It is important as a pet parent to be able to self regulate your emotional state before and during dog training or interacting with your pets. A calm and positive energy will benefit your relationships, with humans and animals alike. It will put you in the best frame of mind for decision making, especially when you must act quickly in response to the actions or reactions of others. Being at the positive end of the scale can help you tap into your own intuition, your sense of knowing, and help self-guide your care for yourself and your pet.
The below tapping scripts are offered to you so you can try tapping on your own.
Where are you on the scale? Zero is neutral and generally no emotions. Below zero are negative emotions, like fear, anxiety, apprehension, self-doubt, frustration, anger and depression. The goal is to get to zero and hopefully above, to reach positive emotions, like joy, curiosity, creativity, playfulness, humor, compassion, bliss. It is at these higher levels on the scale that we can truly show up as our best selves in our lives and in our relationships.
Before you begin, tune into your emotions and take a reading using the scale above. Are you feeling stressed? Write or remember the number, then try to tap on that feeling while simply breathing into each of the tapping points. Take another reading. Have you moved up or down the scale? Once you have reached a neutral place, chose a tapping script below and again refer to the scale before and after each session.
You may be surprised at how quickly your emotions can change after short tapping sessions.
Tapping can really be really powerful and amplified in a group setting. Dog Energist offers regular free Tapping Support Group for Pet Parents events via Zoom.
This short video introduces Tapping for Pet Parents, the Emotion Scale and the Tapping Points.
These tapping scripts are created for pet parents to empower themselves to process challenging feelings and scenarios they may be experiencing with their pets. If you think of a topic that might be beneficial to tap on, please contact me so I can create a tapping script.
One of the most important steps to solving any problem is to accept it in the moment. Fighting or struggling doesn't get us closer to a solution. Sometimes that can make it all more complicated and a lot harder. This tapping script helps us to accept who our pet is, who we are, and whatever problems that we have to put us in the best place possible to start to sort out whatever issues we have.
Grief can hit us hard when we lose a beloved pet. It may surprise us that it seems even more difficult to cope with the death of a pet than some human family members or friends. That is totally normal! Our love for our pets is so pure and they are with us all the time. The hole left behind is huge. You won't ever "get over" them, but you can move on. You can love another pet again. But first, tap on your grief. Hold the space for the loss. While you are doing this, try to visualize your pet in their happiest place. My sincerest condolences.
We don't always do the best by our pets. In moments of frustration we may lose our cool and react in a way we regret. Perhaps we have used aversive tools or punishment that has negatively impacted our relationship. Maybe our pets are afraid of us or don't trust us. We can't change what happened, but we can ask our pets for forgiveness and we can forgive ourselves. We can move forward in a positive direction. Forgiveness is crucial to improving the way we feel so we can show up as our best self for our pets.
When given the option to medicate a pet, some pet parents feel very challenged by his decision. This tapping script is offered to help you be open to the possibility while also remembering that you have a choice. I am not a veterinarian and am not giving medical advice. Always see a veterinarian before giving any medication or supplement to your pet.
While using a muzzle to manage a potentially aggressive dog is a very safe and effective option, it is really a difficult step to take for many pet parents. This tapping script can help pet parents consider using a muzzle to help train their dog.
Traveling can be stressful and bringing a pet along can create a lot of added worry. Calming ourselves down can help our pets feel safe and calm. Preparing for travel and knowing what challenges may arise helps us feel less surprised if things do become challenging.
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The side of the hand also know as the Karate Chop point is where we start our tapping session. We tap here to acknowledge our situation. If we are feeling stuck with ourselves or our dogs, if we have tried everything and it’s not working, if we feel hopeless, sadness or any negative emotions like anger, frustration, or grief over a lost pet. This is where we try to accept where we are at so we can move forward.
The eyebrow point is where we can release memories of scary situations or feelings of sadness. Maybe we experienced something frightening with our pet, like an accident, a serious medical emergency, an attack and we are having a hard time moving on from that place. This positions helps us feel more at ease and we can begin to overcome those difficult stories from our past from a place of peace.
