I’ve never personally met the animals who reside with Whitney and her husband because they live in California, but I have worked with the animals at times over the last several years. When Whitney emailed recently asking if I would check in on the two dogs and one cat she had living with her, I was delighted to do so. The dogs are huskies and the cat a stray they rescued.
Whitney reported an incident where she and Misha were playing. The cat, Foster, rushed over and launched himself at Misha’s neck, biting her. Niko then entered the fray, dashing over and grabbing Foster by the neck.
All animals parted ways without bloodshed when Whitney shouted, but the encounter left her a bit anxious as to what was going on with her four legged friends. Usually they cohabited well with little friction, although Misha seemed afraid of Foster and would not pass him when he laid in the hallway.
A common occurrence in households with cats and dogs, yes? Cats seem to dominate the territory. In fact, there is a series of videos on my Facebook page of cats and dogs battling it out over a dog bed. It is worth visiting, if you haven’t seen it—it’s hilarious.
A meditative chat with the animals and channeled guidance about the incident revealed that Foster believes he is alpha of the household. He is remarkably without fear around the huskies who actually are a breed with a significant prey drive, so that is an interesting mindset for a small cat.
He is a bit hesitant around Niko. Misha is leery of Foster and so she is not an issue. Niko, on the other hand, also believes he is alpha and does not view Foster as part of the pack. Therein lies the problem. Who is the alpha? The cat? The dog? No. It should be the human caregivers. The caregivers need to capture the alpha role in order to straighten out the household.
It’s interesting to watch Rescue 911, Cesar Millan’s new TV show, just for the alpha lessons incorporated in his series. While it is true that often the dogs highlighted are more aggressive than perhaps your own, the lessons around alpha status are important ones.
Caregivers often believe that to become alpha, they have to take strong actions and measures against their dogs, but that is untrue. Maintaining the alpha status in their home pack begins when the puppy or dog arrives. It is more about energy and consistent boundaries than it is about negative interactions.
When caregivers are the alpha of the pack, the dog is able to relax and interact appropriately with the family. When the caregiver does not take the alpha status, often the dog’s anxiety increases and challenging behaviours arise, such as growling, biting, frenzied responses to other dogs and people. The simple action of maintaining alpha status and most of those symptoms of anxiety are dissipated. Who wouldn’t want to do that for their four legged fur friends?
Camille is an animal intuitive. She has communicated telepathically with pets and other animals to determine the causes of problem behaviour and emotional distress. Blue Wolf Speaks by Camille, 204-779-8995, Website, Email.