Using crystals on your dog

Have you ever thought about using your crystal collection to help with an aging, stressed, or timid pet? Understanding your pet's energetic needs, and which crystals to select to support them is a great way to help ease your furry BFF.

I used to give my dog reiki on the regular. I would clap my hands, ask her if she wanted to lay down for reiki, and she would immediately roll over onto her back. I remember showing some friends how she would do it - almost like a little party trick, like sit or rollover.

Thankfully, my middle-aged little wiener-pug Rogue is very calm; she's used to having hands placed on her face or paws - places on the body that can stress some dogs out - or the high intensity environment that can come with having young kids. Understanding your pup's behaviour, stresses, and limits is important to choosing your crystals and their placement. Here is a step-by-step guide to the reiki and crystal healing rituals I practice with my pooch.

*Whether you have a level in reiki healing or not, you will still be able to practice this crystal ritual with your pet.

Understanding your dog's energetic needs

You know your dog best: is she anxious? Sore? A prowler? Vocal? Before you can determine which crystals to use with your dog's energy and where to place them, spend some time considering how you can best support your pet. Here are some crystal recommendations based on common concerns:

If you have a nervous or anxious pet, seek out anxiety reducing stones like amethyst, blue lace agate, celestite, selenite or even rose quartz.

If your pet is hyper and high energy, anxiety reducing stones will also work, because they are also calming and soothing stones. Any of the above stones would work to calm a hyper pet.

If your pet is aging or has any particular areas of pain, try working with rose quartz, clear quartz, or polished black tourmaline. Raw tourmaline is brittle and could break off and get tangled in your dogs fur, so use all raw stones with caution.

If you've got a prowler or a runner, try using grounding stones to help your pup feel safe and secure at home, and also to help him focus on protecting the energy of your home. Great stones to work with are smoky quartz and bloodstone.

If your dog has irritable bowls, or vomits frequently, try a calming stone like selenite, and negativity/dis-ease absorbing stones like polished black tourmaline. Selenite is a great stone to purify the aura and this can help for digestion imbalances.

If your dog is very vocal and a barker, try using moonstone directly on her throat to promote calming energy in this energy centre (sunstone to increase vocal energy).

When in doubt, opt for clear quartz. Clear Quartz is the master healer, and it's programmable so you can give it a very specific purpose. Learn how to program it here.

Where to place your crystals on your pup

Always make sure your pup is laying on her back when you're using crystals with her. This is a trusting position for your dog (most dogs will expose their belly when they feel safe), and makes the stones easier to place. It also indicates your dog is feeling more relaxed which makes the whole process more effective.

If your dog is dealing with any areas of pain - sore hips, sore back, some type of surgery - place the appropriate stones (listed above) in the affected area. If your dog has sore hips or a sore back, you can still place the stone on her "belly" since this will radiate through her entire "core". If the injury is in the upper back, you can place the appropriate stone on her chest and it will radiate through the chest/back area.

If your dog is dealing with an irritable bowl, or frequent vomiting, place the appropriate stone on the belly and the throat. For stress or anxiety, do a full body placement in the three areas listed below, but bypass placing on the head, and place the stone directly above the pup's head.

I like to place stones in four primary areas on my dog: her lower belly, her chest, her throat, or her head/top of her nose. Stones are easier to place in these areas (on the head/nose is easier when the dog isn't laying down), and do not seem to irritate or stress the dog. 

If your dog is very stressed, try a full body grid, or have your pup sit upright, and place a small stone where their snout meets their head, and pet your dog calmly. It's imperative to keep your dog as calm and feeling as safe as you are capable to.

**If you're ever unsure where to place the stones on your dog, consider the ailment or support you're trying to offer, and choose the best area based on the four primary placements on your dog: belly, chest, throat, head.

How to prepare your dog for crystal healing

Before you begin, make sure the room you are working in is clean, and have your stones preselected, keeping them close to you while you prepare your dog. Have your pup lay in a comfortable safe place - on the bed, the couch, on a blanket on the floor - whatever you feel comfortable with. Calmly have your dog lay down onto her back, and rub your hands together vigorously to activate the energy in your palms. This is a traditional reiki practice, but works well whether you are offering reiki or not. Once your palms are hot and activated with energy, gently place them on either side of your pup's head, and gently pet her ears or the sides of her head. Coo to your dog, or praise her for laying well.

Call in your guides or even your pet's guides by saying, "I ask my guides to help me support my dog, Rogue, to offer her healing and love with this crystal placement. We do this for the highest good for all concerned."

Carefully and slowly float your hands over your dog's body and aura without touching her. Try to get a sense of her energy and any areas that you sense need energy work. You can also gently place your palm on the four energy centres listed above (one at a time), to warm up the area on your dog and make her feel comfortable.

When you are ready to place stones, carefully and gently place the stone in the appropriate area, while praising your dog and gently petting her to always maintain contact.

How long can your pup lay down for?

Every dog will be different; my dog usually caps out around 10 minutes. In the beginning, it used to be shorter. Be patient with your pup and start small. Like anything else, you can train your dog to become more and more comfortable!

If a stone falls, slowly pick it up, praise/calm your dog (the stone falling can disrupt your dog), and place it back where it was. This may happen a few times, but in the beginning you're simply training your dog to feel comfortable with crystals on her body.

Always touch your pet while you're placing crystals on her, and try not to remove physical contact with her. This will help keep your dog calm. Talking calming also usually helps more dogs feel relaxed and trusting.

Go slow and stay patient! Your pup has to get used to crystal work!

Lastly, use crystal sizes that are appropriate for your dog. Never use large stones that may potentially hurt your pet.