How To Communicate With Animals

 

Animal Communicators are excellent at helping to bridge the communication gap between humans and animals and will work on tuning into the vibrations surrounding the animal and human and help to explain what both are feeling and experiencing.

This means that problems that arise within the relationship between the animal and human can identified  correctly and sorted quickly. It can also mean that underlying health or behavioural issues are spotted quickly and the right kind of therapy or treatment can be given.

Watch this short video to see me talking about how to begin to read your dog’s communication signals correctly and overcome some of the common misunderstandings which are made when communicating with your dog.

“Dog Whispering” is a term used to describe, inter-species communication, between humans and canines and it begins with learning to keep your thoughts, emotions and feelings calm and positive whilst you work with the animal.

The more you can keep calm around animals, the more they will remain calm and balanced and be likely to respond to your requests.  In fact, the more silent you are when communicating with animals, the more you will notice their signals and be able to tune into them and read what they are trying to tell you.

Dogs can learn to associate certain human words with certain actions or objects, such as “Go find your ball!” but the tone of voice we use, our body language and the vibrational frequency that our thoughts and feelings produce, is also being read by them.

All animals are sensitive to energy & vibrations and they can pick up on our thoughts and feelings about any given situation.

Dogs also have an incredible sense of smell and can smell our chemical bodily changes.  For example, if we are feeling scared or anxious about something then we would emit a low or negative frequency and our body would begin to change.

Adrenaline would be dumped into our system and our heart would beat faster, we may produce sweat to cool the body down.  Our body posture would change and perhaps become tense and rigid.

Animals will often mirror our emotions and mimic our behaviours in order to try and communicate with us on our level.

Dogs and cats do very well at learning the human language and adapting to our way of life and how we go about doing things.  For the most part, we have brought these animals into a humanised world and have expected our animals to adapt to our way of thinking, feeling and communicating.

We can teach them to perform tricks such as rolling over or giving us a paw shake when we request them to.  We know that for the most part the dog has probably learnt this behaviour through classical conditioning and have been given a treat as a reward for performing the desired behaviour.

We also know they can associate sounds or words to particular actions, such as if you say to a dog “Walkies” it will know that the lead is coming out ready for their walk.

However, they often try and tell us things, but we can misread what the animal is trying to tell us and then problems within the relationship can develop.

Dog weeFor instance, if the animal suddenly changes behaviour such as beginning to urinate and defecate in the house, when before they were going in their litter tray or outside, it can mean they are trying to tell us something and we need to look and listen more carefully to work out what might be going on.

It might be that something has recently changed in their environment, such as a death or separation in the family. They may actually be trying to communicate to you that you are carrying around a lot of negative energy or feelings that need attending to.  It can of course mean that they need a change in their diet or that they have an underlying health problem.

On many occasions, you may find that you are in fact going through some sort of emotional trauma or difficulty and your animal is actually trying to help you with overcome it.

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Inter-species communication is not taught at schools so novice dog owners will get a dog without knowing how to communicate effectively with it.  Misunderstandings soon develop within the relationship between the two species and problems begin to set in.

In this part of the course will look at the basics of how to read the secret and silent language of dogs and will take closer look at the following body parts they use to talk to us and each other.

  • Tail
  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Nose
  • Body

The Dog’s Tail:

One of the most common misunderstandings you will come across is that a dog owner may say something like; “But I don’t understand why my dog attacked the other dog because his tail was wagging and I thought he was happy?”

The tail is one of the biggest communication tools the dog has so therefore it is important we learn to read it accurately.

dog tail tucked underTail Tucked Under

When the tail is tucked under, the dog will be feeling nervous, fearful or afraid.

The dog would be communicating:

 “I’m nervous & unsure!”

“I am scared & I don’t trust you!”

“I may give a warning snap!

tail waggingTAIL WAGGING HORIZONTAL & MOUTH OPEN

If the tail is horizontal, relaxed and wagging and the mouth is also open then the dog is communicating that it is happy and relaxed.