Dogs can really push our buttons, make us angry and make us feel really frustrated. Sometimes their behaviors make us feel trapped and cause us to feel resentment. Tapping here can help us let that bitterness go. We can start to feel compassion for our dogs and ourselves. Think of all those icky feelings as fogging up your glasses and when you tap here your glasses are getting cleared up and you can see things much better.
Under the eye is where we can tap on fears, worries, anxieties, anything that is making us feel uncomfortable and unsafe. Perhaps you are concerned about how your dog will react when guests come over. Maybe it isn't fun to have people visit. Tapping here can loosen us up, help ease that tension, so we can calm down and feel ok about working on these challenges.
Tapping under the nose can help us overcome feelings of shame and guilt. As pet parents is we often feel like we are not enough or we are not doing things the right way. We blame ourselves sometimes for our pet’s challenges. This can make us feel hopeless and powerless. We tap here to release those feelings and instead accept ourselves, accept our dogs, feel self-empowered and experience grace for ourself and our pets.
Dogs aren’t always the most easy creatures to figure out and we often second guess the approaches we take take to care for them. Under the mouth is a tapping point that can help us release feelings of confusion. If we are feeling lost, tapping here can help us find direction. We can ease into the poise we need to discover our intuition so the solutions come to us easily.
When we tap on the collarbone we are letting go of the feeling of being stuck or trapped. I like to imagine the care bear stare when those cute cartoons shoot hearts and rainbows out of their chests. From this point we can break free from whatever is holding us back. That could be false beliefs we have about ourselves or our pets. Maybe you feel like you can’t go anywhere because your dog has separation anxiety. You might be holding onto a story about your rescue pet that is holding your pet back. Tap here to move past those old stories and to move forward with self-assurance and confidence.
We tap under the arm to release feelings worry and guilt. Pet parents know what it feels like to worry about our babies. Whether our pet is experiencing illness or pain or fear, we can even become obsessed with these challenges. We can feel guilty because we wonder, what could I have done differently. Did I do this to my pet? Have I done something wrong? Tapping here can help us feel compassion for ourselves and our pets. We can reach a place of ease and gain some insight into the situation.
When we tap on the thumb we release all the icky stuff - the negative toxic thinking, the self-judgement, sadness, depression, grief and loss. We’ve all made mistakes with our dogs and hold onto baggage in our relationship with our pets. From this position we can feel a sense of renewal, we can recognize positive things in our lives, we can overcome hurt and grief and accept ourselves and our pets as we are right now. You may have heard the phrase, “train the dog in front of you.” To this I add, “Be the pet parent who you are right now.”
The index finger helps us overcome how hard it can be to forgive.To forgive ourselves and to forgive others, including our pets. We all have stories of emotional pain and hurt that stay with us. We all have made mistakes as pet parents and during dog training. We tap here to forgive ourselves, to release whatever in the past is clinging to us so we can show up in a positive, productive and happy way and enjoy a great life with our dog.
The middle finger helps us ease feelings of anxiety. Perhaps our dog is reactive to other dogs or people. We may tense up on the leash or maybe even the idea of going on a walk is distressing. We tap on this point to feel ease, to accept who we are, who our dog is, and to feel a sense of bonding and trust between each other so work together to get through our problems.
The ring finger point is really helpful when we need to figure things out and get things done. If we are feeling indecision we can tap on this point to start to put the pieces together we we can come up with a plan. If we don’t know where to begin with a dog training, this point can help us feel more organized and in a better place to think through how to get started and where we need to go.
The pinky finger is a great point for when our pets are just getting under our skin. Maybe they are barking or whining at us, or stealing our socks, or pawing at us for something when we just need to be doing something else. This point helps with these little annoyances in life. These pesky frustrations that drive us a bit nuts. When we tap here we can give grace to ourselves and our dog. We can feel the unconditional love we have for them and tune into a sense of compassion. Very importantly we can feel into our own need for self love and self care.
Tapping on the top of the head connects us to the universal consciousness, where we can gain all knowledge. Mind blowing! If we believe in spirit, this is the point of contact. It helps us tap into our intuition and sense of knowing. When we tap here we can imagine ourself with our dog in our most perfect place. This is also where we finish each round of tapping so it seals in all we have done and we can feel into how our energy has changed. We may feel new balance and we can really enjoy that when we tap on this point.
I created a short video on youtube which demonstrates the tapping points.
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