Wellbeing: Reiki for Dogs


Reiki for dogs? Now that’s something we hadn’t heard of before so when we saw it was listed as one of the demonstrations on offer at the recent London Pet Show we knew we had to check it out.

For those not familiar with Reiki, it’s a technique commonly called palm healing or hands on healing, which transfers universal energy through the palms to allow for self-healing and a state of equilibrium. According to Rob Fellows, Reiki Master for Reiki 4 Dogs, it’s a great way to calm pets when they become distressed or anxious, to treat depression (yes dogs get it too) or to provide pain relief for injuries or aging conditions like arthritis. Rob explained to the crowd that dogs who receive the treatment over a long period of time get so attuned to it that they start to ‘ask’ for it by sidling up to the administer or nudging for attention as was the case with his former dog, a Springer called Joe who suffered lower back pain.

We watched Rob in action on Vader – a gorgeous, three-legged French Bulldog, who’d lost his leg in an accident in his first home. Perched on his owner Caroline’s lap, we witnessed little Vader get transported into a state of chilled out bliss resulting in him snoring away in front of the audience who had gathered to watch. It might not be a conventional treatment but judging Vader’s reaction it certainly worked. 

Rob advise that Reiki is a not a ‘chosen ones’ gift; anyone can be taught how to administer this complimentary treatment, which is why he runs a one-day course for owners so that their dogs can experience the benefits of natural healing. For more information and details of courses visit Reiki4dogs.co.uk.

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