The dog is saying: “I am happy and relaxed!” Or “I like & trust you!”

We would say that the dog was in a balanced number 5 on the mind scale chart.

TAIL UP DOGTail Up & Wagging

If the tail is erect and up high when wagging, then it can be a signal that the dog is feeling confident and ready for some sort of action.

When the tail is in this position and the dog’s body is also rigid, then a confrontation or attack is possibly about to happen.

The dog is making itself look bigger and is projecting its dominant energy.

They dog would be saying: “I am alert and ready for action!”

“I am asserting my dominance!”

“I may give a warning snap!”

Because the dog’s tail is such a big part of its communication tool set, dogs that have their tail docked can experience more problems when trying to communicate with other dogs, many breeds that have tails docked can become more aggressive and get into more fights with other dogs.

The tail is also used to keep the dog in balance and plays a vital part in its nervous system. Nerves travel all the way down the spine and into the tail so we need to protect these as much as possible.

There are no reasons that justify in my mind, as to why part of the dog’s body should be removed.  Possibly so it pleases some dog owner out there who likes the look of the certain breed they are buying.

Tail docking still happens to certain breeds across the globe and is accepted by organisations such as the Kennel Club.

Canine Angel views tail docking as cruel and unethical and will continue to educate others that dogs need their tails for a number of vital reasons and will work towards the day where all dog’s tails are kept intact and in working order.

eyesThe Dog’s Eyes:

The eyes are often referred to as, “The Window of The Soul” and we can determine so much of what a person or animal may be feeling when we look into them.

An alternative health technique called Iridology is the study of the iris to determine the systematic health of the patient or subject.

A practicing Iridologist can pin point with great accuracy the state of past, present and future health problems just by studying the iris of their subject’s eyes.  We can generally tell if someone is not feeling well or maybe under the weather as their eyes will look dull and have lost their sparkle.

Dogs use their eyes to communicate a whole host of things with us and we often refer to their look as the “Doggy Eyed Look”.  We have all seen a dog cock its head to the side and look deep into our eyes with those big eyes and our hearts just melt.  Dogs have learnt a lot from watching how we communicate with our eyes and have been able to mimic our expressions with finite accuracy.

However, when it comes to communicating with each other, dogs have quite different rules about eye to eye contact.  Whereas humans will give direct eye contact when communicating with each other, dogs will avoid looking into each other’s eyes as much as possible.

If you observe two dogs greeting each other for the first time, you will notice that they will stop and look at each other first from a distance and start the communication process from afar.

If the dogs break eye contact from each other, and it may be the smallest glance away from each other, or you may see one of the dogs start to sniff the ground, then this means the dog is giving a calming signal and communicating that it wants to be friends and would like to approach.

Dogs-Fighting-300x200If you notice that one of the dogs does not break eye contact and continues to stare at the other dog, and you notice this dog’s body is rigid and tense, then it is a signal that is saying “stay away” or “I am more dominant than you” and the dog is signalling a challenge.  If the tail is high and rigid at this time too, then it is very likely if the two dogs meet there will be a confrontation of some sorts.

Staring into a dog’s eyes means a challenge or a confrontation and is likely to cause your dog some discomfort if you stare at them for too long.  It can be common for dog owners to misuse eye signals with their dogs and send out the wrong message to them.

What usually happens when a dog owner is telling the dog off is that the human’s eyes will become large and they will stare right into the dog’s eyes.

The dog will avert eye contact in an attempt to calm their owner down but the owner will misread this and think the dog is looking away because it is feeling guilty.  The dog is usually feeling nervous and afraid of the human’s anger and will slink away and avert eye contact in the hope that it will calm the owner down.

If the dog is in an aggressive state of mind at the time the owner is telling it off or trying to correct it, then the direct eye contact will be seen as a challenge and the dog may see this as a signal to bite or attack back.

