Probably because he’s blind, Jazz gets a little nervous when there’s a lot of activity in the house. He’s generally laid back, and he’s happy when he’s out in the world with action around him - the park, street fair, beach. But he prefers the home environment calm.

Cesar Millan, the “Dog Whisperer,” talks a lot about the energy that you project. I suspect that Jazz is picking up our energy in the home as stressed - cleaning, packing, rushing out to work. The counselor suggested that I sit down with him and whisper to him, explain what was going on around him, what was going to happen. I found a variation worked better for us: sitting next to him, closing my eyes, and imagining from his blind perspective. For example, if we’re getting ready for a road trip, I imagine bounding out the front door, my paws on the driveway, then being lifted into the car and buckled into a harness, settling down with a treat. I imagine the hum of the engine and the motion of riding along. I think about the smells, the textures and the tastes - not the sights. And not with words.

This seems to work, but not because I think I’m “communicating” with him. Instead, I think it quickly changes my energy and he picks up on that. It’s hard to stay stressed when you’re pretending to be a dog.

We also, as I mentioned before, use Rescue Remedy for him, as a supplemental treatment. It’s still up to us to adjust our energy.

Bach Flower Essences Rescue Remedy Pet

Bach Rescue Remedy Pet (0.35fl oz)