4 Tips for Successful Animal Communication Part 2: Attitude and Practice — Late joining this short series? Catch up on Part 1!
We can all learn to communicate with our animals.
It takes practice, but it will deepen the human-animal bond as it enhances your life with your multi-species family.
In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we discovered the first two tips to exploring animal communication: changing your mindset to see the world as a community of equals and learning how your unique intuitive skills work.
Now Let’s Look at the Final 2 Tips for Successful Animal Communication:
Learn the Attitude.
Animals are, first and foremost, animals, so start with species: understand the dog and cat breeds (even if they’re mixed), then get to know your animal’s personality.
People trip themselves up by thinking of animal communication as an exotic process when it’s really more like visiting a foreign country. When someone has different customs and speaks a different language, what do you do?
- Introduce yourself. Be friendly, calm, curious, open-minded.
- Remember your manners. Say “please” and “thank you.” Ask questions respectfully and thoughtfully and don’t make assumptions.
- Consider the customs, behavior (and size). Learn how your animals live as animals, from their size to their behavior. Learn how you, and they, communicate with body, emotions, and actions. For example, what is making your dog tense? Environment? Injury? Illness? You mentioned, “going to the vet?” Be objective and calm.
Animals are pretty literal. That would make communication easier if we would remember that they don’t politicize or rationalize their responses to us.
For example, when my cat, Kerys, a Russian Blue, was first learning to hang out with us in bed at night, she’d get excited, leap out of bed, and race around. Normal for a kitten, yes, but I wanted to read quietly. One day I said, “If you get out of bed you’re getting locked in your playpen for the night.”
I knew she’d listen because she wanted to be with us, but I ignored how literally she might take that threat. A few days later she peed in my bed. I was furious and my animal communication skills disappeared. I called a friend to find out what happened. She laughed when she relayed Kery’s response: “You said if she got out of bed she had to sleep in her pen, and she had to go, so she just stood up and went.”
AARGHH! Yes, I’m not perfect. See that as an example of how not to communicate with animals.
Think of animal communication as a foreign language and practice. Keep a notebook of your experiences. Go for a walk with your dog and talk out loud, like you are having a conversation with a human friend. Eventually, you’ll realize that the words you are saying are actually being responded to, even if you didn’t actually hear the words. Consider that progress, because it is.
While you’re practicing, remember that animal communication happens faster than human speech, because it’s mind-to-mind. So you may be straining to hear what your dog is saying to you, when it’s traveled at the speed of telepathy, faster than the speed of light, and is already in another time zone. Take the first thing you instantly “hear” and go from there. And remember, animals have their own interests. You may want to know if you and your dog, Frankie, shared a past life together; when all Frankie cares about is a nap and dinner. Be as respectful of your animal’s interests as you are of human ones, and you’ll be heading in the right direction.
Frustrated with the strain of trying to “talk” with your animals, however, your intuition works? Wondering if you’ll ever get it? That’s when I say, “When in doubt, sing.” When I was trying to communicate with my Cavaliers Murphy and Alki, I finally gave up and gave them baths. That is, I occupied my body and mind to trick the logical parts of me into letting go. I emptied my mind, cleared a space in it for the dog I was bathing, asked for the essence of the dog to come in music, and opened my mouth and sang. That is, I asked their soul to sing. Murphy’s soul sang a soft, lilting lullaby with a light jaunty bounce to it. Alki’s came out as funky jazz. Both fit their personalities and reminded me that connection is easier when we just let it come. And more enlightening.
Frustrated with your animal communication work? Remember that for us it’s evolution, and that takes longer than twenty minutes. So be patient with yourself, because they’re patient with us, most of the time. And then be prepared to be surprised. You will get there eventually. You may not become a professional animal communicator, but you will have a more dynamic multi-species family.
If you’d like professional help with personal or business intuition, successful animal communication, mediumship, or spiritual awakening, please contact me at my website or here at The Wellness Universe.