The #1 Thing You Can Do RIGHT NOW to Better Communicate with Your Pet

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As an animal intuitive, I often work with people who are concerned about their pet’s health or who are anxious to find out why their pet is displaying a particular behavior. I love working with animals and their humans in this way, because it’s a type of problem solving that produces an almost immediate solution.

“Your dog is upset because of the move to the new house,” or “Your cat does not like the noise in the apartment next door” are very gratifying things to be able to tell someone because the humans involved have the opportunity to make changes in their environment and often experience an instantaneous shift with their pet.

But there’s another question people always ask that I find even more enjoyable to answer – and it’s probably the same thing you’re wondering – how can you better communicate with your pet? When I hear this question, I always get excited!

Animals communicate intuitively with one another every day. When you see two dogs 40 yards apart in a field, crouched down, watching one another – they are using their eyes for communication, but they’re also using their intuitive abilities. They have conversations with each other like, “I’m going to jump on you!” and “No, you’re not! I’m going to get you first and then run around that tree!”

So, how can humans tap into an animal’s innate intuitive language?

Through images!

Animals are very visual beings. Their intuitive sight is so strong that, not only can they send images to one another, but they can also see the pictures we hold in our head as we speak!

Learning this should open up a whole new avenue of communication with your pet. For example, when you’re going to be late, just imagine “sending” an image of a clock to your dog that depicts when you’ll be home. Or when you want your cat to meet your new boyfriend, imagine “sending” her an image of your boyfriend sitting on the floor playing happily with her or of you looking lovingly into your boyfriend’s eyes. Easy right?

Give this a try with your pet today. Send your horse an image of his new saddle or tell your turtle you love her by sending her a picture of a big heart. Yes, it’s that easy!

And no need to worry! Animals are always tapping in to their humans, so you can’t mis-send an image. Your pet will know, innately, exactly how to pick it up!

*This article was originally featured on Beyond

12 replies
  1. Lisa Schultz
    Lisa Schultz says:

    Hello! Thank you so much for helping me accept the loss of my dog, and how you said they plan it makes sense and the Energy before they leave the body. It was so sudden, and yet he was so calm! Very traumatic though. I just want to understand why he left that and what he wanted to teach me. I have no guilt over his death, nor regrets the day of his death. He was absolutely fine and vibrant then collapsed while eating. I guess I have guilt over not have the intuition to prepare.

  2. Deanna
    Deanna says:

    I have been overwhelmed since finding your site this morning. Though my beloved Marley has passed over I feel him soooo strongly but not sure if I am “getting” more from him than lots love. ( how dense can I be) I think I may have figured out a thing or two just since being on your site. Thank you. … What is the promo code?

  3. Rob
    Rob says:

    We found a cat and he joined the other 2 cats. They are trying to come to terms with each other. Sometimes they fight and we have to separate them. What to do? The new cat is dominate and he has such presence.

    • danielle
      danielle says:

      Hi Rob – that’s a hard one. It would probably be best to do a private session so I can connect with the cats to find out what is going on and what you can do. I wouldn’t want to give you a general answer here without connecting in to them. You can contact my office for an appointment if you’d like. I will say that sometimes just relaxing and giving them time is the best thing – but that is a general answer. I hope you figure it out! ~Danielle

  4. Fred
    Fred says:

    In reading your comments page Sue mentions a dolphin story. I had a beautiful experience while swimming with wild dolphins off big island a couple years ago. I was greeted promptly by the curious observers of me. They swam around and played with me innocently. Then I started swimming after them and they left me. After 10 to 15 minutes no dolphins. I sensed my nature was not in harmony with theirs. I closed my eyes and stated to myself “I AM LOVE” , within a few seconds a pod of dolphins came rushing to me from the bottom depths to surround me. How wonderful to be with these beautiful loving beings of pure love!

  5. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    Please tell me–can someone visualize cats being hit on the road cause it to be so?
    Is it possible for a person to cause harm, as well as joy? Can a person who uses cats as a tool to be liked use their trust to cause them harm? I have followed your work, and visualize the ferals safe. Close to the house. Warm and comfortable, but free.

    A woman who asked to help with the cats. As much as I have tried to accept her help, she uses them as tools. I am overwhelmed and undermined. My house is over run with ferals. I have asked the woman to leave again, and again a precious one dies on the road. Every time I ask her to leave a cat dies on the road… Am I nuts? Do I just need to collect all the ferals and take them to a center where they will be safe and cared for?

    I have lived here most of my life. There have always been barn cats. I cannot ever recall any being hit by a car. Ever. Now, when I enforce a care plan for the cats and ask for this lady to leave… Again a cat dies on the road. This has happened 3 times. And a rehomed dog I brought home was shot by a neighbor another time I asked her to leave.

    Is my vision of this being a safe haven wrong? Is this something I have caused with my ego?

  6. Nos
    Nos says:

    Kittys are good…if you have mice. We have the dog and cat partnership here. The dog ptretcos her and she chases mice. Sometimes they hunt together. Be sure to check the breed background before deciding which puppy (if you ever really get one). Our dog is a collie/border collie mix. I picked her for being a collie, but when the border collie was thrown in WOW! Her first 2 yrs. she was emotionally immature. Even with dog training we were perplexed. Then at age 2 she finally showed her stuff…fantastic dog now! Totally smart, loyal and responsive. We love her but it was a JOB those first 2 years.

  7. Sue
    Sue says:

    Hi Danielle,
    I have taken your beginner course & attempt to communicate with my dog and others often. Communicating with the 4 animals at the end of instruction needs improvement. Being an intuitive is something that I have wanted to do for some time. Going on one of your trips would be fascinating as they appear to be very well planned out. I was amazed at your dolphin swim story and how you continue to evolve and grow yourself. My biggest concern is that perhaps this is not in my destiny. You are so enthusiastic and self assured about communicating can be for everyone. Suggestions? (Keep trying, eh?!) Love what you do. You are amazing!

    • danielle
      danielle says:

      Hi Sue – working live with a group is really a great way to hone your skills – especially if you’re stuck on an area, which it sounds like you are. A live workshop might be the way to go… or maybe I’ll see you on one of the retreats!

  8. janet dyer
    janet dyer says:

    I find that some of my animals respond very clearly to my communication (words or images). For instance, Nobu, a cat, has already shown me that he “gets it.”

    And yet he’s also my most skittish cat. I’ve tried telling him in many ways that I would love to pet him without making him nervous, but he doesn’t seem to “believe” that enough to make it happen.

    When an animal doesn’t respond, is it just a matter of “I don’t want to”?

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Well, think of it this way. If you told a nervous person there was no reason to be nervous, do you think that would immediately change the person’s nervousness? Words aren’t really the challenge – it’s the action. There is probably something your behavior or energy that needs to shift so that he can FEEL the safety, rather than be told there is safety, but not feel it at the same time. I hope that helps! <3

      • janet dyer
        janet dyer says:

        Well, I’ve tried to let him know that I’m willing for it to happen in his time, not mine. But it’s true that it’s become kind of a cycle: I know he’s jumpy and that makes me tentative. And no doubt it doesn’t help that I feel kind of frustrated that after all this time he trusts me a lot but not enough to pet him (unless it’s on his back when he’s distracted by eating!). But thanks for the advice. I’ll have another chat with him. 🙂


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