Energy healing for dogs
Dogs are undoubtedly healers. They’re like therapists with fur. The keen listening skills of dogs have been used in situations such as the aftermath of the Sandyhook Elementary shootings, for rescues, as therapy guides for soldiers with PTSD… and the list goes on and on.
But the very fact that dogs are so sensitive to our emotions sometimes makes them need healing too. Especially when they’ve been through a loss. Remember the famous dog, Hachi, the Shibu Inu dog who waited for years for his owner (who had died) to come back on the train? That was a dog that grieved.
Dogs get stuck in emotions too and if you have a dog that has been through trauma or loss, you may need the help of Steve Clayton.
Last month, we did a story about energy healing for cats. This time, we take a look at how dogs respond to energies.
Steve Clayton has an energy healer in his Clayhut Healing practice since 2008 and he helps both humans and animals. He works mostly in Riverview, Moncton, and Dieppe areas, but he will also travel when necessary. “Dogs are very much in the moment, but sometimes their ability to heal means they take on energies they feel around them that they may not be able to release on their own. They seem to have an innate ability to take on the negative energies of others and then release it. But, if they live in a stressful home, or are suffering grief or trauma, they may not be able to let them go,” he says.
The chakra system of dogs
Just like humans, dogs have a system of chakras. Chakras are the collector pools for the energies that flow throughout the body of all living creatures and each has a specific significance.
When the chakras are blocked through emotional trauma, they build up in your dog’s body, sometimes causing physical pain, but also can bring about unexplained behavioural issues. “If a client calls me because their dog is suddenly aggressive, or has been through a trauma, there is usually an energy block in the sacral chakra, which is responsible for emotions and sexuality. By working with the dog’s heart and sacral chakras, they can let go of the trapped energy and return to their usual happy go lucky self.”
Essentially, the treatment Steve performs on a human is the same as he would perform on a dog. “Dogs, like cats, have the same chakras as humans, they just have a few extras and they’re just not all aligned with with the spine. For instance, dogs also have minor chakras in their foot pads. They can sense earth-based energies through them ” And because dogs spend their entire lives directly rooted to Mother Earth through their pads, it’s extremely important that they remain clear and connected.
How a healing treatment works
Steve comes to your home to do the energy treatments because your dog will be most comfortable in her own territory. The process begins even before Steve arrives. “Before arriving, I create an intention of creating love and healing for the animal, and I ground myself to Mother Earth.” Often dogs that may bark madly whenever someone comes to the door and rings the bell don’t even make a fuss when Steve arrives.
The visit begins with a talk with the person who called for the treatment. Steve can sense the energies of the home and his calming presence usually brings animals to him. “In some cases, a dog may be aggressive, but I will get down on the floor and sit, allowing it to pick up my calm energy. Even aggressive dogs that have to be kept behind a gate to keep strangers safe, will often allow me to pick them up or lie beside them. And if the dog is extra sensitive, I begin without physically touching her.”
Steve follows where he feels he is pulled to, but during the course of the one-hour treatment, he visits each chakra. “For smaller dogs, the release of trapped energy is very noticeable to me because they are usually sitting in my lap, but I can also feel the release when I am beside a dog because they relax completely into it. Unlike cats, dogs absolutely love the healing energies and will often ask for more, even when they are done,” he chuckles
“Working with dogs is like working with pure love. They give as much as they take. The exchange is the most amazing gift to experience,” he says. Sometimes he also receives direct messages, sees pictures, or sometimes experiences an intense feeling. The person who called is often very surprised.
Usually, one treatment is enough. “Dogs don’t hold onto negative energies and they the walls they have around them come down very quickly once they sense they are safe. They live in the moment, so once a block is released, it’s gone.” Sometimes he will be asked to come back for tune-ups because progressive illnesses like arthritis from old age will be significantly improved for a time.
If your dog needs help with an emotional or physical difficulty, you can reach Steve Clayton through his Clayhut Healing website.
Not sure about energy? Try an energy exchange with your dog
Simply petting a dog can decrease your blood pressure. That’s because dogs that are emotionally healthy are transmitters of healing energy. Give this a try and see how it makes you feel:
- Put the one or two pads from your dog’s paws in your hand. She can either be standing or lying down. Place your other hand on your dog’s heart.
- Send all the love in your heart through to your heart and into the dog’s pad.
- After a few moments of sending love and clearing light, you may feel a tingling in your palms, or a similar feeling of pure love that Steve feels. Steve says we are exchanging energies with our pets all the time, we just need to focus and notice it.