Your animal companions are family members and what happens within the family affects them as well. Animals thrive in routine, balance and harmony. Change causes waves of unbalanced energy in the family and it is unsettling to your animal companions. Changes can be small things that cause little hiccups in their daily routine such as trying to get used to daylight savings time and you are feeding them earlier or later then usual. Or an early morning meeting that moves back the walking time. Or they can be big changes that have a huge effect on your animal companion such as moving across the country, or expecting a baby or going back to work with the lifting of covid stay at home orders.
It will be easier on them if you keep them abreast of the situation through daily briefings. Where the information is delivered by data points and sticking to facts. Facts must include how you feel. For example saying out loud to your dog or cat: “The kids will not be around as much since they are going back to in person school. I am both a bit nervous about it and ecstatic as well. It adds a new piece to juggle in the schedule.” Animals are listening by tracking the energy and your thoughts which are get turned into pictures for them.
Now in contrast if you are not doing the daily briefings then they become detectives trying to the cause of change by tracking the energy in the house and within the family members. Body language and breathing patterns reveal much about internal states as well as certain chemicals bodies release in response to certain emotions. When stressed breathing get shallow. Holding your breath to the animal means fear. Breathing may be fast or erratic when overwhelmed or anxious. Bodies tense up when try to control situations. WIthout the daily briefings and relying on body language and energy of family members as well as of the energy in the house your companion may experience stress or worry because they do not understand what is the cause of the fear, anxiety, worry or overwhelm.
The animals invite you to stay present and track your body language to gain understanding of what you are communicating energetically and this may bring new awareness to you about how you are truly navigating change.
The animals are great at modeling data points and communicating the facts. For example when my dog and I are walking in the neighborhood and if my dog begins to walk really stiff legged and his tail puffs up - these are data points through which he is communicating the facts that one of his arch enemies is approaching. As soon as this enemy comes into sight the barking, the huffing and the lunging begins - data points. He is now delivering the facts that to him this dog is bothersome and he wants to get a piece of him. As soon as we have passed the other dog, he shakes it off which is another data point communicating the facts that the moment has shifted. And he continues on his walk without a care in the world. He is not caught up in worrying about whether he should have lunged further, he could have pulled me across the street or he would have bitten that dog he had been closer to him. Instead he is present here now in this new moment. As you can see you may be given numerous daily briefings as things are constantly changing.
Take time to tell your animal companion daily of the status of big changes including when they will happen, why they are happening, how you feel about the changes, how it will affect them and what part of the change you are oriented to today - such as "We are moving to a new house in two weeks. I am packing up the kitchen and I am feeling overwhelmed because there is some much stuff I have to do." Keeping your animals in the loop helps navigating change with a bit more ease, harmony and balance.