4 Ways to Understand Your Pet

Most of us would like to understand our companion animals better, but we’re not sure how to begin communicating with them. Here are the four basic methods used by animal communicators to receive information from animals. All humans have the ability to receive information in one or more of these ways. You can learn how, too!

Spend some quiet time with your pet, with the intention of learning something important about her or him. Close your eyes, if you like. You may want to stroke your pet gently and let your mind open and your body relax. Now, in your mind, ask your pet to tell you something she or she wants you to know. How does information come to you? Pay attention to the particular way you receive, so you can develop the mode that is most comfortable for you.

These are the four basic ways that humans receive deep information:

Clairvoyance (French for “clear seeing” or “clear vision“) is the ability to see images not normally perceived. Usually this refers to the projection of a picture, a slide show or even a short movie of an animal doing something, which plays within the darkened theater of the receiver‘s mind. Sometimes perspective shifts and the communicator views the scene as if through the animal‘s eyes.)

Clairaudience (“clear hearing”) is an inner hearing that can include sounds as well as words. These may be sounds an animal hears, though distinct words and sentences may also be heard on the inner level, rather like thoughts. Communicators say there is a qualitative difference between hearing your thoughts and hearing the thoughts of an animal.

Clairsentience (“clear feeling”) is the realm of kinesthetic feeling. This can include taste, smell, and other physical sensations. Communicators who work with sick animals may feel aches and pains in their body corresponding to the aches and pains of the animal. Feelings such as depression, lethargy, or apprehension may be perceived in this manner; emotions are also a form of clairsentience.

Intuition may be translated as inner knowing, a form of immediate insight. A good intuition is sometimes accompanied by a case of the willies, those tingly ghost fingers that lightly creep up over the top of your spine, making all the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention, an obvious indication that something important is happening here. Intuition is a strong inner sensing or gut feeling.

Adapted from “Animal Voices” by Dawn Baumann Brunke (Inner Traditions, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Dawn Baumann Brunke. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from “Animal Voices” by Dawn Baumann Brunke (Inner Traditions, 2002).


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Berenice Guedes d.

Amazing! Sometimes one of my cats looks at me as if he wants to tell me something. I will certainly try this techniques with him. Thanks!

Lita C.
IuiPat a7 years ago

This poem is for Maria Elena and anyone else who has lost a pet. It is a message from "us" to "them.......heartbending.

We have a secret, you and I,
That no one else shall know,
For who, but I can see you lie,
Each night, in fire glow?
And who but I can reach my hand
Before we go to bed,
And feel the living warmth of you
And touch your silken head?
And only I walk woodland paths,
And see, ahead of me,
Your large form racing with the wind,
So young again, and free.
And only I can see you swim
In every brook I pass...
And, when I call, no one but I
Can see the bending grass.
— Author Unknown

My "Mr. Tip" was with me 15 years, 1 month and 12 days. I found him, as a puppy, taped up in a box that was on a busy street. We went everywhere together. I am a photographer and I was working on a book on a reservation. I was photographing a rodeo and there was an accident in the arena. I saw movement coming from my left and it was Tippy. He was coming to my aid. It was the first time he had ever broken discipline and left the truck. He had to jump out the window, run to the wire fence, climb it and land and run to me. We had an understanding that allowed us to do so much together. We saw wild elk, wolves, coyotes, owls, (we stood within 10 feet of a Great Gray owl in Yellowstone for 10 minutes) all sorts of wildlife and he never ever moved a hair. He knew that we were seeing special creatures. Coyotes came up to our campfire one night and we laid there

Mari Basque
Mari 's7 years ago

Pets might not speak our language but they do communicate!

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M7 years ago

There is a lot to this. While having had pets all my life & sensitive to them, I never considered myself a "whisperer', however our new rescue dog has taught me much in a short time. I have learned, mostly by paying attention to his behavior & cues, of his fears of storms & trucks, only to learn, thru Xrays that he, indeed, had been in a terrible vehicle accident with multiple fractures of hips/legs. As guesses became fact, and we have been able to help him, his depression & sadness has been replaced with happiness. We now know "his story".

Stephen N.
Stephen N7 years ago

I've never had a problem "talking" WITH my nearly 60 years worth of other-species pals. It's in the eyes and the tone of voice or bark or meow or whinny or chirp. They're not trying to teach me calculus, nor am I them. We just converse about day-to-day stuff. Listen with your physical and psychic senses. Animals undertand our yakking much better than most humans understand the reverse.

Lois M.
Lois M7 years ago

I just recently acquired my third dog. So far he is acting just as his breed states that he would. The only difference is when he looks at me it's almost like he's trying to talk to me, and a total stranger said he must be totally in love with me to be looking at me the way he was (I was humming a song to him at the time)

Philippa P.
Philippa P7 years ago


Dianne Elko
Past Member 7 years ago

animals rule!