5 Ways to Calm Your Pet Without Touching It

There are times when you can’t or don’t want to touch an animal, for example if it’s very stressed or ill. You can also try this if you want to have a bit of fun to see if it works! I can’t rememember where I learned these techniques, but they do have an effect as long as the pet doesn’t mind you putting your hand near it.  This works particularly well for cats, who almost always start purring and relax!

1. What you do is to stroke the AIR around the animal, exactly as you would do if you were touching it. It works best a couple of inches away (5cm) or less although you don’t need to get your tape measure out! The effects can be quite remarkable.

2. The next thing to try, as long as you pet doesn’t mind you having eye contact, is to look at it and then gradually close your eyes as if you were dropping off to sleep. If you have a strong bond with your pet you will find its eyes start to close too!

3. The important thing to remember when close to any stressed animal is to breathe deeply and regularly. So often when our pets are anxious, we are too and they pick up on that so …BREATHE.

4. I also find singing helps too as it helps calm you both down. I always sing to the dogs I am taking for walks at the canile as there are some extremely nervy dogs there. As long as the song is a relatively gentle and relaxing one you should find this is a good way to destress the situation.

5. If you know about EFT, also know as the ‘tapping ‘ technique, then you can tap on yourself to calm your pet down. If you don’t know the technique (which does sound bizarre, but I assure you works) this is what you do. First of all tap the ‘karate point’ of one hand with two fingers (ie where you would do a karate chop!), saying “I am Mitzi, I am Mitzi, I am Mitzi” (obviously use your own animal’s’ name!)Then tap constantly while saying something like : “Even though I am very  stressed I choose to relax and be calm.” Repeat this phrase as you tap the following points on YOUR OWN body. Use one side only (eg I always do it on the left). inside of eyebrow where it meets the nose, outside corner of eye, under eye, between nose and mouth, middle of chin, just under your collar bone, under your arm, karate point. Repeat for several ’rounds’. When you have finished, tap the karate point again to be ‘yourself’ again.

Interview With Pet Healer Margrit Coates

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We know that keeping pets benefits our health so wouldn’t it be great to return the compliment? Well, it is possible to make a positive energy connection with your animal using a hands on healing technique. You are probably familiar with ‘spiritual healing,’ as it sometimes referred to, being used on people but it can be immensely beneficial for animals too.

 Margrit Coates is the UKs leading pet healer and has written four books on the subject, the first one being the acclaimed Healing for Horses. She’s appeared on tv and radio on numerous occasions and has written the Pet’s Corner column in the Daily Mail.

I first found out about her when I read the amazing Hands On Healing for Pets recently which explains in detail how to do that very thing –  apply hands on healing to your own animals. Having a long standing interest in healing and having done it reasonably successfully on my own animals I wanted to interview Margrit for this site. We
had a great conversation.

Margrit defines pet healing as ‘a human making contact with an animal’s electro-magnetic field to help on whatever level possible, mental, emotional or physical.’ She explains that no-one is quite sure of how this healing energy works or where it comes from, but her own feeling is that it is non denominational and emanates from a supreme being or force to which all life is connected.

The beauty of talking to Margrit and reading her books is that she gives you confidence to try healing for yourself. She believes everyone has the ability to heal on some level and that the animal benefits enormously. It deepens the connection between you and your pet and helps both of you relax. She makes it clear that it does not take the place of a visit to the vet and that healing can’t mend broken bones or cure terminal illnesses, but it can alleviate stress and pain, helping release endorphins which are the body’s own pain killers, and it gives the pet a feeling of well-being. It can help medicine be more effective. It is totally safe, non-invasive and free. There are no down sides with this at all!

 Margrit tells me that hands on healing has been the subject of hundreds of documented scientific studies. ‘More than a hundred volts of energy has been measured coming from a healer’s hands,’ she says. ‘When healers make a connection, it has been demonstrated that  blood flow increases in certain areas in the brain – the frontal lobe and the limbic system.’

