Shyness in Dogs

Calm_Happy_Puppy_after_Believe_Pand_CLast month I went to a local dog show to meet my online friend, Erika Haferkorn of Red Angel Raw. I have purchased her treats for my dogs for the last few years. Erika was at the dog show with her Red Angel Raw booth with the variety of her raw foods and all dehydrated meat treats. She also brought some essential oils along as well.

While we were there one woman with a German Shorthaired Pointer pup (5 months of age) came around to check out the dog treats.

This puppy was a bit skittish, shy, possibly a bit overwhelmed by all the dogs and people there. She was definitely not confident in herself. Her owner said that she is always like that and she was hoping to get her more socialized so she could eventually show her.

This puppy would not take a treat from anyone but her owner (which isn’t a bad thing) and would not let anyone pet her. She stayed right between her owner’s legs in fact.

Erika put a drop of Peace & Calming blend onto her hand, rubbed her hands together and then let the puppy sniff the oil. Within about 30 seconds Erika then started petting the puppy’s chest, then her back and head. Yes, by that time she was letting Erika pet her.

Erika didn’t have any Valor blend on her at the time so I chose the next best thing, Believe blend. I put a drop in my hand, rubbed my hands together and then slowly, gently pet this puppy who by now was curious about both of us and allowing us to pet her. And she had visibly calmed.

The difference in this puppy from before the oils to after the oils was like being with two entirely different dogs. The puppy was playing, eating any treat we had, happy, relaxed and allowed the owner’s friend to check out her teeth – apparently not something she usually does. The owner was SO impressed that she signed up as a customer on the spot. The pup is lovely too so I look for good things for her in her sporting and show events in the future.

Additionally, this lovely little Beagle, Quilley, who’s human Kris Hurley YL #1817125 (also now a part of our Oily Family) is allowing me to share how she enjoys the diffuser. Kris had this to say recently about Quilley and the essential oils: “I’m still amused with Quilley – she actively seeks them out, is usually pretty specific about which ones she wants, and takes a good whiff or two and then is on her way.” Quilley_loving_the_diffuser

It is amazing to watch how animals respond to the essential oils. They are all different.

My Neo Mastiff, Shadrach, absolutely LOVED the oils, and especially enjoyed his weekly raindrop technique. He would sniff three times without fail every time I held a bottle up to him. My sweet Dane boy, Meshach, didn’t respond overtly to them either way but they helped him through his seizures so they gave him relief when nothing else would. My American Bully, King, wasn’t too sure about them when we first got him and introduced them to him since he was so stressed his first day with us. But now, when he sees me get the oils out, he always wants to be a part of it. He seems to especially enjoy his weekly raindrop technique in much the same fashion as Shadrach did and he LOVES when I use the feelings/emotions oils on myself. He usually comes to join me in my quiet room as I do the emotional release technique on myself. I pet any residual oils left on my hands on him of course 🙂

My female American Dingo Schatzie is quite different than the boys. When we first got her, she was having a lot of thunderphobia during storms so I used Peace & Calming and Stress Away on her and it worked VERY well and fast. However, she started rolling around like she was trying to get the oils off. I know she was very toxic in her body from all of the vaccines, kibble, etc., she had been subjected to and also obviously very sensitive in her sense of smell. She will lay close by when I do the raindrop on King and whatever residual I have I apply to her lower back away from her face. Even if I apply no oils she will stay nearby but if I even touch her near her face she does the “rolling around” thing. What has worked well with her is to put a drop of copaiba or DiGize in her food when needed to support her digestive system. The copaiba has done wonders for her and she never notices any oils in her food – she is too food motivated to notice I think LOL!

She used to move away from the diffuser at first but now she doesn’t appear to mind it at all. I never force her to stay, or have any oils put on her. It is her choice. Most of the time she stays. Today was interesting. I went into my quiet room to put on the emotions oils and do the emotional release. King always comes along with me but at some point during it he left. When I turned around lo and behold there was Schatzie! I stayed calm as I didn’t want to get all excited, happy to see her hanging out with me while I was using the oils. But talk about progress!

All of this to say, I absolutely LOVE all that the oils can do to assist us and our dogs to better health, naturally!

Until next time….

Have a pawsitively tail waggin’ NATUROPATHICALLY healthy day!

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Dr. Kim Bloomer is an animal naturopath consulting on canine and feline nutrition and wellness. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger, writer, speaker and presenter on natural pet care as well as the Co-Founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. She is the author/co-author of three books including Animals Taught Me That and the newest Essential Oils in Animal Care: A Naturopathic Approach co-authored with her two colleagues. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications in both print and online.

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