THE HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND
Thank you for joining us on Healing From Within as our host Sheryl Glick
author of The Living Spirit Answers for Healing and Infinite Love
welcomes Dr. Kac Young a return guest to the show and author of her
newest book The supposedly Enlightened Person’s Guide to Raising a Dog.
Caring for a pet most especially a dog requires good people and
parenting skills as you are dealing with the personality and needs of a
living entity which should be done with affection compassion and
For listeners who would like to hear the last interview Dr. Young and
Sheryl recorded go to the radio page of Sheryl’s website
www.sherylglick.com and Click on 2017 and see the “Special Edition” in
December titled “Essential Healing Oils Support Physical Emotional and
As listeners of “Healing From Within” are well aware Sheryl and her
guests share intimate sometimes unusual remembrances or events in order
to further understand the human and universal connection to life in all
aspects and to discover how to manifest and create health prosperity and
happiness through understanding and applying Universal Laws of Energy.
In today’s episode of “Healing From Within” Dr. Kac Young a producer
writer and director in the Hollywood television industry merges
creativity and imagination with science and spirituality. She has earned
a PhD in Natural health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy. Dr. Young helps
clients with behavior modification, stress reduction, past life
regression, and phobia management and is the author of 15 books. She is
also a former pilot of private airplanes and is working on a black belt
in Aikido. She is a certified Medical Qigong instructor. Dr Young is
indeed like Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, a Vitruvian Woman, accomplished
and worldly. She is active on behalf of animal rights and we will
discuss how a dog’s personality and behavior mirrors our own, and how we
can strengthen love not only between us and our canine, but others as
Kac shares with us how her love for animals began when she was only nine
years old and that as an adult she had six cats to care for before she
was guided to become the guardian of a dog named Talulah. Previously to
adopting Talulah she had met through professional interactions the Co-
author of what was to become The (supposedly) Enlightened Person’s Guide
to Raising a Dog. Lisa Tenzin –Dolma who is the founder and principal of
The International School for Canine Psychology and Behavior and Kac come
from very different perspectives as Kac is a confessed cat person and
first time dog adopter. Kac tells us how at a fair one day she saw a
group of people with a table with Rescue animals that needed to be
adopted. Upon looking into Talulah’s eyes Kac felt a special connection
and did everything under heaven and earth to facilitate that she would
be able to take Talulah home with her. Knowing little about dog care, as
it is more demanding than caring for a cat, she called on the expert
advice from her friend Lisa in England and they decided to write a book
that would help owners of dogs appreciate the immense responsibility of
caring for a dog and encouraging that dog’s spiritual journey as well.
Kac tells us this is the book for an enlightened compassionate and
kindness based dog raising and training. She thinks many people are
probably unaware of what wonderful teachers and mirrors a dog can be and
how we really should relate to them, for our own health and development
as well as for theirs.
Sheryl tells Kac that her request to discuss this book on “Healing From
Within” came in around the same time that Sheryl’s daughter was adopting
her first dog and both Sheryl and her children had little understanding
of the complexity of caring for a dog. Stacey, Sheryl’s daughter took
home a five week old puppy and as Kac tells us puppies can be more
challenging in teaching them house rules toilet training and moving pass
the anxiety of separation from their parent and litter. Sheryl as an
intuitive energy practitioner could sense little Rocky was anxious and
went to share some Reiki healing energy…the puppy immediately lifted his
head straight up eyes wide like a jolt of lightning had hit him and then
he quieted down and relaxed. In a few weeks when Sheryl visited again
and went to give him a Reiki touch he bowed his head in appreciation and
Dr. Kac Young suggests that it is important to do some preparation in
deciding how to find the right dog for you and it can be complicated. We
all have different lifestyles so if you’re active and want a walking or
running companion an energetic dog would be a better match than a couch
potato who wants to sleep most of the time.
Think about why you want a dog…. A dog to snuggle or a dog who will grow
up with your children…a dog you can teach tricks to or what about a
working dog to carry out specific tasks.
How about your lifestyle? Are you immensely sociable love going out with
friends and having visitors? In that case your dog should be one who
enjoys lots going on. Are you quiet and reserved and prefer to stretch
out on the couch to relax read a book or spot of television. A chilled
out canine would be ideal for that.
What age should the dog be? Puppies are great fun of course and you can
shape the to an extent as they grow up but they can also be hard work as
you need to teach them house manners and ease them through the tricky
adolescent stage when dogs like teenagers tend to test boundaries. If
you buy an animal from a breeder make sure the pup has had the best
possible start in life. Older animals usually have learned house manners
and tend to settle in well but may come with baggage from difficult
pasts so it is important to gather as much information as possible
Research dog breeds. All dogs have unique personalities but certain
traits are predominant in certain breeds. Knowing as much about the
breed of mix can insure the dog will be a good fit with your home and
The main points to look for are—General temperament Activity levels
Trainability and sociability with people and other dogs.
