Looking at Fear


Note: This was written four years ago, but the wonderful thing about overcoming our fears is this:  Practicing self empowerment is still relevant for global and personal circumstances we encounter today.  One person’s empowerment leads to world empowerment; We are One.


May 2016


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The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear. – Gandhi


Over the past few years, we’ve written about fear often.  Whether it’s behavioral concerns that stem from fear within an animal, or fear of an animal, fear has always been a hot topic.   As animal guardians, animal stewards, and animal caretakers, we are sometimes really great at recognizing an animal’s fear – As Conscious Companions, we are becoming better at recognizing when an animal is afraid, uncomfortable, or feels threatened. When we become more conscious of these things, we are able to help them feel safe.

Unfortunately, we may be great at recognizing others’ fears, but I’ve found that we can be blind to another type of fear; our own. 

Fear makes itself felt on every level:  physical (sensations), emotional (feelings) and psychological (beliefs).   Physically, we may feel vulnerable to attackers or disease.  Emotionally,  we suffer from loneliness, shame, guilt, fear or abandonment, jealousy, the list goes on and on.  Psychologically, not being believed or being given the silent treatment are tormenting for most.  Fear of failure is another common fear. These are just a few examples of how the ego uses fear.

When I am working with a client and they are afraid (nervous or anxious), their will impede the progress of their pet’s behavior modification process.  When they are not able to be objective, unattached, or in a healthy mind set they allow fear to run the show.   Most humans are like this.  I can attest to this being true in my life as well. – When I allow fear to take over, I am no longer able to help anyone.

Rather than focusing on our animal companion’s fear issues, this post is going to discuss our fear and how it affects our personal and collective worlds.


All fear comes from thought in the form of memory (past) or projection (future)


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Changes in the Wind

We are moving soon.  Right now my husband is out in California looking for a new home for our family.  Again.  Moving is not new to our family.  He is in the Marine Corps, so we are expected to pick up and relocate every 1 – 3 years.  My husband and I both have Wanderlust, so it’s not such a bad gig. But because we have a number of animals who share our home, it does complicate things, to say the least.


The Upside & Downside

Although moving is a huge pain in the derriere, we are grateful.  Moving to California is truly one of my lifelong dreams, and his new command is an opportunity of a lifetime.  So, needless to say, we are all proud of him and very supportive of this opportunity.   My husband and I will be a command “team”.  They even sent us both to school to prepare for this new leadership role.  Both exciting and anxious!  I am going to be quite certainly, in a whole new playing field.  (Deep Breath).  As if all of these new duties and expectations aren’t overwhelming enough, we have a house full of animals that have to be uprooted and replanted (again).  And this all begins soon.

We pack up.  We move.  We begin a new life chapter. Again.


Fear of What We Fear Most

As excited as we both are about this new chapter in California, fears have been coming up in unexpected ways.  Last week these fears hit their peak.  As the animal guardian for four (very complicated) critters, I am having my own issues with the move.  -Here in lies the problem; my fear issues.

You might be wondering, What is there to fear? You’re going to live by the beach! Hello!! That’s amazing!    –Right?!   But somehow my fear of completely screwing things up for the animals is front and center.  

My worries and concerns have been at an all-time high.  

Rather than being in joy, gratitude, and eager anticipation for the next life chapter for our family, I have managed to come up with every possible scenario of how everything can go to crap.

Internal Dialog Based In Fear:
Maybe one of the cats escapes en transit as we make our week long trek from the east coast to the west coast.  Maybe our sometimes grey-grizzly-bear-of-a-geriatric-cat backslides into his former health and behavioral issues.  Maybe our recovering-reactive-canine takes a deep dive back down into the mental Reactive Dog Canyon.  Maybe our youngest cat completely loses his mind after the week long journey of multiple hotels, constant car rides, a new unfamiliar home, and he takes a deep dive into Stressville, and urinary tract issues flare up again. Maybe all of that happens at once!

Those are only four of the countless hellish scenarios that I have concocted in my mind

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Why was I imagining those scenarios? you might ask.  Well, those scenarios have either happened before during times of stress, life’s upheavals, or “Hurrications”, or they could be possible considering each one of the animal’s individual histories.

But is any of this helpful?  Would focusing my attention and energy on any of those scenarios help my family? Would worrying about what-could-go-awry help the animals?

NO.  

My mind wandering and all too creative imagination has not been put to good use.  In fact, it could be the very thing that blocks our family’s success.


