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.

Love and Light

Nikki Brown

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About canineangel

My name is Nikki Brown and I am The UK’s Leading Natural Dog Whisperer. I earned my reputation as “The Canine Angel” through helping pet owners all over the world solve and prevent both health and behavioural problems using a totally natural and holistic approach. My passion and life’s mission is to be able to help spread what the animals have taught me over the years and educate and inspire others about how they can solve their pet’s problems using completely natural, kind and holistic solutions to every health or behaviour problem imaginable!
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