Monday, July 06, 2009
I don't know about you, but I LOVE the Dog Whisperer. Watching those dogs perk up and have the light bulb go on over their heads is wonderful, to me, even though I know there is disagreement among veterinarians about Cesar Millan's practice. My impression is that his methods work spectacularly well for the adjustment projects that happen when the psychologies of people and dogs collide.
There can be other adjustment issues, however, that have to do solely with the animal's interior workings. Just as a person can have a stress or other problem that isn't generated by their interactions with their partners, so can animals. Animals are animals, and not humans, so of course their thought process is quite different. They still, however, have many emotions just as we do, like fear, grief, happiness, anger, joy, jealousy, love and affection, plus a sense of humor, and they have memories of events both positive and negative that affect functioning and behavior. These situations are where flower essences truly excel.
I have been working with an Australian Shepherd since October of 2008. This lovely girl presented initially with some daunting behaviors. No petting allowed, non-stop whining, some chewing issues: In short, things that were bringing the overall living situation to something of a boiling point. Nothing this dog's Human tried had worked up to the point where she contacted me. Being a long time dog owner familiar with Aussies, many remedies and approaches had been tried and I was something of a last resort.
Over the past months, with a sequence of five different customized flower essence mixtures plus one interlude of Five Flower Remedy, this dog has shown consistent, and finally quite marked, improvement. The flower essences were the only treatment the dog received during this period for these issues. She now only whines when there is an unexpected and unknown noise, and actually asks for petting and stomach rubs. The essences were given to the dog in milk instead of water, as she lives in a group of four dogs and needed this individual treatment so as to be sure of getting the proper dose. ( An important thing to note is that had the drops been placed in the communal water bowl, the other dogs would have experienced no effects from them. Flower essences are completely energetic remedies, so if an energy is not out of tune, the essence will not interact --or resonate--with it and thus have no effect.)
The Flowers can work wonders in situations such as this. Combined with patience and guidance from the Humans involved, everyone can rise to a much happier level of companionship and enjoyment. I have seen this happen with cats too, and even with parrots! As in any situation, nothing works all the time for every individual. The Flowers, however, do work more times than not. Since they are not invasive or chemical, or expensive, it is well worth your time to investigate treatment with them if your pet has behavioral issues that cause problems for them, your family, or your neighbors. Please do contact me if you have any questions!
Kelley Rico is a trained herbalist and aromatherapist, and a Certified Flower Essence and Jin Shin Jyutsu® Practitioner.