by Katie Marie
Does a calm house equal a calm dog? Feng shui (pronounced “fung shway”) is the Chinese art of enhancing the flow of energy — “chi” — through your home. It boosts elements believed to bring on good luck, wealth, health, marriage, and children, while it tamps down negative energies. Think of it as the Asian version of creating peace in your home. Feng Shui uses five elements — earth, fire, wood, water, and metal — to create an environmental balance. Westerners devote lots of money and time into turning their homes into a Zen oasis. Why not do it for Fido too? Here’s what you need to know about feng shui for pets.
It certainly can’t hurt to apply the basics of feng shui for people to your pup’s space. That includes putting her bed against a wall, with a full view of the door. Don’t hang anything above it, including wall art. Also, make sure there’s no mirror directly across from where your pooch sleeps — that’s classic bad feng shui. The mirror bounces energy around the room, causing restlessness and insomnia. Avoid the color white, choosing earth tones to create a calming atmosphere.
Also, keep the dog bed out of and away from the bathroom. The water energies of the commode are very bad feng shui, for the dog and for you. Feng shui masters recommend you keep the door to the bathroom shut, and even put heavy items on top of the toilet to keep your luck from flushing away.
Canceling Bad Energy
In feng shui, bad energy can be brought on by just about anything placed in the wrong spot. Telephone poles across the street in your line of sight from the front door? Bad luck. Water feature on the wrong side of the front door? Bad luck. Clutter? Also bad luck.
The first step you should take to canceling bad luck for your dog is to declutter the yard by making it pet proof. Keep the yard mowed and the bushes trimmed, so your dog and cat have room to run and play. Set up barriers as needed and check any fencing for holes. And do your best to keep the yard free of pet waste.
Calming the Dog
If you have a high energy dog, nothing takes the place of plenty of exercise and proper training. But the correct flow of chi can bring a sense of calm to your home, and that sense of calm will be felt by the furry four-legged members of the family too. This can get complicated by the different birth dates of everyone in the house, and what year it is. But you don’t have to do a deep dive into the practice of feng shui to bring at least some good energy in. It can be as easy as painting a northern wall blue and bringing in images of goldfish or turtles. Windchimes are good energy, as are living, indoor plants.
Don’t stress if the rules of feng shui seem pretty complicated. The rules change for different people in different locations in different years, and that can be confusing. For example, some directions that are epically good energy for some people (north is my jam, boo) are totally bad luck for others.
But some things are generally good for everyone, like a money tree, plants, or keeping the bathroom door shut. Changing things up can change the flow of good energy in your home, and that’s good for any living being under your roof.
Katie Marie is a writer, avid yogi, and outdoor explorer. She spends most of her time practicing meditation and wellness using organic elements within nature.