Dogs have one of the best totems or spirit guides because they are well attuned to the nature of humans and understand the best ways to guide them. Throughout history the dog has been known as man's best friend. There are hundreds of varieties, sizes and shapes found on every continent. Certain breeds of dog are designed for specific functions

The dog is a protector and guardian. Their acute hearing and keen sight forewarned their masters of impending danger. They serve selflessly never asking for their service to be praised. They hold the energies of unconditional love and teach us its true meaning.

Domesticated dogs are faithful companions to humans and enjoys being useful by serving human friends. Their sense of spirit and the ability to love even when abused is incredible. The dog teaches those with this totem how to give and receive love unconditionally. It also carries the energy of forgiveness. People with dog medicine would do well in service oriented jobs.

Dogs are intelligent and sensitive. They are able to sniff out dangerous situations accurately and guide us into safety. Psychic gifts have long been are associated with the dog because of their ability to detect subtle energy frequencies often unknown to mankind. If dog suddenly appears in your life pay attention to your immediate surroundings and let the dog guide your footsteps.

Certain breeds of dog were designed for specific functions. The study of the breed and its purpose can help you define the energy associated with it. Since wolves and coyotes are its descendants these should be studied as well.

The behavior of a dog often reflects the personality of its owner. Through its observation and constant interaction with you it anticipates your next move, and serves as a mirror image of who you truly are. The dog is a great teacher for those who are willing to be loyal students. The choice is yours.

Responses to "Dog Medicine: What Dogs Can Teach Us"

  1. In these times of change, it would be wise to journey with a loyal and trustworthy companion.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i love the wolf and i don't know, why they killed him allover the world:-(

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dog spirit gift is also of laughter which is one of the greatest gifts They will do something silly just to break the tension and make you laugh and change the energy and lighten up a room full of people

  4. Anonymous says:

    my dog Nickomis she is a healer, she knows when I am sick or someone she comes in contact with, she will lay her head down on you where you are feeling the pain, my sister just lost her puppy, and nickomis she went up to her and put her head on her lap, and a tear ran down nickomis's eye..dogs know, they are good healers

  5. Anonymous says:

    My dog is a bitchy control freak!!LOL

  6. Anonymous says:

    My dogs give much comfort

  7. Anonymous says:

    my dogs comfort me whenever i am sick they seem to know exactly when I am getting one of my horrendous migraines,that last 4 days.

  8. Unknown says:

    i've always been reluctant towards all kind of domesticated animals. Yet i love animals, i love watching them in the wild, where they belong. Yet, taking one out of its environment (though it's a bit different in the case of the dog since it's "man made"), and making it dependable of you for food, i have an issue with that. i'd like to know, how you deal with this? sure dogs serves the human well, but do we serve the dog well when we make it dependable of us?
    i believe too many people think they own their dog, that's not a good relationship to me, besides i'm one to think that noone really owns anything else but his/her life, him/herself. so really i'd like to know how you deal with this, i feel the connection with animals, i love animals, sometimes i'd like to have a dog, but is it right?

  9. Anonymous says:

    @ Jean-Valery Thoraval; I never owned a dog, all of my dogs have owned me. All of them I rescued from pounds, except 2 I rescued were abandoned on my street. Yes, Jean, go rescue a dog from certain death at the hands of the pound that is over crowded and can't feed so many that were abandoned. They kill millions everyday.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thoraval, get out of your head!! The time has LONG past about the relationship between dogs and humans. I THINK you meant to say "but do we serve the dog well when we make it Dependent on us" it's kind of a few thousand years too late to worry...LOL if you can't decide, I think it just means you shouldn't have a dog. So do everyone a favor and just sit back and admire them. Thanks!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    That's pretty true, I have a gift with dogs. they can be very loving no matter what- when caring for them, you have to read signs of what they need. it becomes helpful in dealing with people in that they don't have to always ask for help one knows.

  12. Anonymous says:

    @Jean-Valery Thoraval...The saying "No man is an island" comes to mind, we declare ourselves to be independent but the truth is we are all dependent on others in some form or fashion. If I were to tear down the fences that keep my dogs from running loose & possibly being hit by a car, they would be able to fend for themselves, the female is a hunter, when loose in my wonderful neighborhood, she steals the huge bones my neighbor's dog steals from the other neighbor's dog. I would summarize my relationship with my dogs as a mutual love & admiration, I love watching their family dynamics & they love when I get down on the ground & play with the the way, I'm old as dirt but I can still play my part in our pack of healers, I'm a trauma nurse & they are my spirit soothers when I'm hurting for my charges in the ICU.

  13. Anonymous says:

    My dogs and I are our own pack, we share everything and they are my hart.

  14. Anonymous says:

    ha ha my dogs attack in a pack, Rottie's and Mastiff's - we all sleep in a circle too.

  15. Anonymous says:

    my dogs are my family. I am there for them as they are there for me. They are my children in every sense of the word and they look to me as a parent. I am as dependent on them as I am my human children and they give me the same love.

  16. Unknown says:

    The coyote and the wolf dogs brought us the gift of song too. And to bay at the moon. There is many gifts in which are ment to yeach

  17. Anonymous says:

    My dog's name is Sumi ... Sumi is a prescription from my Dr. .. He is not considered a pet...he is a Companion Animal ... he is allowed to accompny me in most places ... I dont pay pet fees in my rent and no pet fees at motels/camping..... his vet bills and care are medical deductions...There is a registry on line if you want to make it official but the doctor's prescription is enough for legal standard..when you enroll they send you a certificate and for about $35 you can order a service vest ... an orange number that shines in the dark ... Of all the meds I have to rely on Sumi is the one that keeps my heart connected to my is wonderful that there is a term "Dog Medicine" our house we just call it 'puppy love' BTW it is extrememly easy to get this medical situation established ... only a letter from Dr..or in my case he actually wrote it on a prescription pad .
    ...Canine Companion q.d

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  18. Anonymous says:

    First Dog was a Wolf. Wolf would like to remind Man that he was his oldest friend. Wolf is the original Dog. His spirit is the strongest.

