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Ask Your Pet

by Jennifer Dickman

Dear Jennifer,

My dog, Pludo, is a 4 year-old golden retriever. He’s generally a good dog, but he’s extremely hyper. He runs around the house at such high speed that he’s literally slid into walls and made holes in them. Why is he doing this? What can I do to calm him down?



Dear Leigh,

When I connect with Pludo, what I feel from him is joy. He’s like a ray of light – joyful, exuberant, happy to be alive and part of your family. He says he knows he overdoes it sometimes, but he’s just becomes so happy to see people or over-excited by what he’s doing. It’s like Pludo becomes so focused on playing, running to greet someone, whatever it is, that he forgets about everything else, even his surroundings.

So, there really is no complicated “why” to explain Pludo’s behavior. He’s just over-exuberant at times, and loses focus on things beyond the task at hand. Usually, the task at hand is giving love or having fun, so it’s easy for him to become extremely excited about those things.

It’s a pleasure to be communicating with a dog who is so happy, especially since I often work with animals in the opposite situation. There are things you can do with Pludo to help him control himself a little better without diminishing his joy. One thing would just be to give him very gentle reminders, in a loving voice. For example, if he’s running too close to a wall, just a kindly-voiced, “Pludo, don’t forget the wall is close,” will help bring his surroundings back into his consciousness. And, of course, plenty of outdoor play will help burn off some energy. But, his spirit is so full of life, almost over the top full, that I think these incidents will happen sometimes, even if he is getting adequate outdoor playtime.

The “Grounding” formula from www.GreenHopeEssences.com might be helpful for Pludo, just to focus his energy a bit better. It’s not in their animal collection, but can be found using their search box. Their “Arbor Garden” formula might also be helpful for him. But, I don’t think either of these are truly necessary. One of the great things about Pludo is that he really loves to please. So, gentle reminders and praise should work very well for him.


Jennifer Dickman

Jennifer Dickman is an Animal Communicator, Reiki Master-Teacher specializing in Animal

Reiki, and Intuitive Counselor. She conducts phone and email sessions worldwide. She may be

contacted at Jennifer_Dickman@ymail.com , or through her website,

www.JenniferDickman.com , where her MP3s “Journey to Contact Your Animals in Spirit” and

“Deep Relaxation” are also for sale. To subscribe to Jennifer’s newsletter and receive a free

copy of her essay, “Five Things Your Cat or Dog Wants You to Know” please email Jennifer

with the word “Newsletter” in the subject line.

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