 “You are far too tolerant of mind wandering.” – ACIM


Success AND Stress Are Both Dependent upon You.

Could you relate to those crazy scenarios I concocted?  Do you catch yourself mind wandering like that when you have something coming up that is either stressful for you, your family, or animal companions?  Have you ever been very stressed and anxious about an upcoming medical procedure with a pet?  Do you become nervous or fearful when under pressure with a timeline or big changes with your family pets?

If you do, you are not alone.

You, unfortunately, are just like the majority of people on this planet.  If you are living in fear and letting fear run the show, you, my friend are a hostage to fear.  And this bondage can affect the outcome of every challenge your family faces together.


Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves.


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Who’s Driving Your Life?

I was out in the forest one day with Hocus and an old school song came on my playlist.  All of a sudden it was as if I was hearing the song for the very first time.  I heard, understood, and felt the lyrics completely.  He was singing about how we let our ego and fear run the show in our lives.  But we don’t have to.  We can learn to take the wheel and drive.  We can take control over our fears.  We can decide that we are no longer hostage to our fears.  Here’s an excerpt:

Sometimes, I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear
And I can’t help but ask myself how much
I’ll let the fear take the wheel and steer.

It’s driven me before, and it seems to have a vague
Haunting mass appeal.

But lately I’m beginning to find that I
Should be the one behind the wheel.

Whatever tomorrow brings
I’ll be there with open arms and open eyes.
…..

It’s driven me before and it seems to be the way
That everyone else gets around.
But lately I’m beginning to find that when
I drive myself my light is found.

~ Incubus, “Drive”

That song is exactly what I am getting at here.  We can let fear take over, and create all kinds of scenarios that result in unnecessary stress and worry. We can consciously create circumstances in which our animal companions (and we) become victims of our circumstances.

But we ALWAYS have a choice.

We can choose another way of looking at challenges.  We can remember that we have the power to choose to take control over our fears and release them.  These fears have no power over us unless we allow them. 

But if we are giving our power away, it means we have the power to give it away, which means we can take our power back.


If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. -Marcus Aurelius


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Fears Hinders Guidance, Inspiration & Solutions.

Fear is rampant in our world.  It’s everywhere we look.  We are led to believe that fear is natural and should be embraced at times, but I disagree wholeheartedly.  Fear is not your friend.   Fear is harmful and it’s unproductive.  Fear hinders.  Fear clouds our minds and creates disharmony where there could be peace.

Whether you are a person or a pet, fear can be debilitating.

Have you ever heard of the acronym of F.E.A.R. -False Evidence Appearing Real?   I had my own F.E.A.R. come up with this move and major life transition.   Once fear set into my mind I was unable to see solutions.   I was making assumptions, creating negative circumstances, and projecting my limiting beliefs onto the moving process, our new home, and our companion animals.

As an Intuitive Empath I have learned (the hard way) that fear blocks everything.  Fear taints.  Fear stalls.  Fear overrides.  Fear impedes.  Fear ruins.  Fear blocks.

Now I know that I am not in my right mind when I am in fear.  

When I am in fear I am reacting, instead of observing.  When I’m letting fear take the wheel and run the show I am not able to use my intuition and my guidance.  Using my intuition and abilities are how I best connect with my environment.  It’s how I am able to navigate the world on a level that helps me to connect deeply, compassionately, and objectively with everyone and everything.  But when I am in fear all of this guidance and inspiration is blocked.  When I am allowing fear to run the show, I am blindly navigating this crazy world.

I am not different from you in this way.  This is true for every person.  Fear blocks everything. 

Fear Taints Everything.

But when we can consciously remove our limiting beliefs, thoughts, perceptions, judgments, and projections, we are able to find solutions to problems, complications, and challenges that arise.  Our perception can make or break the process with our pets, people, places, and events in our lives!


Perception is consistent. What you see reflects your thinking.  And your thinking but reflects your choice of what you want to see. -ACIM


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The Power of Choice

I am passionate about allowing all species of animals to have the power to choose in every circumstance.  The ability to choose to participate or choose to walk away are choices that all living beings deserve the right to exercise.  But what about our power to make choices as their guardians? 

We have the power to choose as well.  We have the power to choose how we want to See our circumstances and how we choose to respond. We have the ability to ask:   Is this choice based in fear?   

OR is this choice being made from a place of empowerment and peace?