    "Men had a fire. Wolf had no fire. Wolf and Dog were brothers. Wolf said to dog. 'Go steal an ember from the Men.'

    "Dog went to the Men. They fed him and he forgot to steal the ember. Thats all."
    -- Coeur d'Alene story

  19. Anonymous says:

    My life would be truly capoot without dogs.I know they cannot speak back to us in our words..but if you listen you CAN hear them relate to you.Thank GOD for dogs.Gotta have a dog in the home.Not right without them.Have had a dog save my life 3 times now.Once from a bear and other times from myself.Truth is truth.

  20. Thank you for this lovely article, I have enjoyed it much. I was just wondering if maybe you might know why , I have always dreamed of a big white dog as a child and I'm in my 50's now. I call the dog Nanak in my dreams~ Thank you~ Love & Light to you all ☆****☆

  21. Anonymous says:

    .... mine too

  22. Anonymous says:

    Way to ruin the moment... I love my dog she is a part of my family. I learn just as much from her as she does from me. Don't judge, especially since you have never been in a friendship with a dog. It's much more magical than you believe. We do not own the dog, we have a bond with them, a special connection. They understand a lot more then most think. There is a reason why a dog puts all of their trust in a single human, they feel protected and they have taken on the roll of protecting us. Its their nature. You shouldsee the look on my dogs face when she see's me walk in from work. We make each other happy, now what's wrong with that?

  23. Anonymous says:

    OMG! I suffer from migraines. Its dibilitating for me. But my dog knows when I'm going to get one. When I have one he is with me the whole time. He is such a sweetheart.

  24. Anonymous says:

    MY DOG thinks i am god. she brought her dying puppy to me to fix. she died in my hands.

  25. Anonymous says:

    It's about the money. It's always about the money. The wolves hunt the farm and ranch animals. I say raise a few extra to share!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely! Mine tells me when to take medicine and when he wants me to rest. Priceless dog soul. ♥

  27. Anonymous says:

    Spirit Guide! Listen well!

  28. Anonymous says:

    i love my dog and he makes me smile every morning. he has the biggest personality ever :)

  29. Unknown says:

    My landlord's dog took a shine to me the moment I moved in. He's crippled, like me.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Dogs are such comfort! they know when you are tired, sad, or not well. They many times have more empathy than people.

  31. Anonymous says:

    @Jean-Valery Thoraval; I really get and appreciate what it is you're saying. It rubs me the wrong way to hear someone talk about owning their pets. The animals that have blessed my life are my companions and my family. While I would not want to walk into the woods and adopt a wolf; I believe it is thousands of years too late for the dog. The dog no longer has a wild place to call home. After thousands of years of domesticating these beautiful beings, it is now our responsibility to care for them as they have come to rely upon us as much as we have them. We owe them our loyalty. That means adopting or rescuing your animal companions, caring for them to the best of your ability and knowing when it is not the right time to have an animal companion. I can't tell you how much I want to bring a dog into my life, but right now I am away from home for about 10 hours a day for work. There is no way I would do that to my dog. Some can't afford to care even for themselves, let alone an animal. That is a sign it is not time too. Being a responsible companion is our duty to those that have helped us all in so many ways throughout the years!


  32. Unknown says:

    It's right to own a dog or cat. There is nothing wrong to love and be loved. You will not be selfish and giving a dog or cat a home who has no one is a gift straight from God. You will be truly blessed.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Jean Valery Thoraval I have shared my whole life with dogs and cats. These pets have been cherished and often pampered members of my family. I agree that we do not have the right to own any animal. Last night, we had to say goodbye to my beloved dog Brodie. He gave us all so much and we will miss and love him forever.

  34. Unknown says:

    The relationship between dogs and humanity is symbiotic. Starting from dogs getting scraps from prehistoric camps and becoming a part of our pack by contributing to our mutual survival. We relied on eachother for hunting and security from predators. Today, they don't have to hunt but have been with us so long, we have built a very strong bond. We are as the are, our pack. We should do everything in our power to give them the best lives possible.

  35. And what does it say about us that so many dogs are abused and abandoned? As a species, we have much to learn about loyalty and unconditional love. I'm grateful to my dogs, and that they have not given up on us.

  36. Great information and I completely agree, after being round dogs for many years

  37. suzanne o'meara says:

    but - not every dog has his angles when he dies or euthanased or if the vets abuse or torture or harm him during death - this is the problem - when the dog dies - we do not have wise help always - etc etc etc

  38. My spirit animal is a wolf
    Ive been wanting a dog for quite a while. But unable to where I live. Ive had dogs before and grand pups that Ive bonded close with.

  39. Beautifully written

  40. Anonymous says:

    My dog brought her puppy to my bed every night as soon as he was born she done it nightly now the puppy is constantly with me he cries when I go to work he even cries out of excitement when I get home

  41. Anonymous says:

    Our 8 year old male mixed breed dog has always been attached to me more than my husband. He normally stays near me, whether in our kitchen, living room or at night in our bedroom, however, this past week our pregnant daughter came for a visit. He sat near/on her feet constantly instead of staying near me for the first time since he came into our home. I believe he must know she is carrying a child and has decided that she needs to be protected more than I do. We are so grateful for his love and wisdom!

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