Better communication with your Pet – Part 1

Wouldn’t it be nice to more effectively communicate with your pet?

Unless you are a professional animal communicator, you probably wish you could understand and communicate better with your pet. Most of us feel somewhat limited in our communication with them and wish we could be better at it.

I am not a professional animal communicator. I have studied animal communication greatly and am an animal intuitive. I use this intuitive ability in my practice when doing animal Reiki, distance healings, Grief healings from pet loss and Pet Honoring & Memorial services.

These intuitive abilities allow me to get information about the pet that is useful for the session. These same techniques can help you communicDog and Cat togetherate better and have a closer relationship with your pet, as well.

I will first overview how animals communicate. This will help you understand where they are coming from and what they are looking for. Then, I will give some ideas on what you can do on your end.

While animals do use sound like we do, they also take it a bit deeper. They feel ‘completely’ the message they are sending. There is no discrepancy with what they ‘say’, think and what they feel.

They look for the same in you. They often get confused when your mind is picturing/thinking one thing and your emotions/voice are emitting something different.

They are in tune with the images you carry in your mind. How you picture things matters. Where your heart is matters.

So, first, it is important to slow down and be clear with the message you are sending. Humans tend to be very rushed and hurried with communication. We have a tendency to put greater emphasis on the actual words than anything else when, truly, it is everything else (intonation, tone, gestures, feeling, etc.) that really

So, rule number 1: Match up the words/meaning of the message with the image in your mind.

i.e. If you are trying to tell your cat not to pee in the bed…repeated images of the cat peeing in the bed will send the wrong message. The cat may get the message that you are saying it is ok to pee in the bed. So, when trying to communicate an alternate behavior, picture the desired behavior. Rather than seeing the cat peeing in the bed, see the cat peeing in the litter box or outside.

Rule number 2: Match the feeling with the message.

We, as humans, are often so rushed with thoughts that we can think things like “I love you” and not necessarily have the same feeling at the same time. Your pet picks up on the feel of what you say rather than the actual words. You can say “peanut butter” in a stern, mean tone and you can watch your pet slink away as if they had done something wrong. Then, you can say the same words in a loving, sweet way and they just melt.

It is the feeling behind the words that they pick up on. So, practice pairing the words with the feeling, and remember to slow everything down.Pet Honoring Flower

I like to think of the last part as saying the words ‘with your heart’. It is easiest to practice, at first, with the phrase “I Love you”. We all know these words and we all know how these words feel in our heart. We know the feeling this phrase evokes within us. So, I recommend practicing saying this phrase, “I love youwhile truly feeling in your heart how this
feels. Then, feel in your heart how this feels. Then, you can easily feel how it is to say “I love you” with your inner voice, from your heart. Pretty cool, huh?

This is what our pets do. They say ‘words’ with their heart. This is why you can look at them and ‘feel’ when they are saying “I love you.” They are communicating with us at a nonverbal level. We are doing this with them, as well. So, it is just a matter of recognizing this and practicing and working more in the nonverbal realm.

Once you do this a bunch of times, you can practice this with other words and phrases. This is how to more effectively be clear with your message to your pet. You can even do this with expressing things like you’ll be back tomorrow. Pair this with a feeling and an image. See the image of the sun setting, rising and you entering the house door, delighted to see your pet.

Doing exercises like these will truly increase the closeness and communication you have with your pet.


-L. Leigh Love


L. Leigh Love is a Spiritual Counselor/Teacher, Animal Communicator, Certified Intuitive Counselor and Certified Life Coach. She is a Reiki Master Teacher and Advanced Pranic Healer. As well, she draws on over 20 years of training in Psychology, Spiritual Studies and the Healing Arts. She has a passion for helping clients heal and live their best lives. She holds a non-denominational ordination and is the author of the award-winning children’s book, Roly-Poly and the Light. Author website is Spiritual website

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7 thoughts on “Better communication with your Pet – Part 1

  1. Leigh,

    My dog has had issues with her neck and back for a while now and has been effectively receiving chiropractic treatments for close to two years. However, she has always been quite uncomfortable with the treatments and has resisted them from the very start. After reading your recent post on communicating more effectively with our pets, I felt that your perspective on how animals communicate seemed so insightful, so I decided to give some of your suggestions a try. Before we left for her appointment today, I had a ‘chat’ with my dog using the visualization techniques that you suggested while truly speaking from my heart. I verbally and visually explained to her what the veterinarian was doing and imagined her walking and running pain free as a result of the treatment. I did the same during the appointment and for the first time, she remained calm and didn’t pull away from the vet. Even her vet commented on how unusually calm she was during the treatment. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have a better understanding of how to more effectively communicate with my dog on a daily basis and even intend to practice those techniques with other ‘humans’, as well. Thank you for sharing your special insight. I can tell that it’s already made a difference in my relationship with my best friend!

  2. How fabulous. I love hearing this. I’m glad it helped ease some anxiety. It is good stuff. It is so heart warming to feel closer with our pets. Thanks for sharing, would love to hear more as you keep going…so beautiful!

  3. I couldn’t agree more 🙂 I’ve started watching how other people communicate with animals, too… very interesting. Though of course the best is noticing your own quality of communication–and starting to get messages back!

  4. I couldn’t agree more! And it’s so amazing when you start to realize that you’re receiving really specific messages back (I start to give myself the credit for being intuitive and then I’m like, oh, no, actually Charlie just told me that… 🙂 )

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