Five Things Your Pet Wants You to Know
I'm Raisa Mary Stone. I'm a professional Animal Communicator who's lived and worked with animals all my life. My tribe originally domesticated horses, and I'm descended from over 5000 years of horse trainers. I've studied with German dog trainer Otto Prockert and with Charles "Chuck" Eisenmann of The Littlest Hobo fame. Both men demonstrated what can be accomplished when we respect animals' capacity to learn and understand. I can accelerate animal training with my communication skills. Since childhood, I've been known for my ability to calm and teach the most "unmanageable" animal quickly.
Here are five things that can rapidly improve distressing behavior, save you vet and training bills, and ease the struggles you may be having with your pet. Even if you don't wish to develop your Animal Communication skills to the point of knowing everything your horse, dog, cat, bunny, etc. says, these tips can give you more peace of mind:
1. Explain. If you're
taking your pet to the veterinarian, tell them why. Tell the truth:
the needle may hurt for a moment, but it will keep them from getting
sick. If your pet needs surgery and/or an overnight stay, explain
what is going to happen. Tell them you'll return to take them home.
Give them a time. Some animals understand clock time, some do better relative to sunrise and sunset. You could say, for example, "I'll come get you at nine. That's four hours after sunrise."
Do the same when you go out,
or if you leave them with a pet sitter, dog walker or exercise girl. Imagine how you'd feel if a stranger showed up, and started walking you around the block. For all your pet knows, they might have been abandoned or stolen! Let your pet know how long you will be gone, and the sitter's place in the "pack." Since pets generally believe they own us, you could explain they have an extra servant or maid.
Tell your horse you're
about to put on the bridle or saddle. Explain the fun you're going to have that day.
When training a pet to harness, massage them gently all over and explain this strange device will allow them to enjoy the outdoors with you. I've found this very effective when leash training bunnies and cats.
2. Ask. Instead of
simply buckling on a collar or harness, ask your pet to cooperate. Ask your dog/cat/bunny to bring the
collar, and request their help. Speak to them in the same respectful way
you would a guest. For example, "Would you kindly lower your
head so I may put this on?"
Most pets are happy to cooperate, if they're
addressed politely. They usually use gracious language, and
their feelings get hurt when their courtesy is unreturned. Pets tell me all the time they don't
understand why they're given abrupt, one word commands when they
understand us perfectly. They think we're the ones with a language deficiency. Animals are exceedingly patient with us.
3. Try something
different. You may want to compete in
obedience, jumping, tracking, etc. Yet you find your pet is
reluctant, a seemingly slow learner. I've met animals that are eager to learn and cooperate, but are enrolled in the wrong sport. A good example of this is the race horse
that is always last, but becomes a brilliant dressage mount.
your range to different activities. You may have heard the term "cross training." It applies to animals, as well. Try your jumper on a trail course,
let your sedate therapy dog stretch his legs on an agility course.
You may be able to successfully return to the sport of your choice, if you give
your pet variety. Imagine if you longed to dance, but you were compelled to attend math camp, or vice versa! Most animals have strong preferences and aptitudes. If we compromise, they will usually cooperate.
4. Reassure. Pets
need to know they're in their forever home. Every rescued animal I've
met has significant anxiety over this. If you're a foster home, gently explain this concept, and enlist the pet's help to find the right forever home.
Animals are vitally aware of the Oneness of all, and receive silent messages from others. Even pets that have been with you since
babyhood, know that other pets are abandoned or sold. All horses
are aware that their brothers and sisters are routinely slaughtered. Imagine this from their point of view. I have an easy time doing so, as I'm the child of Soviet and Holocaust refugees, where you or a loved one could be taken away any time. This grants me extra empathy, particularly with rescued pets.
Tell your pet they're with you forever. Back up your words. Have a fund for
emergencies or humane euthanasia. Create a plan for the eventuality of
your own illness or death, and place it with a lawyer. Occasionally remind your pet that you're keeping them, and they'll always have a home.
If your rescued pet has experienced starvation, explain repeatedly that there will always be enough food. This reassurance will help ease their anxiety, slow down eating, and aid digestion. As food is such a basic need, it takes time and patience to calm this anxiety.
5. Honour wildness. Though our
pets love us and crave our company, they each have a wild heritage
that must be honoured. This applies even to your couch potato :-D
For health and happiness, they need: to touch
the earth with their feet, have ample free range to exercise and
roll, fresh air and sunshine, and fresh green plants to eat.
Birds, bunnies, guinea pigs, ferrets and other caged animals
must have free run for at least four hours per
day. They'll get depressed and even physically ill without exercise and social time. Outdoor hutch bunnies often die early of depression. If there is no pesticide-free grass for pets to graze, grow oat grass for nibbling.
Horses are built to walk and run 16 hours daily (well, except for their afternoon nap ;-D), and need ample turnout. Stalling horses for more than overnight "lie down" sleep causes bad habits---such as cribbing, weaving, biting and bolting--- cranky attitudes and lameness. Horses must keep moving in order to keep blood pumping through their long legs and back to their hearts. In the wild, they travel 10-20 miles per day over rough terrain.
A dog left in the back yard will not exercise herself enough for true health and fitness. She longs to walk and play with you, so will sit and watch the door for your appearance. Dogs that live in apartments with guardians who take them for long walks, are generally happier than ones living in big yards but expected to entertain themselves.
Most animals have lived in
packs, herds or flocks for millennia. To be truly happy and healthy,
they need the company of their own kind. If your tenancy rules don't
allow for more than one, try to arrange visits with others' pets. If you've sold or adopted out littermates, arrange for visits with your pet's family. The groups in which they live in their natural state, are intergenerational families. This will create a cool network of like minded friends for you, too!
I send my love to you and your pet. I hope these tips are helpful. If you'd like more assistance with your pet's behavioral or health problems, his or her preferences and needs, please contact me to apply for Animal Communication services. Thought the above tips apply to any pet, each is an individual. Imagine what your relationship could be, if you knew what your pet was saying! There's no need to struggle, when you can understand instead.
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