The choices we make affect their lives.
The choices we make affect our personal lives.
The choices we make affect the lives of everyone around us.
These choices will ripple out to everyone in the world. 

And Beyond.

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Are we helping or hindering? Are we adding more fuel to the fear fire?
We need to ask this more often.


Choose Again.

Even the choices we make in our mind can have a powerful effect.  When a stressful event is on the horizon and you know that it’s going to affect your pets in some way, we have choices to make.  We always have the power to choose to be in fear or to release those fears.  We always have the choice to stay stressed, anxious, or worried. 

But what we choose will affect the experience and the outcome for all involved.

The success of our family and our animal companions during times of change and upheaval depends upon us.  How we choose to prepare, address, observe and respond during and after the event(s) matters.


Come what may. We are never victims of our circumstances. We can chose another way.


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Choose to tell a different story.

Our perception is everything.  If we are afraid (angry, anxious, worried, resentful, judging etc.) we are not seeing clearly.  We are blocking our Spirit from flowing through us, sending us solutions.  If fear is present, we are not; we are in the past or future.  If fear is what we feel, we cannot know peace.  If we are not at peace, how can we expect to empower ourselves or anyone else?  -We cannot.  But we can choose to see the current circumstances in a new Light.  We do not have to remain in fear.  We can come to a place of peace and clarity.  When we do, we can extend this outward to everyone.

I just moved through this with my insane, rampant fears surrounding our upcoming move out west.  After some intense inner work (shadow work), I released my fears.  All of them.  I cried.  And I even laughed at a few of them.  Then I remembered to have compassion for myself for feeling and believing those fears.   Having compassion for the fears that you are perceiving about what “could happen” to your community, your companion animals, family members or friends imperative.  There is no need to judge yourself when these fears pop up.   And if something horrible happened in the past, it does not mean that it will happen again.  Do not create scenarios that are not desirable, and do not drag the past into your present circumstances.

Choose to create a new story.  
Choose how you want the story to unfold this time.   

If there are preventative measures that you can implement, put them in place.  If you are not sure how to implement tools and techniques that will ensure the safety and success of you animal companions, there are qualified people who can help you. 


Worry seems like a form of caring, but really it’s a rumination of ego-fear energy.  It does nothing to help.  In fact, it can make things worse; worry is a form of prayer and manifestation that can call more negativity to everyone


I have started to see life’s challenges as one of those books from childhood that had those “choose your own ending” options.  Do you remember those? I loved them.  When things got a little hairy (or horrible), I knew I could choose a different outcome.  Life challenges and upheavals can be like those choose-your-own-ending chapters.

We can choose to write a new story.

And if we now know better, we must do better.  If we have learned from our mistakes in the past, move on.  But if fear is running our world, we won’t know how to do better.  We won’t be able to move forward fearlessly.  If fear is rampant in your mind you won’t be able to tell a different story.


I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
~Frank Herbert


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Once I finally cleared the clouds of confusion and fear that were clouding my judgment about our upcoming move, I could see solutions.  Once I set aside my worst fears, and how I would fail in innumerable ways, I could see how we could all succeed.  Once I released my fear of not measuring up, I could see that I was capable of all of this and more.  Once I let go of the negative, worrisome outcomes I had created in my mind, I became clear minded. Once I was clear, I was at peace with the new life chapter. 

This peace led us all to an Empowered Life Path.


“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. –Cheryl Strayed


 

We Are One.

The first step to true empowerment, peace of mind, and allowing our Spirit to work through us is to release any hidden fears.  If we truly want to be of service or to be helpful to our animal family members, friends, community, or world at large, we cannot be acting from a place of fear.  Before we can think clearly and objectively, we have to get fear out of the way. 

Fear is not our friend.
Fear harms.
Fear hinders.
Fear blocks.
Fear impedes. 
Fear stalls. 
Fear clouds solutions. 
Fear creates confusion.
Fear clouds our minds.
Fear closes our hearts.
Fear leads to judgement.
Fear creates disharmony where there could be harmony, peace, and clarity.

Fear is not a friend.  Fear must leave.  Now. 


I decided I was safe.  I was strong.  I was brave. ― Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail


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Gratitude As a Guide. 