The correct way to communicate with a dog, especially when trying to correct an undesired behaviour, is not look into its eyes as you give the correction but to look at another part of its body such as it feet or lower back.  Breaking eye contact with the dog will give it an automatic calming signal and help it to calm down much quicker.  If direct eye to eyecontact is given then the dog is more like to stay in an unbalanced state of mind and feel anxious.

Direct eye to eye contact works very well when the human and dog are relaxed and interacting nicely together.  You will still notice though that dogs will break the eye to eye contact from time to show they are in a relaxed state of mind.

dog ear 1The Dog’s Ears: 

When learning interspecies communication, it is vital to know what the ear positions of the dog mean.

We also need to look at the position of the ear and see what the rest of the body is doing to be able to read what these signals truly mean.

If the ears are pricked up and facing forwards, then the dog is alert and interested in the sounds it can hear around it.

The ears will also prick up when the tail becomes erect if the dog is trying to assert itself in some way.

The dog would be saying: “I’m interested; I am thinking about taking action! .

dog ear 2The ears will generally fall backwards and down when a dog’s tail is tucked under and it is feeling fear.

The dog is saying:

“I’m unhappy or nervous”

“I may growl or snap”

If the tail is not tucked under at the same time, then the dog may tuck its ears back when it is relaxed or wanting to run.  It makes them more aerodynamic if the ears go back when they run.

dog ear 3Ears half way up and forwards generally mean that the dog wants something and is asking for it.

The dog is saying: “I am happy & relaxed!”

The dog would be giving signal that it is at a number 4 or 5 on the mind scale chart and this would be the perfect time to offer affection and praise so to reinforce this state of mind.

Learning to read the ears in conjunction with the other body parts will be enable you to work out what the dog is thinking and feeling in any given time.

dog nose 1The Dog’s Nose:

For the first 16 days of the dog’s life, the eyes and ear canals are closed but their nose is open.

It is the first sense to develop and the dog learns to do everything with its nose first.  It is a highly developed sense that is 100 times stronger than our sense of smell and can detect and pick up on things that humans cannot.

Dogs use their nose in all forms of communication; they will sniff everything in order to gather information about it.  When a new person or object comes into the house, the first thing the dog will want to do is gather the scent and then make a decision about whether it feels safe or not.

dog sniff bumDogs greet each other in a friendly way by sniffing each other’s behinds.

Many dog owners get embarrassed when their dog does this to another dog and will reprimand the dog and attempt to stop this.

This ritual to dogs is like us shaking hands, it is a polite and friendly way to interact with another dog so it is important we let our dogs do this more whenever necessary.

Another time the dog owner may pull the dog away from it sniffing is when it stops to smell a lamppost or bush that another dog has recently visited.

Dogs pick up so much information about the other dog and their surrounding environment when sniffing and will often leave a message of its own for the next dog that comes along.

It is important to understand that it is a very natural and important part of the way dogs communicate with those around them.

Always remember, NEVER SMACK A DOG ON ITS NOSE!

You can cause alot of damage to a dog’s noses, mouth, eyes, teeth, neck and spine when it is smacked on the nose. It amazes me how many vets and dog trainers still suggest this form of correction or punishment to their clients.

At Canine Angel we NEVER abide anyone hitting, smacking or abusing dogs and will always teach about how to communicate with your animal in a calm and balanced manner.

I hope this article has helped with learning how to begin to read the silent but powerful signals our animals send us, but if you would like more training in animal communication then please contact me in the first instance and we can schedule some training time together.

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Nikki Brown

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How To Stop Your Dog Pulling On The Lead & Making Choking Noises!

If you have ever cared or looked after a dog which pulls on the lead, you will know it can be one of the most frustrating and painful issues to come across.

It is in fact probably the number one issue I get called out to help with, so I felt an article maybe helpful to show you the best way of achieving a calm, balanced, safe and secure walk with your furry best friend.

