Animals are very sensitive to Reiki. Very often the hands on approach is too much for them. They feel the intensity of the energy, become fidgety and will then walk away. I like to respect their choice and will not insist on placing my hands on their bodies. They seem to instinctively understand reiki and at the right time they will lie there and accept a hands on treatment. The gentlest way of treating an animal in an urgent situation is by using Reiki II - the distance healing. I will often send while the owner is with their pet so that they can observe the behaviour of their animal. This is equally as effective as hands on treatment and in many cases is more powerful as the animal receives Reiki for a full 20 min without interruption.