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How to Communicate With Your Pet to Keep Them Calm This Fourth of July

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By Shannon Cutts, Animal Love Languages

From Europe to Asia to North America, all over the world pet parents share one universal problem in common. NOISE. Fireworks. Thunderstorms. Cars backfiring. Ambulances. Alarm systems. Loud music. Dogs, cats, parrots, horses, and even reptiles go into fightorflight mode with all the bells and whistles barking, hissing, cowering, lunging, eliminating anywhere and everywhere. Unfortunately, with many pets, even repeated noise exposure often doesn’t eradicate these core fear symptoms. If you are left desperately wondering if there is anything else you could try, the answer is yes! Animal communicator Shannon Cutts tackles the true elephant in the room and gives you immediate practical tips you can use to keep your animals safe and calm when the volume spikes.

Guess what instigates more missing pet cases every year than anything else?

If you guessed “fireworks” give yourself a gold star and give your pet whatever treat you always give them to try to keep them safe and calm during the inevitable noise event yet to come.

The pet remedies for noise are wellknown: CBD, valerian, melatonin, prescription antianxiety meds to calm their nerves. Physical counteractions such as daytime vigorous play to zonk them out or playing competing loud noises to drown out the snap, crackle, zap and pop. You can find everything from equine stress vests to noisecanceling pupphones (headphones for dogs, yup!) out there in the great antinoise pet parent marketplace.

There is just one tiny problem. At their very best, these options still function only at the level of bandaids – masking or reducing the most obvious surface symptoms of a deeper core problem no drug or distraction can touch.

1. What’s Better than Just a Band-Aid?

As an animal intuitive and sensitive an animal communicator – , my perspective on the best approach to keeping noiseaverse pets calm comes straight from the animals themselves. Here is what my pet clients are telling me they need when noise levels rise.

They need YOU to calm down.

Here, I should probably back up and explain a little more about how your pet spends all day, every day of their life, with you.

While you are busy checking items off your todo list, working, studying, cleaning, Zooming, napping, or doing whatever you do, your dog, cat, bird, horse or other pet species is watching what I call YouTV. By this, I mean they are watching the mental pictures in your head, the emotions attached to those mental pictures, and the thoughts that are generated by each imageemotion combination.

This is not unlike how we check in with our favorite weather or traffic app to help us plan and prepare for our day. Only your pet is watching YouTV 24/7. They are always monitoring your broadcasts and will react very quickly when your channel indicates there may be cause for alarm or action.

You may even already have some proof of this. Has your dog ever started barking when you’ve been in the middle of a stressful phone conversation? Does your cat hide when the neighbor you don’t really like rings your doorbell? Is your parrot prone to screaming when you are unconsciously ruminating about a snarky comment you overheard your boss make about you to a coworker? Our animals know. They are frequently more tuned into our mental pictures, emotions and thoughts than we are, AND they are quicker to react to them.

2. Why is YouTV Important?

With this information now in hand, let’s pretend it is the morning of July 4th. You are looking forward to the evening’s festivities, which includes the usual colorful fireworks show. You are also hyperaware that you need to make some plans for your noiseaverse pets so they don’t completely lose it when the show begins.

As you consider what to do first and next, your mind starts forming mental pictures. If you are like most pet parents, these mental pictures revolve around past moments that proved your pets hate noise. Maybe you start mentally replaying that night your dog chewed up the crown molding and your cat peed on the carpet. Perhaps you suddenly have several such memories all queued up in a line to mentally review and replay. The emotions you feel as each mental “movie clip” flashes across your mindscreen aren’t soothing either. Fear. Frustration. Irritation. Anger. Impatience. Terror. Then your thoughts start spouting out warning messages even as your left brain cranks out one idea and then another for how to keep Marlin from tearing up the couch cushions and prevent Sophie from vomiting on your sheets.

Meanwhile, your pets are watching YouTV. They are glued to it YouTV is their favorite channel and the drama is really ramping up this morning. They are watching your mental movies of them in distress, reacting in fearful and anxious ways with behaviors that indicate they are terrorized by something that is about to happen in the very near future. They are feeling and absorbing your own heightened emotions of fear, stress, anxiety.

With all of this buildup, is it any wonder even the strongest antianxiety pet meds or supplements or the most vigorous round of prefireworks “fetch” are rarely completely effective for calming your pet?

What is truly needed here is a shift in your own mind and heart. When you consciously choose to change your YouTV channel to a station that is playing a calm, peaceful film, this will result in your animals being relaxed no matter what the weather is like or what festivities may be going on. By changing the channel, your pets will benefit right to their core.

3. How to Change the Channels…

Now, I am not a veterinarian or a medical professional. Please understand I am not in any way saying don’t follow your traditional veterinarian’s or holistic practitioner’s instructions in terms of any medications or other remedies prescribed to help your noiseaverse pet suffer less during

loud events.

What I am saying is that ultimately, your pets are looking to you for direction about how to respond to any noise event. If you are unwittingly broadcasting gloom and doom, threat and stress, fear and terror, you can absolutely expect your pets to exist in a perpetual state of fight or flight with all the expected symptoms of distress. Especially until your own mental pictures, emotions and thoughts shift in a more peaceful direction.

So here is what I would like to propose for this year’s noisy holidays as well as for any upcoming noise events in your family’s life. Still do all the usual things you do that you have seen some positive results from. Definitely ask your pet’s veterinarian for help if your pet has any kind of extreme noise phobia or reaction. Be sure your animal is microchipped and your contact information is updated in the database.

However, also play with changing your YouTV programming on the night of fireworks. Broadcasting quiet, calm mental pictures of happy pets playing or snuggling or snoozing, paired with happy and loving emotions and proud thoughts of how well they are doing, is going to shift the energy of the whole day in such a beneficial direction for your animals.

If you are not used to working with your own mind and emotions in this way, it can help to start practicing right away. Let’s say your mind keeps replaying a particularly traumatic memory of when your noiseaverse pup injured himself trying to get out of his kennel during last year’s fireworks. So take that YouTV clip and shift it. Instead, envision your dog napping calmly and cozily in his kennel all through the fireworks show.

Or maybe you keep visualizing your bird screaming and repetitively featherplucking during a recent wild thunderstorm. Shift that YouTV clip into a scene where your parrot tucks into a tasty dinner and doesn’t seem to even notice the thunder and lightning going on while she eats.

You get the general idea. You can do the same thing with repetitive thoughts that are keeping you anxious and worried about how your pet is going to react to some nearfuture noise event. Let’s say your mind keeps saying to you, “Tucker is just so sensitive to noise and I sure hope he doesn’t develop new hot spots again from all the stress”. Take that repetitive thought and shift it to “Tucker is so brave and mature and he has everything he needs to stay calm and healthy even when it gets noisy outside.” Make sense?

So give this a try this Fourth of July….and during the next weather event….and when the neighbor decides to DJ their next backyard barbecue….and during any noise event that might ordinarily spark your pets’ anxiety and stress response. Remember, when you send your pets signals through your mental pictures or emotions and thoughts that all is well and they are safe, you set them up to remain calm and quiet, no matter what temporary disruption is taking place in the world around them.
Happy holidays and be sure to drop me a note to let me know how it goes!

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About the Author
Home – Shannon CuttsShannon Cutts is an intuitive animal communicator and Reiki master
practitioner with Animal Love Languages. Shannon works through the universal love language of all species to connect with her pet clients deep listening. Deep listening activates empathy, allowing Shannon to literally feel what an animal is feeling, listen in to their thoughts, experience what they are experiencing and then relay all of that information to the pet parent.
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