The healing power of animals has been used by humans for a very long time. Whether they are being used a simple way to keep you calm, work towards recovery, or as a tool when you can’t do things for yourself, this sort of relationship is very important to a lot of people, including the Authors of this Blog.
It can take time to build this sort of connection, though, making it important that you take the right approach when you’re working on it for yourself. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best ways to introduce an animal into this sort of lifestyle.
Choosing The Right Animal
The animal you choose for this sort of work will make a huge difference to the success you find from it. Dogs are the typical answer, as they are easy to train, while also being a great companion for those who have to spend a large amount of time on their own. They can be great for therapy, providing senses, and can even help with speeding up recovery.
Cats are well known for their ability to help people to get back on their feet after complications like strokes. This shows that you have to do some research when you’re picking your healing pet, as you could easily choose one which won’t help your specific healing needs.
Training Them Well
Once you have your pet at home, it will be time to start thinking about training, and the work which will have to be done to enable them to do their job. Of course, you can’t really train a cat, making it important to simply give them the right environment to be happy. Dogs, on the other hand, will be very easy to train, and can be made into a powerful tool when you’re fighting a range of issues.
The best way to handle this will be with some expert advice. There are loads of charities out there which can help you with this, giving you the chance to get the help you need without having to pay anything for it.
Celeste’s Healing Pet Story
Editors note: I’ve asked Lifein12keys.com main Author Craig Smith to share some insight on how healing with pets has affected him and his wife of 21 years, Celeste.. From Craig:
“At that time we had 3 Chihuahuas and a large breed Catahoula. The way the dogs nursed her back to health over the next 6 months was almost indescribable. They knew something was wrong.”
“Whether they sensed it or felt it, I’m not sure. All I know is it was one of the most heart-warming and genuine displays of affection I’ve ever seen as a lifelong pet owner.”
“Abigail, who by now had become the biggest Mommy’s girl ever, never left her side during recovery. She slept with her every second of every day for the difficult 6 month healing process. She remains a Mommy’s Girl to this day and Celeste has since had a full recovery, aside from the hearing loss.”
Making It Official
While it is a fairly new practice in modern society, service animals are being recognized by a lot of governments worldwide. With a document from a company like CertaPet, you can start to reap the benefits of this, as it will enable you to take your animal to places where most pets could never go, like in stores and on planes.
Along with this, though, your pet may also need to wear a special uniform or harness when you’re out in public.
Making people aware that your animal is there to help like this will make it much easier to use them properly, as it will stop conflicts when it comes to taking them into places where they otherwise wouldn’t be allowed.
Using Their Full Potential
While the training an emotional and medical support animal will get is very good, there will always be more which they can learn to benefit you. In fact, their education doesn’t have to stop at any point in their life, and you have a couple of routes to go down to make this happen.
If you have the ability to do it, carrying out this work yourself will be the best way to do it. Your pet will trust you more than they trust anyone else, and this will make it easier for them to learn.
If you can’t do this, though, you can always pay someone else to handle it for you, providing a professional level of training to your pet.
Getting Some Pet Advice
Finally, as the last area to consider, all of this work can feel very daunting when you’re first getting into it. It can feel like your pet is dominating your life for a little while, and a lot of people give up at this stage. Getting some advice from your local Veterinarian or Doctor can be a big help in this area.
While they may not know how to train your animal, they will have a good idea of the benefits it could give you, making their advice invaluable at each stage of the process. Of course, though, you will have to follow the advice they give if you want it to have any impact.
With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the world of healing pets. It may seem like a weird route to go down when you have a medical issue, but there is very strong evidence which suggest that this can have a real impact on your life, making it worth giving it a try.
I have to give photo credit to that incredible cat picture!
Joe is a friend and contributing Author to Lifein12keys.com. He lives in Longwood, Florida with his wife Bethanne and sons Patrick and Joe Jr.