What to do when your dog is anxious

Your Dog Is Anxious – What Now?

Thought Field Therapy has proven to be useful for managing everything from insomnia and weight loss to anxiety and depression. It can be used on adults and children and, believe it or not, even animals. For example, if your dog is anxious, TFT can help.

TFT is used to manage and overcome traumatic memories. While animals don’t remember things the same way we do, in vivid pictures, they experience trauma during their lives just like humans do and can be triggered by circumstances or even by smells. Each animal responds differently depending on their personality and their past experiences. For example: let’s consider dogs. Surely you’ve seen the same news stories I have about dogs that have been abandoned or forced into dog fighting, and other horrible things like that. If you are one of the kind souls that adopted a dog from an animal shelter, it’s entirely possible that it came from a situation like this, which may explain why your dog is anxious. But pet anxiety is certainly not just limited to dogs. Cats can experience massive anxiety if they have been repeatedly attacked by a dog. Horses frequently get hostile when they are approached by somebody that resembles a former abuser.

We don’t always know exactly why an animal reacts to something the way they do but we do know that certain behaviors and responses are a sign that an animal has experienced some type of trauma at some point in their life. Our guess is, if your dog is anxious, or you have another pet that has experienced trauma, you know (or at least have a feeling).

For most people, pets are family. You care deeply for your pet and when they hurt, you hurt. That’s why today, we’re going to tell you how to use TFT to help your anxious dog, cat, horse, or other animal overcome their own traumatic past.

We’ll share the basic tapping pattern for trauma with you in just a moment but first, let’s go over the two ways you can use tapping with your anxious pets.

  1. Tapping directly on your pet: Some animals will be more receptive to this than others but if you choose to try this method, you’ll use the same meridian points you would use on yourself. Keep in mind that some of the meridians are in places that animals typically don’t like being touched so this may be difficult depending on the type of animal you’re working on, as well as its personality.
  2. Surrogate/Proxy tapping: If your dog is anxious, you can use this method to create a connection between your energy and his, allowing you to help your pet by tapping on yourself. Hold the anxious animal in your lap (or right next to you, touching, for a larger animal), “tune into” or focus on the specific issue you want to work on, and use the tapping pattern on yourself.

We know there are a lot of other things that you can use TFT for but we want to start you off with the basic tapping pattern for trauma. Here it is:

Step One. Focus on the issue, in this case, the anxiety your dog (or other pet) is exhibiting. Rate it on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest level of pet anxiety. Concentrate on the fact that your pet is anxious.

Step Two. Using your fingertips, taps about 10 times each:

  • Side of hand (or paw)
  • Under nose
  • Beginning of Eyebrow
  • Under eye
  • Under arm
  • Under collarbone
  • Little finger
  • Under collarbone
  • Index finger
  • Under collarbone

Step Three. Do the 9 Gamut Series. While continuously tapping the gamut spot:

(In this case, even if you are tapping on your pet, you will do the following 9 things yourself)

  1. Close eyes
  2. Open eyes
  3. Keeping your head straight, look down and left
  4. Keeping your head straight, look down and right
  5. Roll your eyes in a complete circle one direction
  6. Roll your eyes in a complete circle in the other direction
  7. Hum a couple bars of any tune
  8. Count to 5
  9. Hum again

Step Four. Using your fingertips, taps about 10 times each:

  • Side of hand (or paw)
  • Under nose
  • Beginning of Eyebrow
  • Under eye
  • Under arm
  • Under collarbone
  • Little finger
  • Under collarbone
  • Index finger
  • Under collarbone

Step Five. While continuously tapping the gamut spot, roll your eyes from floor to ceiling slowly.

After you complete the entire sequence, evaluate your dog’s (or other pet’s) anxiety level again. If the anxiety level was an 8, 9, or 10 before you started tapping, what is it now? If they are still exhibiting the same issue but you see some improvement, try doing the tapping sequence again.

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