July 11, 2012 § 4 Comments

Cute puppy MOCHI born in Water Dragon year 2012. Dogs must be trained and people must be educated for best luck.

I received a letter from a feng shui client inquiring about her luck with a new puppy. I am an animal person so was delighted to blend feng shui principles with our beloved animal companions who so generously share their lives with us:

Hi Susan,
Hope this finds you well. A quick update about my place in Piedmont, CA. I have officially got my promotion on March 2012—you were right about removing my cat litter box to the guest bedroom’s bathroom. Now my foyer looks nice & inviting and my front entrance is fully opened. Recently, I have brought home a shiba inu puppy we named Mochi. She has been getting along very well with my cat. Also, Max (my Monkey man) and I are still together — he helped me to find Mochi and talked about how to take care of her. I am just curious if the puppy is improving my house or relationship energy? Would like to get your input.

EXCELLENT! Dogs are good feng shui. But cats are not, so when you kitty lives to a ripe old age and dies peacefully in her sleep, do not get another cat. But when your dog dies, OK to get another dog. But no more than 2 pets at a time for you!

About your dog: I assume that she a DRAGON because she was born after Chinese New Year in 2012. This dog MUST be very, very tame! In feng shui, people must be educated and dogs must be tamed. Of course the first thing is housebreaking, but do not stop there like many people do. Your dog must sit, stay, and obey other commands. She needs to socialized with both humans and other dogs. Your dog WANTS to do this and it’s your responsibility to tame and train her.

Talking to your dog like she is a human instead of taming her, or spoiling the dog, will cause bad fortune for you. I cannot emphasize this enough. It is not OK for your dog to jump up on visitors when they arrive at your home, no barking out of turn, no urinating when excited, no begging for food from the table — you get the idea.

That does not mean that you have power over your dog in a negative way. My sister and mother know how to train dogs, and I know something about it too, but if you’re not enough of a dog person yet or don’t understand dog obedience — take your puppy to dog training classes. Your dog’s breed is considered a difficult one to tame, so if you have problems then hire a professional dog trainer to come to the house.

I recommend training your dog to do tricks. My sister did that with our family dog, a mid-size hound who is now 15 (Ox 1997) and still in great shape because the dog’s mind was pushed as a puppy to learn handshake, catch, roll over — and at the time I thought it was a non-necessary display of power over an animal. But now I agree that you should train dogs, especially your Dragon dog, to the fullest extent possible.

Little puppy Mochi is compatible with both you and your Monkey man, who I’ve always liked for you. They can create and master dog tricks together. Good luck.

Family dog Nani Loa, age 15, still strong as an OX.

Family dog Nani Loa, age 15, still strong as an OX.

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§ 4 Responses to GOOD FENG SHUI with your DOG

  • Rosie says:

    Interesting read. My shihtzu (0x 2009) just had a litter of 4 a month ago, making them water dragons. Im a fire goat n 2012 didnt open well for me and it is a coincidence that since my dog was pregnant with her pups, ive been to the hospital twice and seems to alwaus be in poor health. Was just wondering if water dragon puppies are compatible with me? Im going to keep the youngest and tiniest male dog of the this a bad idea if ive been ill often? Apparently ‘tai sui’ is after the goat this year. Pls help advise 😉

    • Susan Levitt says:

      Dear Rosie,

      Congrats on your dog’s litter! 4 little Dragon puppies so they will all have strong personalities.
      Keep the little boy dog. He will be an inspiration to you.

      2012 is NOT a good year at all for us Sheep, or as you call us Goats.
      I call us Sheep because Sheep correlates to the Western sign Cancer.
      Goat makes one think of Capricorn the Goat, and Capricorn correlates to Ox.
      Some translations call us the Ram which can be confused with Aries the Ram, and Aries correlates to Dragon.
      And you are the Fire Sheep, and this is a Water year. Water extinguishes Fire.
      Autumn is the best time of Dragon year for Sheep, so you will start getting better now.
      Both Snake 2013 and Horse 2014 are far better for Sheep.
      Then you will be far more content, and happy to have such lovely dogs in your life.
      Good luck,

  • nicole says:

    Hi! I’m so glad I found this, today we almost got a kitty!! Very interesting blog and, I too have a question for you! We recently started to really try to incorporate Feng Shui in our lives and we finally have a perfect opportunity. We have just moved into our new apartment, and though we have read much on the subject for our overall approach, we were wondering where would it be best to place our pet’s beds. We have two dogs who always sleep in our bedroom. So I was wondering if its okay to keep them there now what we have a whole apartment for us, or if there’s a particular place for them in the house according to Feng Shui that might bring about good energy flow.

    Thank you so much for your time!

    • Susan Levitt says:

      Dear Nicole,

      Thank you for your interest in feng shui and animals. Pets beds are not good in the relationship corner (far right-hand corner from entry) because then the animals are your primary partners, not humans like your spouse. This is especially true in the bedroom, but applies to every room in the house.

      If the dogs are OK sleeping in the living room, then move their pet beds out of the bedroom. It’s understandable to have a puppy or kitten in your bedroom, but when the animals are old enough to feel safe in the night, move them to the living room. The dogs are together so neither is alone in the night, and they are still good watch dogs in the living room. They could also sleep together in the kitchen if they prefer the kitchen instead of the living room.

      It’s up to them if they want to share a big dog bed living room, or each have their own doggy bed.

      Good luck,


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