Reiki For Dogs Book Review and Giveaway

Reiki is a healing practice that harnesses and transfers universal energy to promote calmness and healing. In the hospital where I volunteer, Reiki is one of the most popular complementary therapies offered to patients through the volunteer office and we see many satisfied Reiki customers in the cancer center when making our therapy dog rounds.

I recently received a copy of a new book by dog lover and Reiki expert Kathleen Prasad, titled Reiki for Dogs: Using Spiritual Energy to Heal and Vitalize Man’s Best Friend. This fascinating book shares tips on understanding Reiki and facilitating a healing flow of energy between you and the animals in your life, including your favorite pup.

Learning to share Reiki with your dog will help foster the bond you share. Prasad argues that dogs are tuned into life’s energy better than their human counterparts, not experiencing conflicting or complicated emotions. In this sense, Reiki becomes totally Fit As Fido, as you learn from your dog, while sharing positive energy back. To do Reiki with your dog, you need to develop a calm and open spirit and connection with Nature, and exercises are provided to help you do this.

Prasad offers practical tips, like starting each day by opening yourself to healing opportunities, meditating for 5-10 minutes on animals in need in your life. She provides instructions for specific techniques you might use to get started:

    - Visualization techniques
    - Self-healing techniques
    - Meditation
    - Affirmations
    - Rainbow heart connections for when struggling with particularly difficult or painful situations

Her techniques are designed to help open you to possibilities from Reiki, get you started in Reiki, begin healing in yourself and your dog, and decrease stress.

When offering Reiki to your pet, Prasad give specific guidelines for positive encounters, teaching you how to recognize when your dog is accepting Reiki, giving examples of different forms of connections that different animals might prefer, sensing when your dog is settling into Reiki, and, perhaps most importantly, noticing when your dog is ready for the Reiki session to end as he becomes more active and alert. Reiki with your dog becomes a sensing and learning process as you tune into your dog and his signals.

Prasad also provides a wealth of helpful case histories to get you inspired. My favorite was the story of an Akita named Kaci, taken to a shelter after she had spent 6 years living tied to a tree. Kaci was soon adopted, but returned to the shelter after a couple of months. Kaci soon became despondent–refusing to eat, howling, and looking miserable. Working with a Reiki therapist, Kaci began to experience healing, becoming relaxed, engaged, and hopeful. Her therapist felt Kaci regained her positive spirit, which made her open to another try at adoption. And this time, the adoption was successful.

If you’ve every wondered what Reiki’s all about and think you might be interested in learning about Reiki to help you and your dog, leave a comment after this blog. I’ll be giving away one free copy of Reiki For Dogs to one person randomly selected from those leaving comments between today and the end of day Friday.

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11 Responses to “Reiki For Dogs Book Review and Giveaway”
  1. Patti R
    07.04.2012

    I’ve been practicing Reiki on animals for years. I run an animal welfare organization and animal hospice and it’s great to have this alternative therapy available to the animals; it particularly helps animals as they pass on. I highly recommend people to check out a Reiki practitioner for animals if they are looking for complementary therapies or just a different type of therapeutic experience. Some animals in my care have responded to Reiki as pain management better than the Western pain management drugs, but it just depends on the animal. Thanks for sharing info on Reiki!

  2. Carolyn Larson
    07.04.2012

    I would love to read this book, and will buy it if I am not selected as the winner. I do have the Reiki attunements and have tried/given it to my dog and cats, but am looking forward to this information from the expert.

  3. Danielle Hudson
    07.04.2012

    Reiki is a powerful tool when helping animals. One of the best things about Reiki is that when you give Reiki you get Reiki. But when doing any kind of Reiki make sure you clear, ground and protect yourself because you can transfer your “junk” to the animal or you could pick up their “junk”.
    Animal Reiki is a beautiful transformation to watch in the animals and owners!
    Also, depending on the the animals specific issues, using flower essences in combination with Reiki can really help!
    Reiki is always a beautiful gift!

  4. Ann T
    07.04.2012

    This book sounds so interesting. I am always on the lookout for Reiki for animals books.

  5. Barbara Laricos
    07.04.2012

    I am excited to hear about this book and can’t wait to read it!

  6. sharon oswald
    07.04.2012

    kathleen is an amazing woman, and i hope to learn as much as i can to use on our local shelter animals, and my own!

  7. Sarah
    07.04.2012

    Kathleen is wonderful. I am an Advanced Reiki Practitioner with a special certification in Animal Reiki. I have her “Animal Reiki” book and refer to it all the time, so I’m sure the new book is great.

  8. Cindy Chavez
    07.05.2012

    I have been told that Reiki would help my Springer Spaniel. My grandson has a Service Dog named Duke that this would be very helpful for. Thank You Dawn for always keeping us informed of new books.

  9. Congratulations Sarah — you’re my lucky winner! Happy reading and Reiki!

  10. Keith Devery
    11.17.2012

    My father practices reiki as part of a normal health routine and it is quite good in reducing stress. ^

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  11. Saundra Ornelaz
    03.30.2013

    Reiki is an early form of energy healing in which a participant serves as a channel for Universal Life Force. The Reiki participant opens himself/herself as a channel for an energy that comes from a higher source to aid healing or correct a person’s aura. This is believed to be beneficial for the body, mind, and soul or the Indian system called chakra..

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