Here is something a bit different from my usual blog topics 🙂 Here is one way that you can help your pet feel more at ease. Without any special gizmos or complicated things to do. Yay!
This comes from the wonderful, gentle, fun Tellington TTouch work, which offers LOTS of intelligent and kind ways to help animals feel more at ease, move better, and relate with us better.
At the heart of this – say “Hi” to them, from a calm place within yourself.
And then, the tip I show in this video is how to softly stroke the side of the face and their ears, so that you invite their nervous system to come into the calmer “thinking brain” and social engagement place.
The key thing is to offer what the animal’s cues tell you about what feels good to them. And to stop when they have had “enough” for that time.
Enough may be a few seconds, sometimes. In this video, my cat loves this stuff and is happy to have it continue for the length of this video. Many animals may want less. Just watch them, and listen to their cues.
That too – listening to their cues – is something that helps an animal feel more at ease. The more they sense you are listening and responding to them, the more (and more quickly) they tend to calm.
Trust your hands, and touch with kindness. Your pet will feel that goodness. Linda Tellington-Jones (who developed Tellington TTouch) said “put your heart in your hands, and your hands on your animal”. 🙂 Perfect!
Happy exploring –