How To Talk To Your Pets & Animals?

Yes! We Can Talk to Animals

By Donna Velardi

We have been communicating with animals for centuries; the Native Americans had a very close relationship with animals. They were loved, honored, and worshipped. Many of the animals were given the highest status of gods and goddesses. Many of the Native American tribes still today have festivals in honor of their animal friends. We don’t realize how many ways we communicate with animals on a daily basis. How many times have we wished that our animal companion would do something, and low and behold they did it? How many times have we been sad and our animal companions comforted us? This happens many times but we, as humans, do not understand that they are communicating with us. Webster dictionary defines communication as: “an act of transmitting; an exchange of information or opinions.” We do this all the time! One time when I had a terrible migraine headache and was in bed, my cat jumped on the bed got behind me, and started to massage the back of my head and neck area with her paws. She was trying to heal me!

The main way of communicating is sound or tone of voice and the words we use.

When we get excited, especially if we are happy about something that has just occurred, our voices tend to be louder than usual. This can confuse our animal companion as he/she may think you are angry. Because usually, the only time when they hear a loud voice from you is when you are upset. Animals also respond well to soft music, this especially works with aggressive animals. The soft tones have a calming effect on animals. One must remember that if it works for humans it will usually work for our animal companions. Another way of communication is body language. For example, when humans are afraid of dogs they usually tense up, their body becomes more rigid, and therefore say to the dog, “don’t come near me.” The dog reads this and most times will want to go to that person to say “it’s alright, I’m not going to hurt you, and I just want to be your friend.”

One of the most effective ways of communicating with animals is telepathic communication. If we let our animal companions know that we want to communicate with them, we need to clear our minds, relax, visualize an activity or behavior and send this message to our companions. We visualize exactly what we want our companion to do. For example, if you are having problems with your pet going to the bathroom indoors and want him to go outside, then you need to visualize him going outside. You can not visualize the negative. You can’t visualize him going indoors then putting a big red slash through it, you have to visualize the exact positive behavior you want. You can also verbally tell him what you want him to do because by doing that you are actually visualizing the behavior as you say it. With practice and an open mind, you can have conversations with your pet.

We can set up reasonable rules, establish limits of unacceptable and acceptable behavior. If we use common sense and strive for harmony we can clear up any misunderstanding with our animal friends. It is important to explain why we need rules and boundaries for our companions. Animals have a clear understanding of right and wrong behavior but from their perspective. We need to explain the human perspective. Overall, our animal companions want to please us, but sometimes they need to get their point across. For example, I once had a cat that would not use her litter box because she did not think that it was clean enough. So what she did was go near the litter box to prove her point that she knew what to do but did not get in it so she could gain her caregiver’s attention, which she did accomplish. Another was a horse that had a rider on him but felt that this rider did not respect him. He was right, this rider called him unkind names and in turn, this horse threw the rider off of him which he never did before with any other rider.

We must remember that animals observe everything, once when the evening news was on, a dog became more aggressive and was barking more. After a communication session, we realized that there were three stories in a row about murders and assaults that took place. When this happens you must make clear to the pet that you are okay and their surroundings are safe. As the newscaster was presenting the news he was giving this dog the visualization of the events.

Animals relate better to honesty and sincerity, it is important that you be clear in what you expect and want from them. Animals, as do humans, need respect and a sense of purpose. See what your pet is best suited to do: keeping you happy, entertaining you, your family, and friends, creating warmth, adding beauty, guarding property, getting you to exercise, keeping you calm, giving you perspective; these and others are just some of what your companions can do for you. Let them know that they are doing a good job, give them a special treat, spend alone time with them and make sure you tell them and visualize how much they are appreciated and what a wonderful job they are doing. This will make them want to achieve the highest standards, and most importantly prevents boredom and depression. Everyone, including animals, need and want praise and to know that they are appreciated.

Animals are very intuitive, they “feel” and sense things that we have difficulty coping with. Their senses are very keen, don’t ever cover up your emotions, it won’t work. For example, if you are having a difficult day you may come home act like there is nothing wrong, while the humans you live with may buy into the fact you are fine your pet will not. He/she will know something is wrong and will want to comfort you. Allow him to do so, it will make you and him feel better.

Many pets will internalize your emotions and may even cause them depression or a physical illness. There was once a cat that came down with a kidney illness, her caregiver was going through about with kidney stones. Once the caregiver had her stones removed, the cat was re-tested a month later and her kidney levels were back to normal. Remember, let your animal companion know what is going on in your life. Talk to them, visualize what is happening and share with them your true feelings. Also, ask their opinion of a decision you have to make. It may sound silly, but you will be getting an honest answer. If you ask your companion a question, you may ask yourself, how do I know what answer they are giving me? If something just pops into your head that pertains to the question asked, then that is the answer that your animal companion is sending you. Remember they send messages too! They are very visual. Give your pet reassurances, don’t let them take the blame for what they didn’t do. Defend your pet if someone is blaming them, this is very important because then your pet will know that you care.

Remember, animals do have feelings, they feel sadness, anger, hurt, and love. All you have to do is look into their eyes, look at their body language and receive the images they are sending us. Communicate with them, let them know that they are a priority in your life and that you truly love them. You will have a devoted, loyal, and loving companion for the rest of your life.

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