Saturday

Biorhythms for Dogs Or Why Do We Have Good Dog Days and Bad Dog Days?

I'm a big fan of biorhythms and consult my biorhythm generator almost every day to see what I can expect from myself. For those who don't know what biorhythms are, briefly, they were first studied in the 19th century in Berlin by Dr. Wilhelm Fliess. At the time, Dr. Fliess, a medical doctor, noticed that his patients had times when they seemed more susceptible to illness and after studying his patients for a while, he concluded that each human being has certain biological rhythms. Dr. Fliess charted just two such, "master internal clocks," as he called them.

The first was a 23 day cycle for the physical cycle and the second was a 28 day cycle for the emotional rhythms. These cycles supposedly start at birth. Later, scientists would add two more major cycles for intuition and intelligence. In modern times, insurance companies have used biorhythms to try to predict when workers would be more accident prone.

The thing about biorhythms is that you are not always at your best. There are even critical days when your cycle is going from positive to negative. Some studies seem to show that you really are more accident prone or susceptible to colds and flu when your rhythms are critical or not positive. My own anecdotal experience seems to support this as well. Today, for instance, is one of the least favorable days of the year for me, according to my chart. As you can see, however, I don't hide under the bed just because it is supposed to be a rough day. I think we should still try to do our best and use each day we're given to make whatever progress we can.

The most important lesson that I have learned from following my biorhythms and the biorhythms of family members is that, like everything else on earth and in nature, animals and people have cycles. That means good days and bad days. There are days when a dog is naturally mentally sharper and emotionally calmer and there are days when they are more prone to goofy behavior or mistakes. When training a dog, that's very important to know. My own experience has been that after I teach a dog something, it will sometimes seem to regress or forget. Knowing that he or she may just be having a bad day helps to explain this and I can allow it without feeling discouraged.

Some people try to find the ideal mate by finding someone with compatible biorhythms. According to my biorhythm calculator Amy Locane, the actress, and I are 100% emotionally compatible and overall we are 95% compatible. I am not sure, however, that Amy would agree. Imagine if you could find a pet that was 95% compatible with you? On the day that you came home and found the shredded slippers you would be having a good day, emotionally speaking. You would forgive your dog and give it some extra loving because you realize it was just having a bad day.

The biggest obstacle to charting dog's biorhythms is that they can't tell us what they are feeling. When the original study was done in the 19th century, long before computers, the family trees of 10,000 individuals were used and the researchers went back three generations. If we could do that with dogs and had a record of when they had accidents, bit the post man, won a race, saved a child from a burning building, etc., we might be able to figure out what the canine cycles might be.

Some people have tried to use biorhythms to figure out which horses were likely to win a race, but I haven't heard how this actually worked out. I suspect, like a lot of things in life, it is much more complicated and the human mind can't grasp all that it entails. For instance, while I check my biorhythms almost every day, I also check my numerology report. There are days when they do not agree. For instance, on this day that my biorhythms call one of the least favorable days, my numerology number for the day is 9 and my report says that it is a good day for problem solving.

Have you ever checked your dog's name to see what number he or she is? If you know your dog's birthdates and full name as well as the name he or she uses most often, that would be the name you call him or her, I guess, then you could do a numerology chart. Each number has its own influence or resonance and according to the study of numerology, our days and lives are governed by numbers. Carl Jung, the famous Psychiatrist and a student of the I Ching, believed that we enter this earth on a wave (similar to a cycle) and that we are tied to certain events that will occur and therefore, it isn't so much the number itself that determines the events, but simply that the numbers, like the address of your house, denote the location of the event in time.

Whatever the case may be, as I said before, the most important lesson to be learned from this is tolerance. We all have good days and bad days and they are caused by a myriad of factors, some of which we don't have any control over. Having spent a lot of time in the company of dogs, I can tell you this. They always do their best, but like humans and other creatures, they are limited by their own rhythms and have days when they are smarter, calmer, happier. I would love to see the results of a study to try to understand the biorhythms of dogs.

Perhaps if we all started writing down the days when our dog's are smarter, goofier, happier, sadder, physically stronger or weaker, a pattern would begin to emerge. In the long run, I think everyone, especially the dogs, would benefit. If nothing else, it might help prepare you for those good dog and bad dog days.

2 comments:

  1. This is pretty interesting! I have heard of biorhythms before, but this was the first time I had an explanation about what they are. I'd guess that it would be rather fun to figure out what your dog's rhythms are!

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