Ask questions Does he have any know issues such as pulling on the lease,
fear aggression or food guarding. Does he enjoy being stroked or is he
aloof, preferring to receive affection on his terms?
Pet Insurance. Medical costs tend to be high especially if your dog
needs x-ray surgery of long term medication.
Settling In Important to give your time to find her way around and get
to know you and the new home. Nothing creates more stress at an already
scary time than being surrounded by lots of strangers. Avoid pressure on
her to interact and allow her to choose when to come to you for a
stroke. Reward all desirable behaviors with a treat. If she’s doing
something you don’t like please avoid chastising her and kindly call her
away and give her something appropriate to chew on.
Teaching dog her name. Call her name from across the room and from other
rooms Reward her each time she comes to you. Keep your tone of voice
light and happy.
Toilet training… Should be started right away. If you have a yard take
her on leash and if she performs give her a treat. Give her times to
explore and find her spots. Indoors be on the alert for any signs that
she needs to go…sniffing circling looking restless and immediately act
on this. Toilet training is easy if you’re calm and consistent …Refrain
from getting upset if she has an accident quietly clean up If you’re
upset she’s likely to get anxious and look for places to hide.
Dr. Young with descriptive photos and important tips on basic everyday
issues for your new pet has chapters on a trip to your Veterinarian,
selecting a responsible grooming establishment, walking your dog and
meeting other dogs, proper nutrition and recognizing health issues and
ways to make a car trip easier on our dog.
Some dogs have trouble getting used to being in a car and there are ways
to make this process easier. While some dogs love riding in cars, others
find travelling horribly uncomfortable. If your dog is an anxious
traveler it could be due to motion nausea and of course she won’t
understand why the world is passing at a frightenly blurry speed while
she’s being shaken and stirred by bumps and turns in the road. One way
to relieve this is to cover the dog crate with a large cloth or sheet so
she can’t see all that is going on. You can also try putting a stuffed
toy and a Kong filled with light tasty nibbles to keep her happily
occupied. It should be tiny treats so the dog doesn’t choke. Bach flower
remedies can help. Scleranthus can help to relieve motion sickness. Just
add 2 drops of each to food and water twice daily before the long trip.
You can put a drop on your finger and stroke it onto the top of the
dog’s head. Some dogs simply associate being in a car with feeling
uncomfortable. Like humans dogs can remember a difficult experience and
be traumatized. Over time trauma can lead to health and emotional issues
so we want to try to be thoughtful and act in the best interest of the
animal at all times.
Kac tells us for safety some dogs simply must be on a lease. Talulah her
dog has a mind of her own and a will of steel and will pull and be wild
on the walk even when on a lease. Most dogs given the opportunity will
race off to explore the world. This is not surprising. Dogs have to live
by our rules. They’re confined in the home and when they do go out for
walks they’re often restrained from roaming because they are on a leash.
Life can be boring to them if we don’t make sure to provide adequate
mental as well as physical stimulation and the outside world is an
exciting place. So how can you train your dog to return to you? You can
use extra tasty food rewards every time she comes when you call her
name. A game with a tug toy or ball can do the trick. Teaching recall
begins at home. Use a long training leash when you go out and practice
letting her move away to sniff and then periodically call her back to
get her reward.Your dog will be more inclined to walk alongside you if
there’s a reward in it for her.
The relationship you want to build with our dogs is one of trust and
mutual affection: once this has developed through using kind force free
methods and an understanding of dog behavior our dogs feel relaxed and
comfortable around us and given clear instructions will choose to do as
It can be uncomfortable unnerving and sometimes downright scary to be
forced into a position of having to protect our dogs. But we are our
dog’s guardians and champions and it’s our responsibility to keep them
safe as well as others in the environment too. Some dogs love the
company of canine fiends while others become anxious and scared if a
strange dog comes over to say hello. Social development skills begin in
infancy via interaction with littermates and introduction to new stimuli
noises and attention from visiting humans. Negative experiences with
other dogs such as being bowled over or attacked can lead to lifelong
fear issues so it’s vital to protect puppies when they first meet other
Canine body language is a complex and fascinating subject and it’s a
dogs primary mode of communication. It’s important for all dog guardians
to take the time to learn at least the basics.
You can then tell when your dog is happy worried afraid angry sad and
take steps to help her.
Approached by a bouncy dog or one whose intentions seem unfriendly may
cause your dog to cringe, bark growl lunge or even attack.
Some owners are busy texting or chatting and their dogs may be off their
leash. Back off signals may be ignored..
Signals are retreating, leaning back, dipping is head, lowering body,
widening his eyes, flattening his ears raising his hackles, or stepping
forward and lunging, jumping up or barking…all this shows he needs space
and if he turns his head and looks distressed he doesn’t want to be held
OTHER BACK OFF SIGNALS When a dog is anxious about interacting she may
display a number of signals even if she doesn’t make a sound
turning the head sideways
lowering the body and tail
closing the mouth
pinning back the ears
showing the whites of the eyes whole eye
As we humans are multidimensional beings mind body and spirit, our dogs
are multifaceted beings and may require more training and discipline
than a new dog owner can provide. Talulah went to school and worked with
a trainer. It is important to find a respected canine behaviorist and
trainer as some may use abusive methods. It is important for the dogs
human caretakers to attend classes so they may observe and use the same
technique at home and consistently.
