The fields of animal behavior and energy work come together in this practitioner’s approach to helping dogs and cats.
“As a child, I had a very special connection with dogs and cats that were strays and had a rough start,” says Judith Levy, a behavioral/energy practitioner for animals and their people. “I was able to feel what they felt and had an innate understanding of how to help them.”
When she grew up, Judith earned degrees in Special Education and Behavioral Psychology. She also studied the works of many prominent Animal Behavior Specialists. “I developed behavioral programs for children, but there was a void,” she explains. “I wasn’t fulfilled because my passion for connecting with animals was not being met.”
Judith began informally developing behavioral programs for dogs and cats, and was gratified when the first cases she worked on met with success. So in 2000, she became a professional animal behavior consultant. At the time, she was also on a healing journey of her own, one that incorporated an integrative approach using a variety of modalities. “The results were profound and I felt led to develop the use of these modalities for animals.” After extensive training, Judith now offers Reiki, Meridian Tapping Techniques (MTT) for People and Pets™, and Bach Flower Essences® as well as Behavioral Consultations for Cats and Dogs that address a range of issues, from fear and anxiety to elimination problems.
Sally, an abused five-year-old coonhound from a puppy mill, is just one Judith’s many success stories. “Sally found no joy in treats and did not play or join with other dogs or people at all. Her reaction to affection was to wince, run away and bark. Behavioral intervention alone was not going to work because the trauma she had endured was so severe that almost every stimulus in the environment was a trigger for her fear.”
Judith started Sally on a desensitization program and complemented it with Reiki, MTT and Bach Flower Essences. “Within several weeks, Sally began playing with resident dogs and taking food from people. Her progress was steady and positive until she began to make regular and relaxed physical contact with her guardians.”
Judith shares her life with two dogs and two cats of her own. “I also initiate monthly distance Reiki healings for all animals in shelters and rescues on Facebook. The pool of energy practitioners is more than 25,000. I offer regular behavioral presentations and consulting tips to animal guardians in the Pittsburgh area, and plan to soon begin a series of tele-seminars for animal guardians.”
Seeing how her work helps animals and their people gives Judith immense satisfaction. “The greatest joy for me is identifying where the root of the problem is, and developing a behavioral/energy practices program to help correct it. When a behavioral issue is confronted with this whole system approach, the results bring joy and comfort to all.”
Ann Brightman is Managing Editor for Animal Wellness Magazine and Integrative Veterinary Care Journal. A lifelong animal lover, she has also been a writer and editor for over 25 years. Ann is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and is also a Tai Chi instructor.