Sick As A Dog? - How Reiki Can Help With Travel Sickness

Reiki calm for pets

Reiki is a long-established, gentle pathway to healing and what makes it extra-special is that we can share its calming properties with our pets.

In our second feature from Rob Fellows, Reiki Master Teacher, we learn how Reiki can be used to help your dog overcome their fear and sickness during car travel

If you’re going on a road trip with your dog this summer, then you’ll want your canine companion to be a happy traveller and not feeling dog ‘ruff’ on the journey!!

Travel sickness is something many dogs suffer from for a variety of reasons: it can be something as simple as having food to close to departure time only to see it ‘return’ soon afterwards, or it can be down to some level of anxiety.


Puppies suffer more from ‘motion sickness’ than older dogs likely because their ears are not fully developed and so the ‘motion’ of the car affects their inner-ear and makes them feel unbalanced. Panic sets in because they can’t control the feeling of nausea and the end result is usually…unpleasant!

Motion sickness in older dogs is generally because they associate the motion of a car with being sick, and this can relate back to that first ‘sickly’ car journey as a puppy. After that first bad experience, every car journey is set to make them anxious and sick. Unsurprisingly…that’s exactly what happens.

Conquering anxiety

Fear of the unknown is how a dog can see their first car journey so there’s good reason to make that first time a relaxed and panic-free experience.

You can plan ahead and introduce your dog to the car several days, maybe weeks, before you plan to take them on a journey: let them sniff around the seats and take in the safe environment and then sit with you while the car is still motionless on the drive.

After two or three ‘visits’ like this to the car maybe start the engine next time so they have heard that noise while feeling safe and secure in their doggy seatbelt with you beside them. If all goes well, try a short journey next time – just around the block, nothing ambitious. If your dog gets anxious then go home, abandon the session and go back a stage the next day. Slowly but surely you will reassure your dog that the car is safe and there’s no need to panic or be anxious.

Rescue with Reiki

Rescue dogs are a story on four-legs and sometimes that story unfolds bit-by-bit and most noticeably when they happen to meet the triggers that unlock anxieties from their past.

Reiki Master Teacher, Rob Fellows, has helped several rescue dogs who have been diagnosed with motion sickness and used Reiki to successfully calm their anxiety, as he explains: “It’s horrid to see the dog shake and panic just because they are in a car but then you have to think how they may have started in life and wonder how scary being in a car, maybe for the first time, can be.

“I’m reminded of a dog I helped a few years ago who wasn’t sick in the car but salivated profusely. And I mean…it was everywhere: slopped all down the windows and gathered in the door pockets next to where the dog was sitting. It was a bit of a gooey mess!”

“Her owner was keen to calm the dog so they could enjoy car journeys together and the little dog could enjoy a new life without any fears or anxiety from the past. We started by sitting in the car and I gave the dog Reiki for about ten minutes …we repeated this three or four times and then with the engine running. All the time the dog was receiving hands-on Reiki to calm her down. When we tried a short journey there was a little bit of dribbling but that eventually stopped. It was amazing to see the dog enjoy trips out in the car – at last!

“It was also extremely rewarding for me to attune the owner to be able to give Reiki to her dog whenever she wanted. This helped to calm the dog all-round and so her life became free of stress and anxiety in every way. What a lovely way to bond with your dog! I really do love my job!”

Travel happy!

Motion sickness is a dog and owner’s worst nightmare, but it can be headed-off with a little pre-planning and practice runs. If you are thinking of using a natural form of healing or a holistic therapy such as Reiki you may want to discuss this with your vet.

How to share Reiki with pets

Becoming attuned to practice Reiki is simply achieved under the direction of a Reiki Master, like International Reiki Master teacher Rob Fellows. After that, the ability to give hands-on Reiki can begin and it’s a gift that will last a lifetime.

To help those who want to want to take-up Reiki to help their pet, Rob has developed a range of options which include a live one-day course or, if preferred, an easy home-study course with Rob as study-buddy. On completion, everyone receives a qualification to give hands-on Reiki to people including themselves as well as their pets.

Follow the links above for more details or visit Rob’s website

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