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How to Hypnotize Animals

| Updated October 19, 2017


  • Never attempt to force an animal to perform. If an animal is frightened or hurt while being worked with, he might lash out violently in self-defense and cause serious injury.


  • Always be gentle when placing animals under hypnosis. Many animals are very easily frightened, so treat them with respect while working with them.

Animal hypnosis is a popular phenomenon around the globe. Hypnotizing animals has been used for centuries as a means to pacify and calm any number of animal species, helping to keep them relaxed, quiet and still during moments of fear and stress. Learning how to hypnotize animals is not an overwhelmingly difficult process, but it does take practice, time and effort to learn how to properly perform this interesting skill.

Decide what species of animal you will be working with. Most types of animals can be hypnotized, although certain animals are much easier than others. Chickens are by far the simplest animals to learn to hypnotize, but cats, dogs, horses and cows have also been widely used as hypnosis subjects.

Start with a simple hypnosis subject. Any species of chicken can be easily put into a trance-like state, so hone your skills on a simple creature before you attempt to move on to a more difficult one. Practice your hypnosis skills frequently to keep you sharp and speed along your learning.

Catch your chicken gently to prevent injuring her. Chickens are very delicate creatures and can be easily harmed by rough treatment, so pick her up carefully and do not pull her feathers or hold her too tightly.

Hold your chicken gently in both hands and kneel down until you are resting on your knees in soft dirt. The dirt is essential to the hypnosis process, and will prevent your chicken from being injured as the hypnosis progresses.

Lay the chicken down in the dirt, placing her head as close to the ground as possible. Draw a straight line in the dirt out from the chicken's beak. Repeat this process over and over again until you feel the chicken begin to relax and go limp. The chicken will focus on your finger and the line and will eventually become entranced watching the lines, hypnotizing her.

Release the chicken from your hands and gently stand up. Your chicken will remain in that position for anywhere between 30 seconds to 30 minutes depending on how deeply the chicken was hypnotized. This process is completely safe and will not harm your bird at all. She will awaken from her daze in perfect shape and with no memory of the incident.

Try your hypnosis technique on a more difficult animal next, such as a rabbit. Hold the rabbit gently in your hands and place him or her on your lap with its rump closest to you and its head between your knees. Gently stroke him or her until you feel the rabbit relax and go limp, placing him or her into a totally catatonic state. This position simulates how a rabbit would be held by a predator in the wild, so the rabbit will lie almost as still as if he were dead.

Move onto more difficult animals as your skills grow. It is important that you always use care and caution when working with new animals until you are sure how they will react to being handled and hypnotized.