Before I share my top tips for how to achieve a balanced walk with your dog, watch this short training video on why it is so important to start by providing your dog with the correct walking equipment on your walk:

Let’s Start By Looking At The Most DANGEROUS Methods & Equipment Which are Most Commonly Used: 

leashpulling1DANGEROUS & HARMFUL: Lead Attached To Collar or Slip Leads:

This common method puts you and your dog “out of balance” straight away! Leads attached to collars or slip rope leads add enormous pressure on the dog’s throat, thyroid gland, neck, spine, pelvis and leg joints, not to mention the pain and strain it puts on the human’s body too! 

Not only does this method put the dog and human out of balance and cause pain and injury to its body, it causes significant psychological imbalances too.

Just think for a moment how you would feel if you were attached to someone else by your throat and if you made an incorrect decision you would be yanked by the throat to be pulled back into line!

How would that make you feel? It would most certainly put your mind into a state of fear and anxiety, and perhaps even frustration or rage!  So is it any wonder why so many dogs are behaving unruly when attached to their humans?

And what about those dogs who have been so big and strong that they have pulled their humans over causing great injury and embarrassment not to mention loss of confidence, infact some of my clients have lost all confidence so they dont even take their dogs out for a walk anymore which then has a knock on effect at making the human feel guilty. So you see, lots of walking problems stem from all sorts of reasons and these need to be addressed along with a change in equipment.

Leads attached to collars are dangerous and in my opinion, they need to be banned as it is a form of animal abuse. Even if your dog walk’s nicely on the lead and collar and doesn’t pull, it only takes one jerk reaction for damage to be done.

Did you know, that all dogs who display aggressive tendencies, have issues with their thyroid glands which are located in the throat. Therefore it is extremely important that we take off pressure around the neck and transfer it to a much safer place on the dog’s body.

I have outlined below some of the more dangerous walking equipment which in my opinion should be banned as they cause a great deal of suffering and abuse to any animal that wears them: 

Lead pullingDANGEROUS & HARMFUL : Extendable or Retractable Leads: 

These have to be one of the most popular items sold for dogs walks, yet they are my biggest bugbear of all. They are so incredibly dangerous, for dog, for human and for other dogs who maybe interacting with a dog who is attached to a human with one of these lines.

To be honest most people who buy one of these soon, dump it in the bin as they realise what a nightmare it is to use and it offers no control whatsoever over the dog.

I mean, how can you  properly control a dog which is attached by such a thin wire? The same thin wire which can cause deep slices into the flesh like a cheese wire cutting through cheese.

I have witnessed numerous slices through flesh on my own dog, Annie, when she has interacted with a dog on of these leads and got tangled up in one of them!

1382418_594900653882243_2008741296_nSome people have nearly even lost their fingers when trying to grab the wire to pull their dog in. The wire gets wrapped around trees, bushes and lampposts and I’ve seen dogs dart out into the road nearly causing motor accidents when on one of these things!

Seriously please do not waste your money on one of these highly dangerous contraptions and if you are still using one of these, please put it in the bin and invest in some safe equipment before you cause an accident and put yourself & your dog through any more unnecessary harm or stress!

chokechain-1DANGEROUS & HARMFUL: Prong collars & Electric Shock Collars: 

I can’t believe anyone would buy one of these contraptions for their dogs but sadly they do! These are just barbaric and cause serious damage to a dog as seen in the image below!

flio0422jonah-01jpg-b744a9eeacfe0e0dCanine Angel will never support prong or electric shock collars and will continue to educate others about the dangers of them. This is the highest form of abuse and these contraptions need to be BANNED WORLDWIDE. 

 

DANGEROUS & HARMFUL: Halti Head Collars: 

thI do not think I have ever seen a “happy dog” with a Halti on and most hate them with a passion! I have to reiterate that anything that causes pain on a dog is a form of abuse, so when these contraptions rub and cause sores and infections on the dogs face, nose and eyes, then yes, that is abuse.  My other concern though, is the psychological effect these dangerous contraptions are causing our animals, such as fear, anxiety, irritability, rage, sadness and depression.

Think about it: “Just as we feel irritable if we are walking in shoes that don’t fit or that are rubbing, your dog will pull and misbehave on the lead if it does not feel comfortable with what you have provided for it.”

