Have you noticed that your dog has a mind of their own?
Or thought “I need to give my dog this pill, it’s for his own good, why won’t he just take it?” Your next thought might be “But I’m not sure how to give a dog a pill!”
Then even when you decide on HOW to give your dog a pill, they don’t want to take it?
I recently heard from someone who wanted me to tell her dog to take their medicine without fighting her about it. She thought that service would be worth maybe $25.
That I should just tell my dog, “take your med” and my dog would do it, no discussion, no real understanding, no objections answered, no conversational dialogue.
Just do what I want you to do, period. Problem solved. Huh.
That would be nice, eh?
Wish I had a magic wand or superpower like that, don’t you?
If I did, I’d probably use it on the people I know who won’t do what I tell them to do, like my husband.
I personally think that would be worth a heck of a lot more than $25.
I could go around waving it at all the whackadoodles out there, they would straighten up immediately, and life would be so much better!
Oh yea, I’d pay a lot more than $25 for such a wonderful tool and ability…
But I digress…
Clearly, she has no clue what goes into changing a behavior like this one.
This isn’t mind control, it’s a conversation.
Her dog has a unique viewpoint all his/her own, and valid reasons for rejecting the medication.
Until we know what those are and have answered their questions so they can agree to take it politely and cooperate, we can’t possibly understand why they object in the first place, what’s not working for them.
And until we understand that? Nothing will change. You’ll still be left wondering how to give a dog a pill, because trying to force it on them just doesn’t work.
Her dog has no choice but to continue to resist – trying to be heard, listened to, respected enough to be understood.
But, when we DO listen to them and discuss it – heart to heart, mind to mind – things can and do change for the better for all concerned.
Here’s a short list of what we could discover about how your dog feels about taking their medication through a conversation that would be much more helpful.
- The medication makes the dog feel sick(er), not better.
- That it causes other problems than the health problem it’s intended to help with.
- That it hurts the dog’s kidneys or liver or has other bad side effects.
- That it gives them heartburn, or makes them feel dizzy, their heart races, they feel wobbly, not themselves at all and that is stressful.
- That it is not what they need at all, it’s the wrong medication.
- That the way the person is trying to get them to take it feels smothering, stressful, hurtful, causing resentment and frustration for everyone concerned.
- That they feel forced against their will, and they don’t like that.
- That they don’t even know why they’re being subjected to take the medication in the first place.
- That it tastes bad or smells terrible.
- That the real problem is something that the vet and person missed entirely, and if the humans would just LISTEN to the dog, they would find that out.
- That they feel angry about it all, ignored, disrespected, cut off and somehow their attempts to be heard and get their message across are now causing them to be punished, like this is all their fault when in their opinion, the problem is the humans!
And so on…
Can you see how not answering these questions, having this conversation, would make all the difference in the world for both the person and their dog?
It could even wind up saving the dog’s life.
These are advanced animal communication skills and if you haven’t put in the time to learn how to talk with your dog, and enough practice to be able to do it well yet, then don’t give up.
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It just means there’s more to learn.
Yes, you will be able to have a conversation about these things and so much more.
Continue your training, practice, and acquire more experience in animal communication.
It’s a conversation worth having and a skill worth developing.
“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.”
Keep showing up and practicing, get proper feedback to keep you on track and learning from your mistakes.
There’s no substitute for training with (or hiring) an expert and getting the feedback that is tailored to you so that you can practice and learn – and yes, understand – more efficiently and effectively.
It’s easy to talk with animals, once you know how.
Yep, that’s how animal communication works.
These are the complex issues that my clients and students work on (and this is what I help them with in 1:1 private sessions and in live group coaching calls).
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BIG hugs and much love to you and your angels, teachers, guides and healers disguised as animals too!