialist for many years. But I have also been something else for many years, something that until recently I didn’t talk about much – I am a healer.
I have done hands-on energy healing with my dogs intuitively since I was a kid, though I couldn’t have put into words at the time exactly what I was doing. Also, back then hands-on type healing modalities like Reiki and Healing Touch weren’t as widely accepted. Back then, people tended to look at you strangely if you laid your hands on a dog and he quickly fell into a deep, peaceful sleep! But things change, and more and more owners who are looking for natural, holistic ways to help their dogs are embracing “alternative healing” methods, including energy work.
Energy healing is a non-invasive, painless way to help dogs with physical, emotional, and mental issues. It can help wounds to heal faster, speed post-surgical recovery, treat emotional issues such as fear, aggression, and separation anxiety, keep dogs healthy and well-balanced, and more. Anyone can learn to do it. In fact, I feel so strongly about this that I’ve written a book called “Energy Healing for Dogs” (www.phantompub.com). I figured a book was the easiest way to get the information out to the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time, as there are so many dogs (and people!) out there who can benefit from it.
I taught energy healing for dogs to a group for the first time last year, as part of my “Alternative Approaches to Healing Canine Health & Behavior” seminar. It was held in England, and to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. Would people stand there looking at me as if I was nuts? What if people couldn’t feel the energy? As it turns out, I needn’t have worried. Everyone was so into the practice exercises that at some points you could hear a pin drop; at others, people were talking over each other to enthusiastically relate what they experienced.
Just as some people come into this world with a naturally good singing voice and others (like me) have to work at it, some people are natural healers. But that doesn’t mean energy healing can’t be learned by everyone—it absolutely can. If you’re skeptical, that’s fine—it may help to know that there are now scientific studies that prove the effects of various types of energy work. My suggestion is to check it out, whether through my book, or classes in Reiki, Healing Touch, or the many other modalities that exist. Your dogs will thank you for it, and you may find that it opens a whole new world for you both.
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