Modern life is full of things that can make a dog nervous. From the constant assault of noise on sensitive ears to the overwhelming sights and smells of a city street, even the calmest dog may become stressed from time to time.
For a highly sensitive dog, even life at home can be a challenge. Stressors can be specific, like the sight or sound of a vacuum cleaner, or more general, such as any sudden noise. Fortunately, there are many ways to help anxious canines cope. Flower essences are a valuable complement to any stress-reducing program.
Dogs tend to like taking flower essences when they are diluted. The smell of the brandy used as preservative is off-putting for most dogs, and depending on the size of dog, possibly not healthy for them. When properly diluted dogs happily take their essences.
How to give flower essences to dogs:
- Add a few drops to a few ounces of water in a bowl, mix well and dunk a dog cookie or favored treat and offer
- Put a few drops in the water dish – refresh the dish twice daily
- Add a few drops to a misting bottle with water and mist around the dog
Dogs will tend to let you know which flower essences they prefer, and refuse to take what they don’t need. Pay attention to your animal’s response, and honor their preferences. When I think my dog needs a particular flower essence I will show her the bottle. She tells me by eagerly putting her nose on the bottle if it is something she wants, and turning her head away if she doesn’t want it. Every animal is different, so pay attention to your pet’s efforts to communicate with you.
I am happy to offer consultation and custom essence formula creation over the telephone or Skype for you and your dog! Please get in touch and we can discuss your needs.
Some flower essences for dogs:
Borage flower essence (Flower Essence Society) is wonderful to help depressed or moping dogs. I recommend this essence for dogs in boarding or shelter situations, or whenever a dog has lost his spark. It lifts the spirit and gives courage and hope.
Pink Yarrow (Flower Essence Society) helps dogs who are living in a stressful family situation. Dogs tend to be sensitive to the emotions of the people around them and Pink Yarrow can help them insulate and not take on these emotions. It can be a great help for them to be able to live their own emotional lives and not have to take on the turmoil around them.
Holly flower essence (Bach) helps with jealousy and sibling rivalry. It eases feelings of not having enough love or attention to go around, and releases the tension of having to share space and resources.