Communicating with WildlifeJuly 9, 2016
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With a new puppy in the family I find myself returning to basics – basic puppy training and basic theory for communicating effectively. Perhaps a review of the basics is in order for all of us!
We are communicating to our animals all the time. Whether we are intentional or unintentional, our pets are picking up on our energy and our telepathic communications. If you are intentional about just one thing on a daily basis let it be this: be specific and direct about what you are asking for. If we start with this premise, all other basic reminders follow naturally.
- Say what you want, avoid communicating what you don’t want. Ex: “Be quiet” or “stay calm” is much easier to express and more likely to be heard and understood than “stop barking” or “don’t jump on me.” Give them direction so they can succeed; phrase in the positive of the outcome we are seeking.
- Go ahead and set expectations, and do that BEFORE you need to make a correction. Ex: “Today I expect you to use the litter box every single time.” You can say this to your kitty first thing in the morning, before you even get out of bed, and continue to reinforce and remind through the day.
- Corrections are part of your life together, even when our animals are mature and have lived with us for a long time. Learning is an ongoing process. Ex: If your horse continues to have challenging trailer loading behaviors, remind her as you approach the trailer that this is a new day, and a new opportunity to load quickly and easily. A quick and easy load means getting to the destination for your trail ride that much faster, and won’t that be glorious!
- All day, every day, share your appreciation for your beloved animal companion’s role in your life. You can be specific about how they keep you calm, teach you patience, help you laugh, or your appreciation can be general with a simple feeling of “I love all that you give to me and the family.”
How do we communicate? I like to speak my communications aloud. It helps me formulate exactly, specifically, my intended communication. Sometimes saying a phrase out loud alerts me to a better, more productive way to express my intention. You can speak silently to your pets if that is your preference. Again, the key is to formulate specific intentions then simply feel them in your heart, body, and soul.