Do Dogs Have Chakras?
Dogs have energy points in their bodies called chakras. Just like us, dogs’ chakras correspond with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual matters. Subtle imbalances can lead to illness or behavioural issues, while strong, balanced chakras attract good health, joy and help our dogs achieve their soul’s purpose.
It’s important to keep a dog’s chakras healthy through good nutrition, activity, love and energy therapies like Reiki.
What are Chakras?
Chakras are centres of energy that are present in the bodies of all living beings, including dogs. Chakras (from the Sanskrit “cakra” translating to “wheel”) were first identified in the ancient Vedic texts of spiritual wisdom in India.
Visualize chakras as spinning wheels that run along the spine from the bottom of the tailbone to the top of the head. Each chakra corresponds with a part of the body, including certain organs, nerves and even emotional, developmental and spiritual matters. Each chakra is also associated with a unique colour and sound.
It is generally agreed that people have seven major chakras, however there are at least 114 chakras that are understood by advanced spiritual masters and chakra practitioners. Dogs actually have several major chakra points! But, before we talk about the dog chakras, we should understand why chakras matter.
The Purpose of Chakras
Chakras store energy. Not just the energy we need to function, but the very life force energy of our thoughts, feelings, memories, experiences and actions. This stored energy is affected by our past, manifests our present and influences our future. These energy centres continuously interact with other people, animals and our environment and can contribute to achieving our soul’s purpose.
The beautiful thing about chakras is that they are in constant movement. If we attend to their energies, chakras can attract perfect health, joy and abundance into our lives. With neglect or abuse, they become imbalanced, weak or overpowering. Any of these states can manifest in dis-ease and discontent.
Why Do Chakras Need to Be Balanced?
Just like the wheels on a car, chakras need to be balanced in order to sustain our safety, health and well-being. What happens when we drive a car whose wheels are out of alignment? We begin to feel subtle vibrations that get worse, eventually leading to premature wear and tear that can pull us off course. Balanced chakras help keep us straight on course to meet our life’s purpose with joy and well-being.
Balanced Chakras: Good Health and Well-Being
Healthy chakras are open, spin freely, are perfectly aligned and radiate beautiful colours. Healthy chakras support the optimal function of body, mind and spirit. When our chakras are open, spinning and colourful, we feel safe, creative, loving, connected, compassionate, intuitive and enlightened. We are without physical, emotional or spiritual dis-ease.
Balanced chakras can help our dogs achieve their soul’s purpose.
Imbalanced Chakras: Challenges and Dis-Ease
The finely tuned energies of each chakra try to spin freely and balance the area it is responsible for, however it can slow down, speed up, or spin randomly leading us to feel “out of sorts” or imbalanced. Subtle energetic changes – if not corrected – can lead to cellular changes, “dis-ease” and illness.
What Causes Imbalanced Chakras?
The most common reasons chakras become imbalanced are:
- poor diet
- insufficient rest
When one chakra becomes imbalanced, the other chakras come to the aid of the imbalanced one, and work harder by pulling energy to and from each other. This change to the chakra system contributes to an overall state of disharmony. Like a car with misaligned wheels, the car – and our chakras – can eventually run off the road.
Each chakra is associated with its own types of physical and emotional manifestations. For example, low back pain, reproductive disorders and creative blocks are associated with the sacral chakra. Anxiety, psychosis, narrow-mindedness, migraine, epilepsy and spiritual distress are associated with the crown chakra.
But let’s get to our beloved dogs and their chakras.
Primary (Major) Dog Chakras
Located near the base of the spine, just above the tale, the root chakra truly is the “seat” of safety, security and feeling grounded. Associated with the colour red, dogs with a healthy root chakra are confident, secure and trust their family. They have reasonable territorial boundaries and are flexible in taking their appropriate place in the pack. Root chakra manages the blood, immune system, reproductive system and legs.
Rescue dogs often have imbalanced root chakras.
Dogs with Root Chakra Issues
A dog’s root chakra is likely imbalanced if a dog:
- is nervous
- is fearful
- guards food and toys
- is unable to tolerate change
- is viewed as disobedient
- sits on you (excessively)
- has over the top “fight-flight-freeze” responses
- has disorders involving the blood, legs, reproductive system or immune system
Root chakra imbalances are occasionally seen with dogs who have been bred or neutered too early. Root chakra issues are common with rescue dogs who have endured trauma.
Situated in the lower belly, the sacral chakra is associated with stomach, intestines, bladder, hips and lower back. It also resonates with the colour orange and illuminates the emotional health of your Fur Soul. Is your pup affectionate and loving? Guarded and shy?
Dogs with Sacral Chakra Issues
A dog’s sacral chakra may be imbalanced if he:
- is needy
- is overly attached
- has separation anxiety
- seems hyperactive
- seems willful or demanding
- has frequent urinary tract infections
- has hip dysplasia
- has lower spine issues
- has stomach or digestive issues (gut issues may be the source of allergies, food intolerances, hot spots, frequent infections)
Solar Plexus Chakra
Oh the bright beaming light of the sun! The life of the party! Yellow is the frequency of light that glows from the solar plexus, located in a dog’s chest. An open solar plexus chakra reflects positive self-esteem and self-worth (just like us, our dogs can have confidence issues).
A balanced dog is the sunny life of the party who gets along well with all beings, because he is confident with his place in any pack.
Dogs with Solar Plexus Issues
Dogs whose solar plexus energies are out of balance:
- may cower, run away or allow himself to be bullied into fear aggression when around other dogs
- may be “the one” at the dog park who is bossy, aggressive, intimidating and overly dominant
- may suffer with diseases of the liver, kidney, spleen and adrenals
Competitive show dogs benefit from Reiki and crystals directed toward the solar plexus chakra.