The trainer began with a simple “Sit” cue followed by a treat. Tululah
mastered “Sit” very well. The next command was “Down” with paws
outstretched. Down was a bit of a challenge. The subsequent five
training sessions consisted of the trainer training us and our dog in
the area of the cue….. execution…. Reward…. and patience for the number
of repetitions it might require for Talulah to connect the sequence of
action and behavior with reward. In the next set of lessons we learned
more about Wait, near sliding glass door or automatic doors. We learned
to stay on curbs and we learned to stay down and not jump up. We learned
to get down from furniture or places of danger. I learned the way a dog
thinks as well as insight into my role as a gentle guardian-rather than
a drill sergeant of my ward. Does the trainer use only force-free
science based methods of a mixture of aversive punishment discipline and
force free methods. If you feel your dog is being subjected to unkind
treatment Walk Out.
We can make a visit to the Vet or groomer easier for our dog.
Veterinary clinics called surgeries in the UK can be stressful places
for dogs Vet clinics are filled with strange smells perhaps like a
hospital or doctors office for humans.
Giving your dog a chance to explore and observe can help her relax.
Ask for recommendations when looking for a Veterinarian and intuit which
you feel would be best.
Keep the first visit brief and casual.
Take treats or a toy as a distraction and reward.
If your dog is very fearful a home visit might be in order.
Complementary therapies can help nervous dogs…Reiki???
As for finding a groomer there are some suggestions also.
Get recommendations Then take your dog to the groomer before booking the
appointment and see how the groomer interacts with her.. Most groomers
are dedicated to their work but not all. LOOK FOR – A groomer who is a
member of a recognized organization such as the National Dog Groomers
Association of America. Does the groomer have any dog behavior
qualifications. As an understanding of dog body language and behavior
means that the groomer will pay attention to your dog’s emotional state.
Are the dogs placed on tables with hanging collars…DANGEROUS… If not
supervised every moment WALK AWAY. Are heated cages used. Ask for cool
air to be filtered instead of hot air as it reduces risk of suffocation.
If your dog is nervous and groomer suggests giving light sedation WALK
AWAY Only the Vet should recommend Medication
Some foods that are toxic for dogs…Chocolate grapes currants raisins
nuts onions mushrooms hops salty foods yeast dough, uncooked Raw fish
Fish with bones Cooked meat bones especially chicken which might
splinter milk tea coffee anything with caffeine alcohol
How to Spot a Food Intolerance Symptoms include
Excessive scratching and itchiness especially soon after eating but can
An itch rear end-check for worms in this case-
An upset tummy diarrhea or vomiting, flatulence
Excessive face and muzzle rubbing after eating.
Dogs like people are emotional and can develop fears that lead to
illness. Kindness training, consistency, and time love and affection are
necessary for the dog to develop and reach their full potential. As we
know dogs communicate primarily through body language. it’s important
for we humans to “speak dog” so that we can decipher what our funny
friends are saying…. You’ll start to notice these and recognize how each
area of your dog’s body is involved in expressing the emotions being
The (supposedly) Enlightened Person’s Guide to Raising a Dog is a
wonderfully detailed guide with beautiful pictures and loaded with
practical helpful information to understand the language emotional state
and needs of your dog so you can help him develop into the loving and
compassionate companion so well fitted with your family. For more
information and to purchase this book that every dog owner should have
go to In summarizing today’s episode of Healing From Within we have seen
how it is important to prepare well for bringing a dog into your home
and life and like having children there is much to learn in order to be
the guardian of a living entity and to treat a child or pet for the
unique beings they are. With consistency and patience helping your pet
to feel respected and loved and properly teaching them to have good
house manners, toilet training skills, successfully going in a car or
visiting a veterinarian groomer, are all done with knowledge and effort,
asking questions and for help when needed, and knowing the language and
behaviors of dogs so you can act appropriately in all situations.
Dr. Young wrote “ Impulse control is hard for dogs. They have to be
taught to wait for good things(we have to teach this to our children
too).Sometimes we react without thinking. A shout or sudden movement can
startle a dog, so one of the many things we dog guardians can learn
through the special relationship is to monitor our own emotional states
and responses and consider how these affect those around us human and
canine. It’s a horrid feeling when a beloved dog looks and acts as if
his world is falling apart which it is when we’re angry with him.”
Kac and Sheryl would have you remember that nothing in life is a
coincidence nor random and if you choose to have a family or adopt a dog
cat or other pet there is much to be learned from that choice and the
experience that follows. Hopefully clearer views of love and compassion
will be a big part of that special journey.