If we truly want to be helpful, there is no room for fear.  The first step to being truly helpful is to focus on releasing all fears (anger, anxiety, blame, worry, etc).  Only then we can move forward fearlessly.  This is how I Am consciously choosing to experience our new life chapter.  Gratitude can be my guide.  Confusion can lead to clarity.  Peace and empowerment are the lamps that light our way.  We can all create a more safe, empowered, and successful new life – all around the world – if we choose to let go of fears.  When we do this, we will all thrive.  And one day,  no one will need to live in fear.  This can be our collective future.  

But this future must begin within.

Now.

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Oh Mr. Postmaaan…

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Our U.P.S. delivery dude is pretty hot.

He’s also a total sweetheart.  Our mail person is adorable as well.  She sings songs so loudly from her postal vehicle I can hear her from inside my house.  It always makes me giggle and smile.  

But what I think of our postal and package delivery people doesn’t matter; what does matter is what our dog thinks of them.

Now that the holidays are here, I am unbelievably grateful that our dog adores the Dudes and Dudettes Who Bring the Boxes.  In fact, our dog thinks the UPS people and their big brown sleigh are hawt-doggity-dawg.

But she didn’t always love them.

In fact, she used to go absolutely insane when the postal people came; you would have thought our house was being invaded by a SWAT team every time the truck pulled up to our house, or when he came to the door.

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Is this how your dog sees the delivery people?

 

Let’s Get A New Perspective:

Imagine what it must feel like to your canine companion:  You are resting comfortably on your cushion in your canine castle. Then all of a sudden a loud, intrusive rumbling sound comes racing down your street.

Rumble! Bang! Boom!  Metal clangs and rattles.  Door slams.

You leap up from the comfort of your canine bed, wide-eyed and wildly wondering: 

Is that thunder!??  

Take Cover!!!  HIDE!!
No.  Wait.  It’s just a car.

Now the doors are slamming!!  OMG! Someone is here!!!

I will alert my people with my canine call!!!

They will be so glad I told them!

WAIT. Do I know this person?!!?

NO!  Agh!  It’s a stranger!!

DANGER! 
All canines on deck!!! 
Oh noooo! He is getting out of his monster machine and coming up to our house!!! — MY CASTLE!

Must defend my canine castle!!!

Must alert my people more loudly!  They don’t understand the danger!

Knock-Knock. Doorbell rings.

AGH!!! The Chimes of Doom!   

People …. HELP!!!!!
Now he’s banging on the door!!!  He’s coming in! OMG! I must defend my canine castle!!!

All life forms in your home fearfully flee the scene, or they do the opposite: They physically go after your invisibly-caped canine crusader to make her shut-the-heck-up and calm-the-heck-down.


 

Does this sound familiar?  As chaotic as that scene sounds, it’s all too common in family homes, but it can and should be prevented. 

We prevent this by removing fear. 

Think about it: Everyone’s response in that moment was based on fear. If you have a cat or dog that flees (or fights) the dog when she goes nuts, it’s a behavior that stems from fear.  The other animal is either trying to keep themselves safe from the threat, or he/she is trying to eliminate the threat.   If you go after or scream at your dog when he/she is screaming at the perceived threat, you are experiencing anger (which is actually just a mask for fear).  And, anyone or animal that goes after the dog when the dog is in the middle of a full-on-freak-out, that animal or person is only adding more fear and frustration to the already out of control fire.

Let me repeat that:  If you are reactive to your reactive dog, you are adding fear-fuel to the fear-fire. 

Hollering and forcing a dog into a position to make them “behave” isn’t going to help.  This approach can backfire. It’s very dangerous and honestly, very irresponsible.  And it’s only teaching your dog (and any other animal or child in the house) that there is something to be afraid of when the “stranger-danger” appears.  If you are reacting angrily when your dog reacts, what are you teaching them?


 

The flawed idea that a dog will only learn to behave through force and fear is sad and misguided, but people are still misled into thinking that these methods are the right way to go. This leads to elevated stress levels that could be avoided if time was taken to understand how dogs’ learn and how they can be taught effectively. Choice training is a beacon of hope in what is still a dominating world. -Victoria Stilwell, world-renowned humane dog trainer


 

So, what do we do instead of screaming “SHUT UP!” or wrestling the dog away from the door or window?

–> We teach the dog that the approaching monster man in his monster machine is A MA Z I N G, and something to look forward to! 


