Animal Epigenetics

Epigenetics has gotten to be a large and fascinating study of human DNA. Scientists have discovered that trauma can result in scars on your DNA that can be inherited by your posterity. It is fascinating and useful information. For example, children born to mothers that lived through Chernobyl were much more likely to have anxiety disorders than other children their age. I believe that the same principles apply to the DNA of animals.


Years ago, I had a client with a puppy that had some perplexing issues. He was savage about food. This otherwise very sweet and gentle dog would become vicious when there was food on the floor. He guarded his food dish fiercely. The family was unable to give the other dogs a treat or feed any of the dogs in the same room without a horrible attack from him. Even his human companion had been the target of him defending food. She had received a few terrible bites. When there was no food issues, he was a darling and sweet puppy. Obviously, she had altered the way she fed her dogs accordingly, but even then, sometimes a food issue was unavoidable. By doing some energy work and animal communication with him, I discovered that he came from a feral litter of dogs. She confirmed that he came from the region that I suspected, where feral dogs are common. In digging into his DNA I discovered that his mother had starved frequently and that all of the dogs in his pack had to be vicious about food in order to survive. I did the same kind of DNA healing and clearing that I would do on a human. The results were astounding. The food issues literally came to a halt. He stopped attacking the other dogs in the home over food, and they were even able to start feeding all of the dogs communally again. All of this dog’s anxiety over food security were remedied. What a powerful tool to help this dog be successful living in a family unit.



Behavior issues in animal companions are common. There are many reasons and challenges. Considering scars on DNA is just one piece of the puzzle, but a useful one, no doubt. If you have an animal companion with a perplexing behavior that no other work or training has been able to address, it may be time to consider the origins of this animal and what their ancestors may have been through.