8 Tips to Enhance Your Communication with Your Dog

What if I told you there was a way to bypass the language barrier that you experience with your dog? Well, I believe that anyone who seeks to be a better communicator with their dog can achieve this by getting in touch with their intuition.

Your intuition is a powerful way to receive and send communication with not just your dog, but all beings. From a holistic perspective, there are so many benefits to being intentional with your intuition and using it to guide you. But, when it comes to connecting with your dog, this method of communication opens up bigger and better possibilities for your partnership to thrive.

 

How intuition connects us all

For over 30 years now, I’ve been following a holistic lifestyle. Practicing mindfulness and various other alternative complementary modalities have helped my dogs and I come into what I call a holistic balance. This approach worked so well for me and my health, that when I wanted to learn more about how it might help my dogs, I turned to the book, Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats. So, I want to share this quote with you by Susan Hubble Pitcairn, which I believe summarizes my perspective about animals, my work, and the universe:

 

“Everything connects to everything, which connects to everything else. You can’t understand life in fragments. From a wider perspective, the topic of natural care for dogs and cats offers an enormous opportunity to show the value of taking a holistic approach to any aspect of life.”

 

I love this idea that nature, our bodies, our dog’s bodies, and everything, interconnects. This got me thinking about how I consider wellbeing to be a balance of all parts, including the mind, body, emotions, and the spirit of a being. But anything that affects one being affects the beings around it. This is especially true within a family group. It’s vital that we understand this to see how we all fit together and exist in harmony, and a core concept taught in the Dancing Hearts Partnership Lifestyle Method.

It was here I started to think about how we can be more mindful and intentional as we live our lives. One of the ways we can do this is to use our intuition to guide us. Our intuition gathers information in the purest form before processing it through our senses and delivering it into our brains. It’s part of our human design. I believe that all beings and creatures are connected in this way.

 

“I have no doubt about the profound connection that exists between humans and animals”

 

How to communicate through intuition

You already tap into your intuition all of the time – but you might not necessarily realize it. However, when you use your intuition with intention, you can use it to bypass the language barrier that you have with your dog. Intuition is a far more direct form of communication than any other. It allows you to listen to and understand your dog through communication that is beyond the physical senses and beyond the language limitations.

When you tap into your intuitive communication, you can connect animal-to-animal with your dog. This can lead to resolving undesired behaviors, physical imbalances, and illnesses as you become more open to listening. We are used to being the primary communicator with animals, but animals don’t communicate in the same way as us. It’s only by using your intuition can you approach a truly different style of conversation.

Of course, animals do not speak our language! But you can interpret their thoughts and feelings when you share an awareness with them. I’ve seen this time and time again in my work with animals and their people. Now, I have no doubt in the profound connection that exists between humans and animals, all of nature and the cosmos. Our dogs can be our teachers and healers, and they have so much to share with us when we’re willing to listen.

 

“We can tap into our intuitive communication to help resolve undesired behaviors, physical imbalances, and illnesses.”

 

So, with all that in mind, I’d like to share with you eight tips that you can use to tap into your intuition and communicate better with your dog. The amazing animal communicator Penelope Smith originally inspired these tips. I’ve since adapted and developed them to help my students be more receptive to intuitive communication from their dogs. Let’s dive in.

 

  1. Approach others with respect

Your behavior and attitude towards others is the single most influential factor to communicating intuitively. When you treat fellow beings with respect and as your contemporaries (even if they’re in a different physical form than you), they will be more willing to communicate with you – and you’ll be more receptive too! However, if you believe that other beings are inferior to you or are substandard in any way, you will limit your ability to perceive and understand them as they truly are.

 

  1. Be humble and receptive

By demonstrating your humility, you’re showing that you’re ready to be receptive. Your dog, other beings, and nature can teach you so much. But it’s only when you can embrace being humble and open that you can truly learn from others.

 

  1. Believe in your intuitive abilities

How you feel about using your intuition can change how effective it is for you. When you believe in using your intuition and accept your abilities as they are, it allows you to open up to giving and receiving communication in this way.

 

  1. Be ready to receive

If your mind is constantly busy and full of thoughts, it can be very difficult to hear when your dog wants to communicate with you. Being mentally quiet and alert can help us listen better and communicate more clearly. To achieve a quiet mind takes practice. You may need to make lifestyle changes, such as avoiding certain foods and drink (like caffeine or sugar) or manage challenging environmental conditions. How you react to your environment can make you fatigued or agitated and hinder your intuition.

Adopting habits or practices that reduce stress can help make you more receptive. Eating a balanced diet, exercising, resting, and spending time with your dog in nature are all ways we can calm our minds and be ready to receive.

 

  1. Change your ideas and expectations

Making judgments or having preconceived ideas can greatly limit our receptivity. So, let go of your conventions and notions. Work on expanding your worldview of what you and other species are capable of! Open your mind to the unexpected, and you might be surprised what you can learn.

 

  1. Find emotional peace and detach

When you emotionally invest in what your dog is communicating to you, it can influence your communication. Projecting our own emotions onto our dog or other beings will affect how they respond to you. It will impact what they’re willing to share. Whether these are feelings of love, fear, sadness, or anger, they will inhibit your reception. Emotionally detach yourself. This allows your natural empathy to shine through and create a much deeper connection.

 

  1. Be alert yet calm

You shouldn’t force your communication. It should be relaxed and natural, like when you’re hanging out with your friends or your dog. You don’t want to be so relaxed that you’re groggy and unreceptive – you still need to be in a state of alert. But it should be calm alertness. There should be no anxiety about your communication. So, lean back, open your chest, breathe deeply, relax and be ready to receive.

 

“You should be comfortable, willing and happy to use your intuitive senses to communicate with your dog.”

 

  1. Allow the communication to assume its own form

Communication might come to you in many different ways – it’s up to you to accept it in that form. There’s no need to over-analyze, evaluate or criticize what’s being communicated or how. Remember to remain non-judgemental, detached, and acknowledge the communication. Know and trust your intuitive strengths. The meaning will unfold by itself.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these tips. I also hope that they’ve opened your mind and your heart up to new possibilities. Now, imagine what life will be like when you and your dog truly understand one another!

 

If you’d like to work with me and learn how to create a partnership lifestyle for you and your dog, you can request an invitation to join us in the Brilliant Partners Academy when the doors open for the next enrollment!

You can listen to everything I talked about in this blog post over on my podcast – Enlightened By Dogs. It’s episode 145, which you can listen to here.

One response to “8 Tips to Enhance Your Communication with Your Dog”

  1. Kathy says:

    Thank you for your insight, education, and calmness in sharing these podcasts. I have been trying to put all of your lessons to use with my difficult dog. I especially appreciated the one about not putting triggers in our dogs lives when walking. I have used this particular lesson today in dog

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