Animal Behaviors

October 8, 2018

Change the Narrative

Recently a client commented that the family had been living with a behavior from their pet long enough that they had normalized it. It’s not that they weren’t aware and still frustrated, rather they had given up or stopped working consistently with their pet’s behavioral shifts. They were no longer seeing the possibilities of change. The client felt refreshed with enthusiasm after our consultation and interested in revisiting both tried and new training techniques, this time coupled with holding a vision, or […]
May 5, 2018

How to Communicate a Change in Seasons

No matter in which hemisphere you live, there will be a change of seasons. Hours of sunlight shortening or lengthening, temperature changes, and the overall energy shift during these transitions from winter to summer or vice versa are noticeable to all. You may notice some changes – subtle or obvious – with your animals as they adjust. It’s natural, so how can we best help our pets in the seasonal change? Example Communications Our job and biggest desire is to keep our pets safe. […]
January 9, 2018

How We Set Expectations

I often suggest in my consultations that clear, positive expectations can be used as reinforcement after our communication with the pets. The same is true for setting fresh expectations as new needs develop. Let’s focus on your role in setting expectations. 1. What expectation do you want to set? Why? Is it realistic? There is no value in setting an expectation that falls short or is doomed to fail. 2. Be clear with yourself first on what outcome is expected: a joyful use of the litter box […]
July 9, 2016

Communicating with Wildlife

I am blessed to live in an environment with regular wildlife encounters. Just this morning I watched an elk cow and her newborn calf cautiously make their way around my house in front of my office windows, disappearing into the heavily wooded area to wait out the heat of the day. Not everyone lives with elk, deer, or fox as regular visitors; however wildlife is all around in the form of squirrels, birds, and butterflies, even in the busiest of city parks. Communicating with […]
January 18, 2016

Introducing a Youngster to Your Animal Family

There are special challenges when introducing a puppy, kitten, or any young animal into an existing animal family. Every circumstance is unique and requires individualized solutions, and there are two recent client consultations which we can use as general examples. A cat family is ready for a new kitty companion. The existing cats have been consulted before and during each foster experience which has helped the human to know what characteristics are most likely to work for all. Both existing cats have preferences: the […]
July 13, 2015

Capture the Memories!

These days it is so simple to snap a photo with our cell phone or iPad. It’s quick, easy, and fun to capture a special moment here or there. It’s becoming easier to capture memories via video, too, but do we take advantage of the technology as much as we should? When we flip through our phone’s photo gallery the memories of our adventures with our pets come flooding back. These photos are priceless and even more so when our pets pass on. But what about capturing the moment in video? Most […]
January 8, 2015

Communicating with Rescue Animals

A large part of my animal communication practice is dedicated to animals who have been rescued by loving families. Many rescue animals come into their new families emotionally healthy; however some rescued animals have a past experience which requires time for healing. Every animal has different emotional needs which can be worked with. Some rescue animals have fears or separation anxiety to overcome. Some have more complex difficulties due to the treatment they received in their past. Generally a little time, patience, and lots of love will make a huge difference in […]
October 18, 2014

How to “Hold the Energy” for our Pets

What does it mean to “hold the energy” when we are with our pets? It’s selecting a concept and feeling it, breathing it, believing it deeply in our core. It takes some focus because out in the world there are distractions. When we can remain conscious and consistently directed at our chosen end-result, however, the results follow. Let’s practice: Fluffy has had some litter box mistakes. Her vet has given her a clean bill of health and a professional animal communicator has identified Fluffy’s reasons […]
March 21, 2012

Understanding Undesirable Behaviors

All of us with animals in our lives occasionally witness behaviors which we hope never to see exhibited again. A deliberate indoor urination accident, digging up the freshly planted flower garden, and cribbing are often a means of acting out from frustration, anger, disappointment, boredom, or are a means of testing just exactly how much is going to be allowed. When clients call with behavior related questions, I am careful to not jump to conclusions about the root cause of the issue. True, often there is […]
July 14, 2011

Belief and Trust in Animal Communication

I get it. Animal communication is hard to wrap our brains around. There is no widely known scientific explanation for it. It takes a lot of trust, and an ongoing belief that animal communication works. Belief and trust can be really hard to hold on to when we experience a “hear one thing, but observe the opposite” phenomenon during an animal communication session. There are several examples of clients receiving information from their pet that doesn’t directly align with their observations: […]