This summer has been an intense one from an astrological perspective, with multiple eclipses and a large number of planets moving into retrograde, many at the same time! While there is no denying the fact that this has had a profound impact on our own lives, we often overlook the impact that it also has on the lives of our furry friends!

Dogs are incredibly sensitive beings, picking up on even the most subtle changes in energy. This is why we are able to communicate so effectively with man’s best friend – they don’t connect with us based on the words that we are speaking, but rather the energy that we express at any given time. For this reason, the change in the Universal Energy around us can have a much more profound impact on their lives than we could begin to imagine. Not only are they picking up on the energy changes in their own life, but these pack animals are always highly in tune to any shifts and changes going on in their tight-knit group, further amplifying the impact.

As we move into the month of August, there are still a number of planets in retrograde, each influencing our lives in a unique and profound way. On August 11th, further adding to this energy, we will experience a partial solar eclipse, the final eclipse of the year. What does this mean? The intense summer of 2018 isn’t over yet!

What does August have in store for your pup, according to their zodiac sign?

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

While there is no doubting the fact that your human loves you, there are a few little things here or there that could use a little extra attention. That’s what August is going to be all about – focusing on the finer details in life. Sure, it’s not the most fun focus in the world, but you’ve been holding off on working on this stuff long enough. Try not barking at the mailman every time he visits your mailbox or digging in the corner where your human keeps directing you rather than the middle of their garden. It may not be as fun at the time, but when your human notices the change you’ll be rewarded.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)

You’ve likely felt a little neglected as of late, as your human has been away from the home a lot, kept busy with their hectic schedule. Good news, August is going to be the opportunity to spend MUCH more time together. While their schedule may not actually be slowing down per say, there is going to be the opportunity to include you in it a little more. Prepare yourself for road trips and adventures, as you accompany them on their many wild adventures. The better behaved you are, the more often they will bring you along for the ride, so try to keep your bad habits in check (I know, it’s hard). You don’t want to go back to spending all that extra time alone at home, right?

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)

This month is going to start out a little challenging as you struggle to express what you want and need to your owner. While it once worked to bark at the door when you needed to go out, this is somehow lost in translation during August with your owner filling your food dish instead. Try to be patient, it’s a short-term impact from the energy shift. As the month progresses, you will slowly find that you are once again understanding one another more. By the end of the month, you’ll be more in tune with one another than you were, to begin with! It’s ultimately going to be a bonding experience, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy!

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

While things may have felt a little chaotic in your world, August is going to be a time of balance and harmony, returning your world back to the sense of normalcy that you have been longing for. This may involve some big changes in your life, for example, your owner may forgo a crazy work schedule in favor or a job that allows them to work at home a couple days a week. Whatever changes happen, they will take some adjustment, but you will both be far happier for them when all is said and done, as you find yourself feeling like the pieces of your life are falling back into place.

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

August is a great month for you, pup if you’re looking to share your thoughts with your human. Why is this? This is a month where your communication skills will be on point. Sure, you can’t just share your opinions in clear English, which always makes it a little more challenging to get your point across, but there are many other ways to let your human know what you need. From well-timed barks to body language and actions, take this opportunity to let your human know if it’s time to pick up some new and interesting toys, change up the treats they have been buying or consider a larger bed.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

You’ve always been a little selective, something your human could attest to I’m sure! From being incredibly picky about which toys your play with or what food you’ll eat to making it clear that you aren’t going to associate with just any dog at the dog park – you know what you want and refuse to settle for less. Power to you, pup! However, August is going to play with your emotions, triggering your temper a little more than usual so you may want to practice that puppy poker face. Word to the wise, lashing out at people when you’re not happy isn’t going to encourage your human to pick you up that extra little treat, it’s really not worth it…

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)

While you’ve always been known as the life of the party, making friends everywhere you go, your intuition when it comes to others around you is going to be heightened during this time. If you just trust your gut, you know whether the dog coming down the street is looking to make new friends, or if you should steer clear. However, this extends beyond just other dogs. This month is the perfect time for you to push your human to meet some new people, whether it’s setting them up with the really nice barista that makes their morning coffee (and always passes you a little treat) or forcing them to finally introduce themselves to the new neighbors. There are new friendships and budding relationships right around the corner, they just need a little assistance.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

This is going to be a month of great luck for you, so don’t allow it to pass you by without making the most of it! If you have been debating trying something new, now is the perfect time. Whether you’ve been considering jumping in the lake on your family vacation, actually swimming for the first time in your life (this luck will mean you’re likely not going to sink instantly to the bottom) or facing that frightening vacuum cleaner, asserting your dominance in the house once and for all. Word has it you may even be able to pass a little of that luck to your human with some extra snuggles and attention. Why not give it a try, worst case scenario – you get a little extra loving.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

While some of the other signs are enjoying some great positive energy this month, I’m sorry to say that I don’t have the same news for you, pup. This is going to be a time of chaos and disorganization leaving you feeling as though your life has been turned completely upside down. It may be that your owner has made a significant change that is impacting you, like a big move or a schedule change from a new job, or it may be that something new is introduced to your life, like the addition of a new family member (how do you feel about a new pup or even a kitten in the mix?). Whatever it is, you can make it through! Surround yourself with your favorite things, like your blanket and teddy, and you’ll have all the comfort you need.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You’ve been working hard at something in your life for the past few weeks, putting your heart and soul into the process – this may be digging the perfect tunnel to China in search of your favorite Chinese food, or setting up a carefully executed trap for the squirrel in your backyard. Good news: You’re about to see some serious rewards for your hard work, although they may not be the result you were counting on… But rest assured, if it veers from the plan that’s okay because it’s going to be even better! Don’t forget to share this time of celebration with your human, they deserve to celebrate with you as well!

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

August is going to be a month of working through some issues from your past. While this isn’t going to be the most comfortable time for you, pup, it’s going to feel great when you come out on the other side! This may be a family member that you got off on the wrong foot with or a bad habit that you’ve developed (your owner knows all, don’t fall for the trap of thinking you can hide it). Try to keep an open mind while working through this. While you may not want to share the couch or give up your secret toy hiding place, but it’s time to at least try something new… Besides, that family member you’ve been holding a grudge with may end up being your biggest fan if you just give them a chance.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You’ve been working harder than usual around the house lately pup, earning your keep. Whether you’ve been busy protecting the home from the people who walk by on the street (I mean, ANYONE can just walk by out there, right?), keeping the cat in line or providing much needed emotional support for your human, you’ve been building some good karma. The month of August you’re going to see it all pay off as your human realize that you’re needing a little extra recognition for your efforts. This may mean more trips to your favorite trails, extra treats or a little more one-on-one cuddle time with your human each day. Enjoy it, you’ve earned it!

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