Here are a few (very simplified) steps to get you started:

1.Form a friendly relationship with your postal service people. These people have a very exhausting job this time of year, so go out of your way to have some compassion for them.  Find out their names.  Ask them how their day is going.  Maybe even ask how their family is doing.  Care about them, instead of seeing them as the people who drop off the-item-you-have-been-waiting-for-forever.  Not only is doing this a kind gesture, but it will pay off tremendously when you ask for their help with calming your chaotic canine!

 

2. Explain to your postal person that your dog is having a hard time with him/her coming to your house.  Just take a few minutes to let them know that you are working on helping your dog to be more calm around them. They might appreciate that you are making their life easier! They may even have some suggestions or offer ways to help you.

 

3. Ask them how they feel about dogs.  –If you know their perspective on dogs, you can know whether you need to keep your dog away from them, or allow your dog to eventually say hello calmly.  Remember that some postal people may be just as fearful of, or frustrated with dogs as your dog is to them!  Learn what their comfort level is and be respectful of it.

 

4. Change how your dog feels about the postal people.  –Many dogs who lunge or bark have been “corrected” (punished) for their behavior.  This kind of reaction has only added to their fear or frustration.  If your dog has never been corrected in any form, congrats to you, but your dog’s fear or frustration about the postal people is still present, so we need to address it.   We do this by changing the association that the dog has with the perceived threat.  We use food to transform the dog’s negative emotions to positive emotions by pairing pleasant things with the appearance of the unpleasant thing (Mr. Postman).  When done correctly, this results in a dog who turns and looks happily and expectantly at his person as soon as the dog spies the stranger-danger that used to elicit a reactive outburst.

Ever since Hocus became reactive (barking and going berserk) around the UPS and mailman vehicles I decided to rain down delicious treats when they approached.   Note: The key word is DELICIOUS.  Don’t grab a dog biscuit. Get the bacon, people.  

 

Science of how food helps in dog training

 

If we were in the house I calmly presented any one of Hocus’ favorite treats (like bacon, cheese, cat food, or chicken) to Hocus when she heard them pull up; I did this on our walks when they rumbled by; I did this when she saw them in the window; I did this anytime she heard or spied them coming.  (This video from Urban Dogs is a great example of how this can  be done outside.)  Eventually her fear and frustration turned to glad, calm anticipation.

 

5. Change how YOU feel about your dog going berserk.  Folks, you are the adults here.  You can see the full picture.  Have compassion for your canine.  Learn to control your reaction to your dog.  Take a deep breath and remember that your dog truly believes he/she is doing their job!  Thank them for doing such a good job of letting you know the postal person is here!  Remove your frustration!  Don’t allow yourself to go into your own fear or reactivity.  That only creates more confusion, fear, and frustration.

 

6.  Help your dog to focus on something else.   If you are inside and the monster machine arrives, tell your dog you will take over from here, and ask them to focus on something else that they do really well.  We call this an incompatible behavior.  Identify a behavior that’s incompatible with, or cannot occur at the same time as, the problem behavior. For example, your dog can’t be at the door barking if she’s going to get her favorite toy.

My husband and I (literally) say, “Hocus, you did a great job letting us know they’re here.  We will take over from here.  You are safe. We are all safe!  Now go get your Kong and bring it to me!”.   Once she brings us the Kong or squeaky toy, she gets rewarded with something that will keep her attention and focus for a while  (usually via frozen stuffed Kong or pig ear).

Remember to stay calm. Take deep breaths!  Be easy.  Think about what you want your dog to do instead!  By the way, “not barking” doesn’t count. What could your dog be taught to do instead of her self-assigned job of Caped Canine Crusader?  Be playful and easy about all of this while helping your dog to move her energy into something healthier, and more peaceful and fun!

 

7. Ask the postal people for their permission. If they are comfortable with it, and you have already been working on counter conditioning your dog to the sights and sounds of them from a distance, bring your dog out on a secure leash and harness. Then offer irresistible treats to your dog.  You don’t need to be close to the postal person at this point.  Merely standing on the doorstep while they are at the street can be too much for some dogs.   Just let your dog see them while you offer the tasty treats.

 

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8.  Ask the postal people for their participation. Not only is our UPS dude a hottie, but he is well prepared for pooches.  He has a huge bag of dog treats that he drives around with, ready to offer to dogs at the houses he visits.  All of the dogs on our block love him!  All the pups know that whenever a package arrives, a treat will be arriving too!  Our dog learned very quickly that the stranger-danger coming to the door was not only bringing a boxed goodie for her people, but she gets goodies too!

