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I help people resolve all kinds of behavior issues with their companion animals, including fighting, biting, not obeying, inappropriate elimination, hyperactivity, separation anxiety, fear reactions, and any kind of “acting out.” In an intuitive communication session, I can get the animal’s perspective. Based on the animal’s input I then design an approach for addressing the issue. The approach will include resources for a holistic approach to care and training, information on dealing with any mirroring that may be occurring in the dynamic of the issue, and guidance on how to shift the situation using the intuitive connection.
My book, Ask Your Animal, is a detailed guide to the process of resolving behavioral issues and improving training results with animals using intuition. The core assumption of this approach is that animals understand everything we say, think, feel, and/or visualize, whether at a distance or in person. This is a very radical hypothesis, which I know is accurate, because I have tested it out for myself multiple times a day for over 20 years. You can test it for yourself by trying the Talking Experiment and also trying out the Coach Approach, which is the foundation of the techniques I offer in Ask Your Animal.
Pick a behavior in your animal that you do not like or select one you are working to change. Talk to your animal out loud as if you are talking to a person (don’t expect them to sit raptly at attention just address the conversation to them and don’t focus on their physical behavior). Explain why you don’t like the behavior, why it is a problem, what it could lead to, and how you feel about it all. Next, say what you want instead, why, what the rewards will be for the animal and how it will make you feel. Now close your eyes and visualize the animal behaving in the ideal way that you would like. It will be as if you are watching a movie in your mind. Make this movie as real and detailed as you can and include sensory and emotional aspects, i.e., feel this new reality both physically and emotionally as you are making the movie. When you finish, open your eyes and say to your animal, "That is my dream of what could happen. If you could do even a little of this me it would make me so happy, and I will do everything I can to help you make this shift." Once you have put the image out there track your animal’s behavior. If you see any small improvement give lots of praise, thanks and compliments, verbally. If there is backsliding have a short lecture and replay the movie. The idea is, rather than being adversaries, you are your animal’s coach. In that role you believe your animal can change and your are the support system to make that change happen.
I used this technique to introduce a new kitten, Phoebe, into my household. I told all my animals that I wanted them to get along with the new kitten and that my dream was that they would all play together. Then I closed my eyes and imagined them doing this, as if creating and simultaneously watching a movie of all my animals getting along and playing together. I made this scenario as real as I could by imagining things like patting one of my dogs and the kitten as they lay snuggled up together or hearing one of the adult cats and the kitten chasing each other in play across the house. I also imagined what it would feel like emotionally to have all my animals happy and totally at peace with each other and the new kitty. I did this several times a week. Whenever there was hissing or spats or the dogs got too "big" for the kitty, I reminded them out loud that I wanted them to all get along and play and tolerate each other. Then I would say, "Here is how I want you to act," and close my eyes and imagine the less than perfect encounter that had just happened, but I would revise it to be the ideal - a happy encounter with a good outcome.
I did a few other things as well, like using flower essences, but the Coach Approach technique was the main thing I did and it worked really well. Within two weeks my kitten and my dogs were best friends and one of my adult cats was starting to sort of play with Phoebe. All along the way I gave them praise and told them how brilliant they were. Animals like to hear that about themselves as much as we do. At four weeks everyone was playing with Phoebe, including my 20 year old cat, and eventually they all became completely tolerant of her.