Dogs DO have chakras, of course. All living creatures; dogs, cats, people, dolphins and unicorns have chakras. A few years ago the concept of dogs having chakras seemed "out there" and was definitely not the subject of mainstream dog conversation. In the last few years there has been a burst of interest in alternative medicine and a more holistic approach to health for our dogs.
Chakra is an ancient word that means wheel in Sanskrit. There are seven Chakras roughly along the center of the body that govern our responses on many levels to the energy around us. The three chakras found in the lower part of the body (root, sacral and solar plexus) govern our basic survival needs. The four chakras that are in the upper body (heart, throat, third eye and crown) govern our mental processes.
Note! No one chakra is better or higher or lower than another. We humans, with our healthy egos, may have a tendency to focus on a chakra we feel is more "spiritual." Without a solid root chakra the most enlightened being on earth will struggle to stay grounded and feel disconnected from the earth. Conversely, if someone is too grounded, they will be unable to allow their imagination to soar. Balance, balance, balance.
Chakras are like a car's various systems. A car that is firing on all the pistons (or whatever the heck that analogy is) and the car will run smoothly. If the vehicle has worn out brakes, a crappy carburetor or dirty oil, the car will run roughly, raggedly and inefficiently. When our chakra energetic systems are open, balanced and in correct alignment, all is good. We feel good in our own skin, our emotions are level and life is good.
Conversely, when one or more of our chakra systems is out of balance we feel it throughout our entire system. We can literally feel off-balance! Some chakras are under-active (not open enough) and the other chakras have to take up the slack and work extra to make up for the slacker chakra. Over-active chakras pull energy from the other chakras and can cause a continued off balanced state.
Ponder this! Our dogs are tuned into us on many levels. emotionally, intuitively and physically. If our chakras are out of balance that imbalance can affect our dogs energy system. Just as a nervous owner's fear and stress will travel right down the dog's lead at the dog park or obedience class, so can our chakras affect their chakras. Our out of whack chakras can exaggerate or possibly cause their issues! Calm pet owners help make for relaxed pets.
To allow your or your dog's chakras to be in balance, remember that you must work on all of them in tandem. It does no good to only work on the root chakra, for example, as the others that are out of alignment will have to work just as hard to keep things working. Of course, we strive for balanced, harmonious chakras not just for us, but for our dogs and other loved ones - human and animal. Balance within all of our energy systems is what makes it work!
Some dogs seem to have a predisposition toward being high strung and nervous. Small breeds are also more aware of their tiny size and have to be or they could be stepped on! Basic stress from various aspects of modern living such as obedience class, the dog next door yapping, a constant flow of your kids friends in and out, and so on and so on can all cause imbalance in your dog's system. Just like us, general daily stress.
There are seven universally agreed upon chakras (or as universal as anything can be). Plus, our dogs have additional chakras that are probably just as important to them as the main chakras. Their Nose Chakra, Ear Chakra, Paw Chakra and Tail Chakra are all covered below. For example, their nose chakra is probably just as important, or more, as their Throat Chakra.
If the Root Chakra is balanced, open and in sync, your dog should feel safe, secure and grounded. There should be general trust of people and have a confident demeanor. There territorial needs are appropriate. The Root Chakra may be under active if your dog is often fearful or nervous. An over-active Root Chakra may create a greedy dog, one who guards their toys, food bowl or crate area. They may seem ensure and change may upset them.
With an open and balanced Sacral Chakra your dog's feelings are expressed appropriately, without being frantic or too intense. They are open to affection and loving. An under active Sacral Chakra leads to a stiff dog, lacking in emotion or warmth. On over-active Sacral Chakra can present as an overly emotional, hyper dog. They may be needy, emotionally attached to people and separation anxiety may be an issue.
An open, healthy Solar Plexus Chakra enables your dog to feel in control and confident. An under-active Solar Plexus chakra may cause your dog to be passive, skittish and timid. An over-active Solar Plexus chakra may cause your dog to be bossy, pushy, intimidating, domineering and maybe aggressive.
An open, balanced, aligned Heart Chakra will allow your dog to be loving and friendly, a pleasure to live with. An under-active Heart chakra may cause your dog to be fearful, cold and keep you at a distance emotionally. I personally do not feel there are over-active Heart Chakras in dogs.
An open, aligned Throat Chakra allows your dog to expressing herself and make her needs known. An under-active Throat Chakra makes for a timid, shy, even introverted dog. An over-active Throat Chakra in your dogs leads to barking needlessly, and manipulation.
An open and balanced Third Eye chakra makes for a dog who lives easily in the world of dogs and people. An under-active, Third Eye will inhibit your dog's ability to think on her own. Your dog may tend to rely on you too much and be easily confused. An over-active Third Eye and your dog may live in a world of fantasy and only want to play, play, play.
An open, actualized Crown Chakra allows your dog to be aware of the world and her place in it. An under-active Crown Chakra makes for a dog who never quite fits in. The dog that no one will play with at the dog park. An over-active Crown Chakra creates a worry wort dog who works themselves up over nothing.
Dogs have additional chakras in the areas of their body that bring them information.
On open, healthy Nose Chakra allows your dog to receive the information via their olfactory glands. This allows them to bring smells into their 125,000,000–300,000,000 scent glands and process identifying scents and more. A closed or under-active Nose Chakra, which may present as a dry, crusty, cracked nose, will cause stress and frustration to your dog due to their not being able to access their #1 method of info gathering.
Balanced, open Ear Chakras allow your dog to pick up on sounds in all the ranges their acute hearing. They can hear a higher range of sounds than we do (think dog whistle). Open, clear Ear Chakras enable dogs to hear this full range. Closed, blocked Ear Chakras; whether due to stress, an assault of high pitched noises or the side effects of ear infections can cause your dog to be agitated, anxious or depressed. FYI: Dogs hear at a frequency range of 67 - 45,000 Hz (varies with breeds), compared to our range of 64 - 23,000 Hz. Dogs with pricked, open ears can hear better than dogs with pendulous, hanging ears.
When they are open and clear, the Paw Chakras ensure a constant, connected flow of communication and harmony with the energy grids of the Earth. The Paw Chakras also allow our dogs to discharge or send energy back into the Earth. Think of your dog kicking dirt with his feet to send his scent out to the world. He is also dispersing spent energy that is no longer needed. The Paw Chakras work with the Root and Tail Chakras when these Chakras are open and clear.
The Tail Chakra in dogs acts as an extension of the Root Chakra in many ways. It provides additional grounding and a feeling of security. It also connects to the Throat Chakra to provide more open communication channels. Dogs share a lot of information via their tails.
What about dogs who don't have tails you may ask? They wiggle that entire area (yep, wiggle butts). In my opinion, the lack of a tail does put dogs at a disadvantage. Other dogs cannot read signals from them as easily and may misinterpret their motives. Have you seen a dog walking toward another dog with that high, stiff wagging tail...pulled up really tall? That is an "I am friendly, but if you act snarky, I will turn Cujo on you."
Now that you know about your dog's chakras and what each of them does, what the heck can you DO to help them be in balance, aligned and firing on all chakra cylinders?
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You can balance your dog's chakra system yourself! Stop shaking your head, you can, I promise. If you prefer, you may wish to have a Reiki Practitioner balance your dog's chakra system and I offer a couple of recommendations below. But you are capable of connecting with your dog and working on their energy system.
Note! There is no way you can hurt your dog or wreck their chakra system using these gentle noninvasive techniques. Think of this process as an super-sized sharing of how much you love your dog. You can help your dog reduce their stress and provide comfort to them. peace. Share the Love!