Dog’s cant talk to us and tell us how they are feeling and alot of misbehaviours are communication from them that they are not happy with something we are doing and they want us to change things.

The dog will just associate its walking equipment with pain and discomfort, perhaps a yelling at and even a smack, so when you get its lead and and say “Walkies”, it might starting jumping up or run for cover, trying to tell you that its not happy with the equipment you have provided for it.

Ensuring that you have the most comfortable and safe walking equipment for your dog will mean that you both will enjoy your walk together alot more and lead pulling becomes a thing of the past. It is worth investing some time and money into the proper equipment as it will save you even more money and heartache down the line.

So what is the “The safest and most comfortable dog walking equipment in the world?” I hear you ask!

Well I have tried and tested everything and the ONLY solution which I have found is one that both the human and the dog absolutely LOVE!

SAFE & COMFORTABLE: Hand Made Fleece or Airmesh Harnesses, with matching 2m Fleecy Training Lead.

As seen in the video at the top, it’s crucial that you get a hand-made harness to fit your dog like a glove so there is NO rubbing or chaffing anywhere.

splashy harnessPutting a good fitting harness on your dog will immediately help it feel safe and secure with you and by using the special lead wrap around technique which I developed, you can soon bring even the biggest and strongest dogs back into balance whilst they are attached to you.

 

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Other Factors To Consider To Help You Achieve a Balanced Walk With Your Dog.

Now we have taken a look at equipment and learnt what is best for our furry friends, we need to ask ourselves some other questions if we wish to achieve a really happy, calm and balanced walk with our canine companions!

The first step to solving any kind of problem, is to first identify where it is stemming from and what are the factors that are causing it. For instance, “Behaviour” is just the “symptom”, it is NOT the “cause”.

For instance, If your dog is pulling on the lead, (behaviour) we need to ask “Why?” before just giving the dog a label and saying “He is Naughty!” or “He is just disobedient!” as that won’t solve anything.

So trying to just change the behaviour is not the most successful way to go about things, first of all you need to identify the actual causes. Let us take a look at some of the factors that might be causing issues out on your dog walk.

  1. What equipment is the dog wearing?  
  2. What state of mind is the dog in when he ventures outside into the big wide world? Is he happy and relaxed or anxious and fearful? Agitated or unbalanced in some way?
  3. What state of mind is the human in? Is the human happy and relaxed or are they also agitated, fearful, anxious or in some sort of physical pain which is effecting their energy and mood?
  4. What foods are being fed to the dog and human which may unbalance their natural energy flow? Toxicity, sugars, E numbers, chemicals etc found in processed foods play a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves and the world around us and effect our energy levels and moods.
  5. What medications are the dog or human on that might cause neurological, psychological or psychical symptoms that agitate the balance of your walk together?
  6. What about hormones, the nervous system and immune system? These can have an effect on both you and your animal companions state of mind and well-being.
  7. What environmental stress is around, such as noise and chemical pollution, other dogs, natural occurrences like weather or thunderstorms? Again, these can all play a significant part in looking at why dogs and humans are unbalanced on their dog walks.

A small example of this: Through Canine Angel’s Bio Resonance Therapy Service, we found high levels of pesticides in my dog’s system which were directly coming from the train track that we would cross every day on our walk. These toxins affected Annie’s pancreas, liver and kidney’s so much that it compromised her nervous and immune system and she developed nervous behaviour and would bolt at the slightest sound in her environment and begin shaking from head to toe!

E-Lybra-Scanner-titleWithout the aid of bio resonance, I would have never have located the exact cause and would have never received the right treatment for her to bring her nervous system and organs back into balance. Once she went through the Bio Resonance Therapy, she stopped bolting at the slightest sound and her confidence recovered again

I hope these tips have helped, but if you would like to study and learn more, then you can receive my training in a number of ways including: Private 1-2-1 mentoring and tuition through Skype, telephone and home visits, group training through seminars or workshops or self study through my home study course which as just been released into the market.

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