 

 

9.  Make safety a priority.   Always err on the side of caution, and if you are not sure about these steps, hire a force-free professional to help you. If your dog is displaying aggressive behavior, please consult a force-free animal behavior consultant .  Don’t try to fix this on your own.

 

NOTE:  Hocus Pocus is not aggressive towards humans.  She absolutely adores people, but can become quite frustrated and vocal when she cannot get to the person.  She has a history of reactivity to loud, unexpected sounds, and to some dogs.


 

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Don’t let the fear of the postal people be the Fear Grinch that steals your holiday cheer.  Show your dog that there is nothing to be afraid of.  Teach your dog that all is well, and that he/she is safe.

🎄Merry Christmas and Holiday Blessings to you and yours! ⛄❄️

 


 

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Anal Glands, Superman, and Polyester Fleece

June 2015


What do anal glands and polyester have in common?  -More than you would think!  These are two very important factors that need to be considered if you are planning on taking your cat or dog to the veterinarian.

Did you know?

  •  When some animals are afraid they can (and often do) secret their anal glands.
  •  Anal secretion happens quite a bit a the veterinarian.
  •  This can create fear in pets.
  •  This fear can be prevented.

 

The Anal Area – What You Need to Know

Dogs and cats, as well many other small mammals, have a pair of glands located just under the skin on both sides of the rectum. These glands are located at about 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock just inside of the anus. These sacs are found in all carnivora. (Carnivora is the order of mammals that includes wolves, dogs, cats, raccoons, bears, weasels, hyaenas, skunks, seals, walruses, and more!)

These glands, commonly called “anal glands,” are actually scent glands. They are designed to secrete a substance that contains pheromones.  Sebaceous glands within the lining secrete a liquid that is used for identification of members within a species.  In fact, anal glands play a very important role in “butt sniffing”. That’s why it’s so common in cats and dogs.

Butt Sniffing 101:  Rather than labeling it as gross or rude, Rethink this behavior as “speaking with chemicals”. 

 

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It’s how dogs learn about another dog’s diet, gender, and even their emotional state!

 


Fear Can Be Found In Pheromones!

Not only can pheromones be used to scent mark, attract mates, claim territory, find prey, and identify other animals, but they can be used as alarms.  Dogs and cats can smell when fear is present in these glands!  I refer to these as FEAR-amones.  When they smell fear, they instinctively know to Get The Heck Out of Dodge.


So what does this have to do your with pets?

The video below will explain why this matters.


Veterinary Medicine Editor, Mindy Valcarcel, shares three tips that she learned from veterinary behaviorist Dr. Radosta, at a recent veterinary behavior conference:

  • Dogs Don’t Want to Fly Like Superman.
  • Cats Prefer Polyester Fleece Bedding.
  • Fear Can Be Detected in the Scent of Anal Glands.

 


King Albert The Grey chooses polyester fleece over all other types of bedding.  Turns out, Albert is not unlike other felines;  Cats prefer fleece! 

Albert chooses polyester fleece over all other types of bedding. Turns out, he is like all other felines! Cats prefer the fleece!

Adding a fleece blanket to your cat’s travel kennel and while your cat is at the vet, can help your cat to feel cozy.


Speaking of fearless and cozy, don’t forget how powerful FOOD is for modifying emotions and behavior. Bring those yummy treats with you to every vet visit!  Food should be used properly from the moment you enter the lobby to the moment you leave.  We even use it for our senior cats during their acupuncture sessions! 

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High-Value Food: Don’t Leave Home Without It!

 


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No FEAR-amones here! Hocus Pocus has learned that going to the Vet results in safe and yummy Good Things!

 

 

 


I share this with you today so you can share these tips with your veterinarian team.  Becoming aware of the facts and the science is how we empower ourselves and our pets. This is being a Conscious Companion.


 

Speak UP!

We can create Fear Free Fridays, 365 days a year.  But we need to know the facts. And we need to share them fearlessly.  Don’t be afraid to tell your veterinarian what you learn!  They might learn something, too!   

Opening the lines of communication with your veterinarian team can help you and your pet to have a safe and pleasant experience together at the vet clinic.  It doesn’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) a fearful experience!  Once you know the facts, you have the power to change their world, and yours.  You are your pet’s best advocate!

 


And just a reminder folks, despite what the Kinks may say, dogs do not want to fly like Superman.  😉

Superman, Superman, wish I could fly like Superman
I want to be like Superman
-The Kinks


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