It’s easier to communicate with your dog than you think, and the truth is, you already are. Dogs are supreme judges of character. Just how do they know if someone is dog friendly or not? Besides their naturally instilled tools, such as smell, dogs have an incredible sense of knowing. So, just how do you communicate with your dog?
A man once said to me “you just read the dog’s body language, right? It’s not THAT hard.” Eh, no. If animal communication was that easy, more people would be doing it. There’s much more to the process, but anyone can learn. Some of us admittedly do have a natural ability to varying degrees. In actuality, most animal communicators who offer the service professionally have learned from some type of program.
There are two basic types of animal communication: passive and deliberate. Passive communication is what you and your dog experience every day. You are constantly feeding your dog information in three common ways: body language, intuitively, and verbally. If you’ve ever run a dog in agility, then you’re likely doing all three. Imagine for a second the client that comes to me with a video of an agility run. Her body language is telling the dog to do one thing, her voice, another, and her intuition is sending the message to her dog that “We’re going to NQ, I just know it”. Yikes. There’s a whole lot of reality there.
Passive animal communication can be very beneficial just by cleaning up the way you think, and in turn, by sending your dog clearer messages. For example, in the above scenario, sending the dog the intuitive message that “we always do our best!” shifts the energetic perspective of that run, increasing the chances for a positive outcome. Your body language and intuitive information are the passive information elements that you’re sending your dog. The verbal information is deliberate.
Deliberate animal communication requires humans to be as centered as possible, and clear in what their intention is. That means whenever possible, it’s important to quiet mental chatter, and center in your heart. A heart-centered connection with your dog is the key to deliberate animal communication. What you communicate through this process can be intuitive, or you can verbalize it. Go ahead and try- you’re already talking to your dog, right?
Keep it simple, and think in basic terms. One question may be “what is your favorite toy?” The problem is, a dog may not understand the emotion behind the word “favorite”. A better question would be “do you like to play agility or rally more?” After you state the question, just wait for the answer. Don’t worry that you might get it wrong, let the process work. Keep practicing, and be open to the information coming to you in various ways. You may experience knowing, psychic smell, taste, words, or see pictures.
Communicating with our animals is a very rewarding process but it takes patience and practice. Even if you choose to keep your style “passive”, your relationship with your dog can be greatly improved. If you’d like to learn more about the techniques used in deliberate animal communication, consider taking a class with Jen.
Jen Ortman, owner of Holistipet (LLC) is a Professional Animal Communicator, Animal Reiki Master Teacher, author, and speaker.