Well it's 2017 and Coffey is trying something new to help with his excitability and also as pre-help to the little injuries (left shoulder / right front foot) he sustained as a rough and tumble pup:
We are also using Bach Rescue Remedy for Pets as an aid with training.
Coffey needs gets reactive excitable and needs to learn how to calm himself down.
As he learns to focus back on us and starts to calm himself down I give him a treat with the Rescue Remedy on it to help him calm a little more.
I am hoping it will promote faster calming instead of his continuing stubborn challenging.
(He doesn't get leave it means leave it - he thinks it means try, try again! to get to what is exciting him)
We have been training him since a puppy and at about a 1 year old he got reactive and over excitable.
Off to a special class Kelli went to help learn some new tools. The "Grumpy Dog" class.
The different tools do help and I think time will settle him more.
Just don't want him taking bad habits to a new level so we are working on it continuously until we are all worn out - LOL!
One thing I noticed immediately after the 1st acupuncture session ....... 1. Acupuncture is RELAXING.jpg
Heeeee heeeeeee heeeeee - NO WHINING!!!!! Just dreaming!!!!!!!!
The no whining lasted 6 days!
Then we had session (#2) setup for a week later: 2. First needles top of head.jpg
he has around 23 acupuncture needles in him and they keep count because the needles get lost in his fur someplaces! 3. Keep count - they blend in to my fur.jpg
He had some stimulation on some of the points, that's why one fell out.
He did pretty good not moving around for a bit ..... 4. direct trigger points - oops dropped one.jpg
The Vet said that in the future she can use the needles with a little saline so the saline bubble stays longer like a pressure point being activated.
That might be better in some places - like energy balancing spots. The stimulation is for movement / increase flow around his boo boo parts.
OK. This pic is JUST BECAUSE ...... I had never seen him pass out in my car before!!!!!! Sweet dreams Little Guy!!!!! 5. Wow - dreaming and no more whining in car.jpg
This all sounds so interesting, and being the wife of a chiropractor, I am more intrigued, and went digging for information, as well as what we both have knowledge of in the nutrition field ( I am a self taught herbalislt of over 25 years). Diet has a LOT to do with how a person reacts (ie. depression, anger, insomnia, lethargy, etc.), and how a person gets "sick". Illness is just a manifestation of toxins (from food, daily use of cosmetics- shampoos, body lotions, synthetic perfumes, etc.) trying to get OUT of the body, and they affect the organs, depending on the toxin, time of year, foods ingested, and so on. Being "sick" is actually the way we get rid of what is ailing us, and unfortunately, we have little patience to wait out this natural way to get well, and we try to stop the symptoms with "medicine"! Our pets are also extremely affected by all this, and excitability is sometimes related to diet. Kidneys are the main organs that can trigger anxiety, agression and/or excitability (beyond the norm puppy type). There are many foods we can add to their diets to help the kidneys along, and to keep their immune systems strong.
I have tested the accupressure point on Wyot, right between the eyes (just a tad above, really) to calm and center his attention. It does work... You can look up accupressure points you can do yourself to help Coffey, and there is an interesting thing called the Five-Element Theory that will help explain all this further. Here is a link for starters, to explain what I mentioned above. http://animalwellnes...nt-theory-dogs/ . All of this ties in to the accupuncture, and bach rescue remedy you have been using. I myself will be researching the different seasons and feed Wyot accordingly. Apparently, organ meats will help the kidneys, as will certain cooked veggies (cooked, because it helps to break down the cellulose in the veggies, which dogs find hard to digest). If you feed raw foods, it should be broken down by a blender (I love my Vitamix for this), so the cellulose is not hard on the dog's digestive system.
Sorry for going on and on, lol! I am passionate about natural living and treating things as naturally as possible. I know nature provides everything we need, but modern life makes for thinking we "need" everything they sell out there. You may already know most of this stuff...and I like to help educate as much as I can, making for less pain and toil for us and our animal family.
PS- something many don't think about: Wireless technology is in our homes (I would think very few don't have this), and it affects us and our health more than we know. Dogs and cats are more sensitive to those electronic unnatural energies, and that may affect them as well.