A Dog’s Anxiety of Veterinarians and How It Changed My Life

A Dog's Anxiety of Veterinarians and How It Changed My Life
Boomer, The Dog Who Taught Elaine About TTouch

Boomer, The Dog Who Taught Elaine About TTouch

Here’s my story about A Dog’s Anxiety of Veterinarians and How It Changed My Life. My dog Boomer, a Wheaton Terrier, was almost 12 years old when I took him in for his annual physical. In the past, Boomer was sometimes mouthy and didn’t want a vet working on near his face. On April 23, 2004, the vet muzzled Boomer and started the physical. I held him. When she looked in his eyes, he snarled from his gut and it sounded like the Exorcist. Both of us were shocked and she said something like “I guess I won’t examine your mouth and ears today.” His blood test showed his liver enzymes were high and we decided to test in a month or so.

Right before his appointment, I read The Tellington TTouch® by Linda Tellington-Jones. I made Boomer’s appointment for his bio-acid liver test where they would take a blood sample, feed him, and then two hours later take another blood test. Only using the knowledge I had gleamed from the book and cards, I attempted to use TTouch® on Boomer. A card on Mouth TTouch® stated it helped with fear of veterinary offices. I thought it might help the dog’s anxiety. I sat next to him on the sofa, stuck a finger in his mouth (I didn’t ask him if I could) and tried to perform the Mouth TTouch® each night for 6 days. The touches were very quick and clumsy. The first time he pulled away after 2 seconds, if that. The sixth night Boomer let me do the TTouch® mouth work for 15 seconds on his top gum.
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“Help Me with My Cat,” A Request for Animal Communications

help-me-with-my-catOn June 10, 2008, I received an email with subject of “”Help Me with My Cat,” A Request for Animal Communications. She had litter box problems with her cat.  The cat was urinating outside the litter box. I couldn’t figure out how this person found me – she is from California. So I asked. Imagine my surprise when she mentioned an article on MSNBC.com and a blog! After receiving another request on a “cat behavior problem” that had also mentioned the MSNBC.com blog, I started putting it together. I quickly sent an email to a client in South Carolina (my husband’s cousin) and asked if she knew anything about this blog.

Her reply was “Yes!” She read the MSNBC.com article “What’s on your cat’s mind? Ask a pet whisperer” and answered the request the forum question. The forum is now closed. RDCgrrl’s entry stated she was skeptic of animal communications and animal communicators until I worked with her and her cats. Now she is a believer!

I love the power of the Internet. The article does a good job of explaining animal communications. Thanks “RDCgrrl” for putting Animal Bridges in the blog!


 

  • Does your pet have pain or act scared sometimes?
  • Ever wish you could tell her something she would understand?
  • Wish you knew what he was thinking?

Every people/pet team has unique needs. Often, a combination of approaches will serve both the client and the pet best. It really depends on each individual animal and person’s needs. All methods are gentle and loving.

Each session is as unique as your pet and each session with your pet can be unique from her previous sessions.

It’s easy to set up your sessions, just contact me here or call me at 612-237-9580. I’m happy to help you explore the options and find the best solution for your unique situation.

“Elaine has been very helpful and supportive since my adoption of a very anxious dog. Her TTouch sessions and ongoing communication has helped us both. She has great suggestions and is very responsive to my frantic calls.” – Lynnea Forness, Minneapolis, MN

Shelter Dog Adopted After TTouch Experiences

shelter-dog-adoptedIn March 2007, I met Martini, a Boxer/Pit Bull Terrier mix at Animal Ark Shelter in Hastings, WI. My partner from Tellington TTouch® training and I saw Martini bouncing against the kennel gate and barking excitedly. She showed the pet problems of the dog shelter including problem barking dog. This could delay her adoption.  When we took her out of the kennel, she dragged my partner across the floor as I tried to keep up. We used the TTouch® method on her for an hour on two different days. The second day she sat calmly as we approached her kennel. When we left, I told her she would find a forever home soon.

When we came back in July 2007, Martini was still there. I walked into her kennel and she sat. She seemed to remember me. This time I had another TTouch partner. We walked her outside and worked with Martini’s pulling and let her learn about her surroundings. As we left, I told her to sit calmly when people come and soon she would have a forever home. I decided I would go back to visit her within the month. The next morning the TTouch instructor received this e-mail:
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Dog Tells Why She Licks in Animal Communication

Dog tells why she licks in animal communication.

Carmella

Jane B wanted to know why Carmella is licking everyone and everything and asked me, an animal communicator, to talk with her. Carmella, the dog tells why she licks in the animal communication. The following is an excerpt from Carmella’s and my conversation:

E:    I understand you lick everyone. Why do you do it?

C:    It makes me feel better. I want to mother them. I want to take care of them.

E:    Did you ever have any puppies?

C:    Yes, once but I don’t remember when. They were taken from me and I feel the need to lick others like I would do with my puppies.

E:    Did you have puppies in this life or in a past life?
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Dog’s Thunderstorm Anxiety Was Transformed

On a summer night (2007) as I drove to my client’s house, a thunderstorm was moving in from the west.  The dog, Chief, had a severe fear of thunderstorms and displayed dog anxiety. In the past, he ripped out of an airline crate and tore up a room. Here’s how this Dog’s Thunderstorm Anxiety Was Transformed.

Scared of Storm!

Scared of Storm!

As I walked in Chief, an 85 pound black lab/husky, greeted me calmly. Within three minutes, the storm broke over the house. In less five minutes, Chief was trembling, panting, hiding under the coffee table, and the whites of his eyes were showing. He was afraid!

I started using Tellington TTouch® touches on him and his eyes softened. Within a few minutes you could see his body relax. I continued with additional TTouch® techniques and flower essences. In less than 30 minutes, he got out from under the coffee table, shook off, and went into dog down position. He took a treat from my hand even while the thunderstorm continued. His guardian was surprised how quickly Chief relaxed.Since our sessions, Chief’s people use the techniques I taught them and Chief is much calmer with thunderstorms when they are home to help him.

  • Does your pet have pain or act scared sometimes?
  • Ever wish you could tell her something she would understand?
  • Wish you knew what he was thinking?

Every people/pet team has unique needs. Often, a combination of approaches will serve both the client and the pet best. It really depends on each individual animal and person’s needs. All methods are gentle and loving.

Each session is as unique as your pet and each session with your pet can be unique from her previous sessions.

It’s easy to set up your sessions, just contact me here or call me at 612-237-9580. I’m happy to help you explore the options and find the best solution for your unique situation.

“Elaine has been very helpful and supportive since my adoption of a very anxious dog. Her TTouch sessions and ongoing communication has helped us both. She has great suggestions and is very responsive to my frantic calls.” – Lynnea Forness, Minneapolis, MN