We all have such a close and endearing heart connection with the dogs and cats in our lives. We love them, provide for them, and always look for ways to make their lives better. But despite all we do for our furry family members, we are still left wondering, “Am I doing enough to make their lives happy?” I can’t count the number of times my clients have asked me, “What is my dog thinking?” or, “Do my cats like what I do for them?” Have you ever said to yourself, “I wish I could have a conversation with them like I do with everyone else in our household?” Well, I’m here to tell you that you can. Here are three easy steps to follow:
1. Say What You Want Out Loud
Many people ask what I really mean by “talking” to animals. Surely I don’t mean that we have a direct verbal conversation like a human would have with another human, do I? The animals can’t possibly understand the words we’re saying, can they? They don’t hear words like we do, or speak our language, do they?
But the truth is that animals do understand us when we communicate verbally with them. They sense our meaning and moods on other levels as well, but they are perfectly capable of processing verbal information. We should talk to the animals just like we’d talk to any person. They do understand what we’re saying — and so much more.
2. Mentally Visualize What That Looks Like to You
Though we can communicate with animals verbally, as we do with people, we can also express ourselves and send information to them through strong and clear visualization.
While spoken language is important, visual images and thoughts play a crucial role as well. For example, when we say a word or phrase out loud, animals hear us with their ears but also visualize what we’re saying by forming pictures in their minds.
You may not realize it, but when we speak to animals, we subconsciously project a visual image that’s associated with the words. In turn, our animals see or pick up on this image. They hear what we’re saying to them and, more important, they see the picture we’re projecting to them. The clearer we are with our spoken words and the corresponding images we project, the more quickly the animal responds.
3. Communicate Using a Positive Tone and Positive Energy
Animals understand the meaning behind what we say. When we train animals, we use verbal commands to express what we want, what we need, or how we expect the animals to behave. We use different tones, raising or lowering our voices depending on the command and its urgency. Through repetition of these commands, we believe, the animal will eventually respond. But what about those times when we say, “Stay,” for example, and our dog doesn’t? We then repeat the “Stay” command and raise our voice or respond with a stronger, less positive tone and energy. We become annoyed, frustrated, or angry that we have to repeat ourselves.
The truth of the matter is, a dog doesn’t ignore you out of spite or because she is “hardheaded.” It’s more likely that what the dog saw in her mind in association with your command was unclear, or perhaps she was simply choosing to deflect the negative energy emanating from you. Honestly, can you blame her?
Keep in mind that your energy or current emotional state affects the communication process. Animals always respond better to positive words and positive emotions coming from their human companions. When we use positive words such as “good boy,” “great job,” or “you’re the best cat” in conjunction with positive emotions including excitement, joy, and happiness, we automatically convey our desires at a higher energy vibration. These higher-energy messages are clearer and more pleasant for your cat or dog to receive. They’re more pleasant to respond to as well.
So the next time you decide to have a chat with Sir Fido or Princess Fluffy, make sure that you talk to them verbally, visualize what you are telling them and the outcome you desire, and feel positive that they understand what you are saying and showing them. Try these steps to improve behavior challenges such as litter box problems, going to the vet, walking on a leash, excessive barking, separation anxiety, digging, aggressive behavior, and fear of storms. Or simply use them to communicate more effectively and bond with your dogs and cats every day. Either way, you’ll be happy you did.
, nationally syndicated radio host, animal communicator, and Reiki practitioner, created his Wagging Tales consulting practice upon discovering his “talk to the animals” abilities. He often works with animal rescue organizations and lives in Cumming, GA. His website is www.Wagging-Tales.com.