Over the years as I’ve worked as an animal communicator, I’ve often been asked how people can communicate with their pets more clearly. I’ve found that sometimes it’s as easy as simply explaining to your pet what is really going on with a challenging situation for them.
“Tommy” was one of three Irish Setters who lived with a couple in a peaceful household. During our animal communication session, we focused mostly on the other two dogs because Tommy was “perfect,” his people said. I could see that he was a dog who only wanted to please.
At the end of the session, we had a few minutes left. Suddenly, the woman said, “Oh, could you get Tommy to stop barking at the newspaper man at 5 am every morning? He wakes us up.”
Tommy, on cue, gave a big sigh and slouched onto the floor, eyes downcast. I asked him what he wanted to convey about the paper’s daily delivery.
Tommy – This man comes to our house every morning while my people are sleeping. He hurls something toward the house. I alert them that he’s there and my bark scares him away. I wish he’d stop coming!
Me – Are you aware that your people have asked him to come to your house every day?
Tommy – What!? They know he’s coming???
Me – Yes, he throws the newspaper near your doorstep so they can read it. He’s providing a service for them.
Tommy – They want him to come?
Me – Yes.
Tommy thoughtfully considered this new information for a while. He wasn’t really very happy about it.
Tommy – So if they’ve asked him to come, then why are they always angry when I let them know that he’s there? He must not be a good man!
Me – The reason they’re angry is that your barking wakes them up so early. If you would let them sleep without barking, your people will be very happy with both you and the paper delivery man.
Tommy glanced at me briefly with a doubtful look. However, in his desperation to end this conflictual morning routine, I could see he was open to considering a new perspective.
I encouraged Tommy’s people to reinforce what we talked about, kindly and gently, before bed that night. And I then said to show him a mental image of the newspaper man coming to the house at 5 am, throwing the paper, Tommy being quiet, and the man leaving, just like he always did. They could also let Tommy know that if he didn’t wake them when the paper arrived, something good would happen as a reward for him when they awoke.
And do you know what? Tommy never barked at the paper delivery man again! A few months later, Tommy’s people contacted me to let me know there was again morning peace in their household.
Of course not all situations are remedied as easily as this one. The important thing to know is that it’s always of value to consider a pet’s viewpoint, which may make little sense to us. And remember to always be patient with your pets, rewarding them for even the smallest step in the right direction.
If you’re interested in developing your skills as an animal communicator, we offer a four-month Animal Communication course starting Friday, March 8th at 10 am. It’s available both in person and on the phone/video. I’d love to have you join us.
Enjoy your pets!
Animal Communicator, Healer and Teacher