Albuquerque, NM. – Humans have kept animals as pets for a long time. For just as long, they’ve wondered what’s going on in their pet’s minds.
So many people are curious that it’s created a market for scientific research. Surprisingly, pet tarot cards, radio and TV shows dedicated to pets, and books written by pet psychics have exploded recently.
Unfortunately, it’s unknown whether any of these tactics can genuinely answer the questions we have about our pets. We may never learn how dogs think and what causes them to behave good or bad.
However, pet owners are spending large amounts of money as well as time in an attempt to satisfy their curiosity.
Even though they haven’t come across any definitive answers, pet owners who’ve tried these methods to get to know their furry friend feel they’ve at least learned better pet communication skills. They also state that trying to get to know them better has been a blast.
David Radis and Andrea Gladstone from Encino, California, are one example. They were just dying to know what was going on in their rescued dog’s mind. They decided to buy “The Original Dog Tarot: Divine The Canine Mind,” a guidebook and a deck of 30 cards. Heidi Schulman developed it to see into a dogs’ mind.
Using Tarot To Understand Your Pet
David and Andrea decided to give the tarot cards a try and laid all the cards out on the floor. They then asked their dog, Lola, a question. “Why did you chew up the Dog Tarot guide and a puppy-training book we purchased?”
Lola then pawed at three different cards, which gave her owners an answer of some sort. The cards she picked were The Cat, The Pack, and Justice. When David and Andrea saw what cards Lola picked, they referred to the guidebook to see what those cards meant.
The guidebook interpreted it as Lola not feeling secure with her place in her new home and deciding to trash the books to establish her security and see if her new owners hold grudges. David said that Andrea purchased the pet tarot cards as a fun gift.
“For me, it is more the fun of it than the life lessons to be learned. But I respect the tarot,” says David. “I have done one reading for each of my dogs, and they were both spot-on. I spread the cards out and ask the dog to touch the cards with their nose or paw.”
Although no research has been conducted on how much pet owners have spent on pet psychic services or services related to dogs’ behavior, American Pet Products Association reports that $53 billion were spent on pets by Americans.
While pet owners spent most of that money on food, health care, and pet supplies in general, approximately $4 billion of the $53 billion was for something besides pet necessities. This amount went towards pet-sitting/doggy daycare, grooming, and pampering.
Pet Happiness Services Are Growing
The latter services have been growing more and more popular quickly, and they increased about 9.7 percent in 2011. Financiers predict it will continue to grow rapidly. Based on anecdotal evidence, pet owners are willing to spend a lot of money on their beloved dogs.
For instance, Kessler’s pet psychic fees are around $350 per session, and her book has been displayed mostly on coveted airport bookstore shelves. Sonya Fitzpatrick, a pet psychic who previously had a show on the Animal Planet channel, is currently the host of a top-rated call-in radio show on Sirius XM.
She was recently the host of two workshops designed to teach pet owners how to deal with anything dog-related, like biting/anger issues and housebreaking.
She did two of these shows, which cost attendees $500 a day and were so popular they sold out. Veterinarian Jeff Nichol of Albuquerque specializes in behavior work and contributes a weekly column in the Albuquerque Journal.
He states that since the arrival of channels like Animal Planet and shows having to do with training pets and understanding pet behavior, he’s noticed a significant increase in pet owners who are turning to more unconventional pet training methods.
However, he feels that behavior and health issues need to be dealt with by a professional versus attempting to solve them via nontraditional methods. “Often, the methods worsen the problem, and the behavior becomes more challenging to turn around,” he says.
Make sure to read Can Pet Psychics Really Help Your Furry Friend? for more information on the fascinating world of pet psychics!