Dogs with a balanced heart chakra radiate emerald green loving energy. Pink is also associated with the heart chakra, and represents inner self-love and peace.
Rescue dogs often have imbalanced heart chakras due to trauma and mistrust.
Has your heart ever been broken? Then you can relate to the fear, mistrust and aloofness that can accompany dogs with an under-active heart chakra.
Dogs with Heart Chakra Issues
A fair number of rescue dogs have heart chakra imbalances and it can take some work to forge a secure bond and release trauma.
Your dog may need help balancing his heart chakra if he:
- is jealous or envious
- is anxious or grieves for a long time
- shows fear-based aggression
- doesn’t trust others
- has health conditions associated with the heart, lungs and breathing
My lovely Fur Child Dudley used to greet us every morning with a loud howl! And anytime we were late with the walks, meals or came home from a vacation without him, we’d get a long, loud “WOOOOOOOOOO!” Dudley had an expressive and delightfully open throat chakra! It allowed him to express himself and connect with others through his voice.
Sky blue throat chakra is located exactly where you think it is – on the throat just under the jaw.
Dogs with Throat Chakras Imbalances
Your dog may have a throat chakra imbalance if he:
- barks excessively
- is timid, unsure and awkward
- appears frustrated with not being able to communicate his needs
- has a thyroid disorder, vocal changes or dis-eases of the mouth
Communication is the primary issue with an imbalanced throat chakra.
Take care of your dog’s throat chakra by checking to see that collars and tags are clean, not too heavy and if you use crystal pet charms, make sure you cleanse them regularly with salt and recharge crystals in direct sunlight and moonlight.
Third Eye Chakra
Typically described as the window to the soul and other worlds, the third eye chakra is located between the two eyes and enables dogs to live a full and happy life. Dogs who have an open third eye chakra will show their unique personality, make decisions, and have a healthy sense of dependence and independence (think – running off leash through the forest to explore and then coming back to check in on you). A healthy third eye chakra will allow a dog to act on powerful instincts, and is essential for police and therapy dogs.
Dogs with Third Eye Chakra Issues
Imbalances may show themselves in dogs who:
- are self-preoccupied
- are dependent on others
- are highly distracted
- have vision problems or other conditions associated with the eyes, nose, brain and pineal gland
Third eye chakra is associated with the colour indigo.
A healthy third eye chakra is essential to guide the powerful instincts of police and therapy dogs.
The “halo” of our Fur Angels shines a vivid violet colour when balanced. The wisdom of the universe resides in the crown and those of us who have had the honour of knowing a wise old dog will appreciate the commanding power of this chakra. The crown is your dog’s connection to the spirit world. Your dog’s soul connects to his life purpose and the soul contract he has with you.
Dogs with an Imbalanced Crown Chakra
Do you have a little Fur Soul that doesn’t like being patted on the head? A worry wart? A pup who seems lost among people and dogs at the dog park? They may need to reconnect to their inner wisdom and spiritual dimension.
Disorders of the head or inner brain, depression and extreme sensitivity to touch are also signs of an imbalanced crown chakra.
The crown chakra becomes highly activated in dogs who are approaching their time to transition into spirit. When supporting a dog during euthanasia, we focus Reiki energy, essential oils and sound healing on their crown chakra to promote a peaceful transition.
Secondary (Minor) Dog Chakras
One of the unique features of dogs is that they have additional (minor) chakras that are concentrated in areas that receive intense sensations and information – namely, their noses, ears, paws and tail.
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This silver blue-coloured chakra brings in and analyzes so much information! Sometime referred to as the “sensing chakra”, the nose chakra is always working and analyzing scents of people, animals, chemicals, flowers, weather, wind and potential threats.
Dogs with an Unhealthy Nose Chakra
An unhealthy chakra may show itself in dogs:
- with a dry, flaked nose
- who excessively jam their nose into people and things to get a whiff
One of the most exquisite characteristics of a dog is his hearing. Whether your dog has perked, floppy, small or large ears, these sense organs alert to the millions of frequencies in the sound spectrum, and yes – he knows the sound of your car a block away!
Does Your Dog Have an Imbalanced Ear Chakra?
Imbalanced ear chakras may show themselves in:
- frequent ear infections
- excessive scratching
- hearing loss
- temporal lobe seizures
Paws are a force of nature! Powerful enough to dig through the dirt, run for miles yet gentle enough to caress a baby’s skin.
Why do we teach our dogs to “shake a paw”? Perhaps it’s to feel that deep connection when we hold the paws of our Fur Souls in our own hands. Since we also have hand chakras, hand to paw contact is actually the closest you can get to exchanging chakra energies with your fur baby!
Healthy paw chakras allow unhelpful or negative energies to depart from paws into the earth (yes – digging can be therapeutic!). Paws are a necessary connection to the grounding qualities of the earth and its harmonic energy. Long nails and rough pads can be the start of toxic build-up where there is no means of releasing them back into earth. Make sure those apartment dogs get plenty of earth between their toes.
Have a muddy, dirt digging Fur Soul? Laugh and be grateful that they are healing themselves with the earth (and join them)!
It’s no wonder that a wagging tail (or a wiggling butt) brings so much joy to us! As an energetic connection between the root and crown chakra, the tail (or butt) shows balance, security and conveys messaging from all chakras. The tail (or wiggly bum) helps to clear unwanted energies, and connects the root and crown chakras. Noting the position of a dog’s tail is vital in behavioural analysis. The tail tells tales!
How Can I Balance My Dog’s Chakras?
You can help to balance your dog’s chakras through:
Be kind to all living beings. Respect the earth we share.