Can animals have trapped emotions? The simple answer is: Animals most certainly can! Think about a dog who cowers from humans or other dogs. Or, a cat that attacks the curtains every time they blow in the wind, which a client’s cat did.
I have two dogs that were rescued as very young puppies. The chocolate lab, Utah, came to us with some pretty frightening behaviors. He was resource possessive, meaning if we came close to him when he was eating or had a favorite toy, he would snarl and snap. If we tried to pet him while he was resting he would growl, snarl and occasionally nip. With lots of behavioral training, these tendencies subsided.
Then we adopted a female Plotte Hound, we named Sammi. Utah totally ignored Sammi at first, even though Sammi would try to interest him in play, or to snuggle up at nap time. Then came the day Utah attacked her. It sounded like he wanted to kill her. Though he never bit her, it was pretty clear Utah didn’t want Sammi invading his space. As you can imagine, this broke my heart. I was not only grieving my dream that my two beloved animals would be life-long playmates and companions for each other, I was afraid for Sammi’s physical and emotional well-being.
After Sammi’s arrival, Utah went from bad to worse. He wanted to dominate everything and everyone. I was the only one who could control him when he “snapped”.
Once I discovered how to test for trapped emotional energies in animals using The Emotion Code, I quickly went to work. Utah had a fairly thick energetic Heart-Wall built to protect his heart from aching and/or breaking. I cleared layer after layer of trapped emotions, including abandonment, rejection, forlorn, anger, resentment, jealousy, shock, guilt, panic, and grief.
When we adopted Utah, we didn’t get a lot of history, but we knew he was separated from his mother and litter mates at around 3 weeks of age due to a flood. Many of the emotions released had been trapped between the age of 3 and 5 weeks, but the emotions of resentment, jealousy, and guilt were all trapped after Sammi joined the family.
Sammi, who was displaying more and more symptoms of anxiety and nervousness, also had a multitude of trapped emotions, including insecurity, anxiety, panic, terror, conflict, hatred and resentment. No history was given as to why Sammi needed rescuing, but she was in a shelter from the age of 5 to 14 weeks when we adopted her.
Since doing this work with my animals, our pack has changed dramatically. Utah is mostly laid back (for his age and breed) and loving. He has lost all signs of aggressive behavior and we can now pet him whenever we want, including while he’s eating. Sammi loves to hunt with her adopted brother and pretty much follows him everywhere. She no longer cowers with ears pinned back when Utah approaches. All these changes happened in less than a month’s time.
It’s not fair to say that animals experience emotions the way humans do, but what is crystal clear to me now is animals can trap emotional energy. This energy can expresses itself in behavior, as well as physical and emotional pain and dis-ease, just like with humans.