OK, I’m convinced! But let’s get down to the nitty gritty. How do you actually do it? What should you feel? How do you know you’re doing it right?

 Margrit recommends that before you try healing with your pet you set aside some time when you will not be disturbed (turn off the phone and tv). Remove any magnetic jewellery on your and your pet. You need to get into a positive and relaxed state of mind by meditating first or listening to soothing music. Although you may usually get relaxed with a glass of the local red alcohol is best avoided when healing as it weakens the energy flow. For the same reason you should not try healing if you are feeling under the weather or are emotionally upset. You basically have to be in a calm, relaxed state where you are ‘thinking healing’ and not about what to make for dinner, whether you have left the iron on or whether you should file for divorce! Your pet too should be relaxed rather than excited and wanting to play.

 ‘Energy follows thought,’ explains Margrit. ‘So just let your mind drift. If you are having difficulty with this then just keep repeating “I love you and I want to help you,” in your mind.’ She says  you then place your hands gently and lightly on the animal ‘like a butterfly landing’ or hold them just above. (I confess to getting better results when my hands are held an inch or two above the animal.) ‘Watch the animal, observe and stay focussed. Direct your energy outwards. Have confidence and keep going even if you can’t feel anything happening. You don’t have to hold your hands over a  articular place, although you may be drawn to do so,’ she continues. ‘Because the body will take the healing it needs, which may not necessarily be where you expect it.’  

Some people feel their hands get hot during healing, some (like me) feel cold spots or tingling. ‘But don’t worry,’ says Margrit. ‘We are all different and some of the most powerful healers feel nothing at all. The animal always benefits though.’

What if you are trying to help a wild animal or something you can’t get close enough to touch? Margrit says you can still heal. ‘I have done it numerous times,’ she says. ‘If I am outside I imagine a light beam between my eyes and turn my palms upwards with the fingers pointed close to my body. Then I imagine shooting beams of light at the animal, which focuses my healing thoughts. It doesn’t have to take very long as the healing is very fast.’

 Does the animal display any signs that the healing is working? ‘Yes, there is an immediate peaceful effect, the eyelids may droop, the animal may become sleepy or even fall asleep,’ says Margrit. ‘It may twitch or stretch out or even look at your hands. Some may move to direct your hands to a particular spot on the

body.’ Again on a personal note I have seen this happen and when trying healing on one of my own dogs, she actually took her paw and pushed my hand onto her stomach – can’t say it clearer than that, can you?  

Margrit points out that an animal does not have to be sick in order to benefit from healing. ‘You can do it to any animal to build up a better bond and to help it on so many levels, ‘she says.

 I talk to her about the many thousands of animals that need help, that have been maltreated and are in cages or suffering as we speak. I have written about some of these on the site. Can healing help them in any way? ‘We can send healing thoughts,’ she replies. ‘Wherever there is an animal in need then healing thoughts will reach it on some level. Of course it is easy to feel despondent and think is it enough, but I would like to tell you about a scientific experiment mentioned on Lynn McTaggart’s Intention Experiment site. In this experiment, a group of people in London were asked to make a geranium leaf in Arizona that had been cut from a plant and punctured with holes “glow and glow”. The results were astounding. Ten minutes of intention had a measurable result in the light emissions of the leaf and these were visible in the digital images created by the CCD cameras. The control leaf remained unchanged.’

It makes you think doesn’t it? Of what we are capable of and what the power of thought can do, especially if a group of like minded people with open minds and the intention to do good get together. ‘Imagine if the whole world did that.’ says Margrit. ‘If everyone decided to use their inner gifts for healing. Imagine what good we could do.’

 It’s a tall order. You may feel daunted at the enormity of the task of trying to help heal thousands if not millions of animals. But start small like the geranium leaf experiment. Start on your own pets and watch the results. You don’t have to be psychic or gifted or New Agey or anything. Just have an open mind and an open heart and see what little miracles you can achieve.

Margrit’s website is www.theanimalhealer.com