Dosage and Frequency:
Dosage: For medium to large sized dogs, one dose is 3-4 drops, or 1-2 sprays of the formula. (Very small dogs can have 2 drops; very large dogs 4 drops or 3 sprays.)
- In acute situations, where the negative behavior or emotional state is brought on severely and/or suddenly: repeat doses as needed; three doses spaced 3-5 minutes apart are often sufficient.
- For chronic/ongoing behavior, that occurs all the time, most of the time, or regularly: give 3-4 times daily, at around the same time each day. When starting your dog on flower essences, it can be helpful to give a formula more often per day during the first week or two, tapering off to 3-4 times a day after that. Please note that dogs with very serious and/or deep-seated issues may need to continue at a higher dose frequency over a longer period of time. (Number of drops or sprays given per dose should remain the same, however. Greater quantity per dose won't hurt, but it won't speed the process.)
Administering the Formula:
Before giving each dose, shake the bottle vigorously in a vertical (top to bottom) direction. Be matter of fact when administering the formula. Most animals will take their cue from you, and will accept it easily if you project a positive attitude. Flower essences are typically given directly into the mouth. You can gently open your dog’s mouth and give the drops or lift his lip and drip or spray the formula onto the gums. If your dog is not comfortable taking the formula by mouth, simply apply her dose onto a treat or snack she enjoys, mix with her regular meal, and/or add it to her water. Another option is to put some formula on your finger and rub it into your dog’s gums, or mist/rub it around her head. Choose a method of administration that is comfortable for you and your dog.
Storing and Handling the Formulas:
- Flower essences work through vibrational energy and, as such, should be considered fairly delicate. It’s recommended that you store them out of direct sunlight, and away from heat and strong energy sources.
- The formulas do not require refrigeration if care is taken to keep the contents "clean". When administering the formula, avoid touching the dropper tip to outside surfaces like food, your dog’s mouth, etc, as this will not only shorten the shelf life of the formula through the introduction of contaminants, but may affect its energetic effectiveness, as well. If you do touch the dropper to a surface to a clean surface, rinse well with purified or spring water before replacing it in the bottle. If you touch the dropper to a surface with "gunk" (potential sources of bacteria, such as food, the dog's mouth, the floor, etc), wash with dish soap and water, then rinse well with purified or spring water before replacing it in the bottle.
What to Expect:
- Because every animal is unique, and because it is impossible to know how deep-seated the behavior is, you may or may not see an immediate result from the formula. A typical time frame to begin to see results is within 3-5 days. It is certainly possible to see dramatic results in minutes, but it’s just as likely to take a couple weeks to see much change at all. Be patient - every individual tends to incorporate the changes at their own pace.
- While flower essences are not sedative in any way, and will not make your dog act “dopey”, it's not unusual to see a noticeable relaxation response within minutes of the first dose.
- Flower essence formulas have no harmful side effects. If an essence within the formula is not the right one for your dog, then you simply will not see that aspect of behavior affected.
- Flower essences work subtly, under the surface, balancing out-of-balance emotional states. They will not artificially manipulate your dog’s personality, or change his attitude or behavior in ways that aren’t natural for him. Look, instead, for noticeable shifts (sometimes subtle, sometimes very obvious) in your dog’s attitude in situations that previously had caused stress or a particular negative reaction. Assuming the appropriate combination of essences (i.e. formula) has been chosen, you should see a progressive reduction in intensity, frequency, duration, and/or tenacity of the negative reaction.
- Keep your dog on the formula for as long as you continue to see regular progress. Once your dog’s behavior improvements have leveled out, you can begin to reduce the frequency given. If your dog backslides, return to the previous successful frequency. If he maintains the improved behavior, continue to reduce the frequency until you’re able to discontinue the formula. The timeframe for this is highly individual, and depends on the dog, the behavior, and any day-to-day stresses that may be leading the dog into imbalance.