Do Dogs Have Feelings

Do Dogs Have Feelings Like Low Self Esteem or Guilt?

Do you ever wonder if your pet can feel badly about themselves? Do dogs and other animals have poor self-image? This is what we’re going to talk about today.  Watch the video (closed captions) or read the transcript below to learn more!

Do Wild Birds Feel Badly About Themselves?

We have installed all these bird feeders around our house. They are all over, and the bird feeder will frequently have small goldfinches, titmouse, and nuthatches visiting. There are bigger birds that visit too; like doves, cardinals, and lately an oriole keeps showing up. 

But what happened when the Blue Jay showed up is SO interesting! . 

The blue is much bigger than the goldfinches. There are a whole bunch of goldfinches sitting on the feeder, enjoying themselves – until the Blue Jay appears and flies right into the middle of the feeder. It was like he was saying, “ike “I am here!” The goldfinches immediately  fluttered away and sat watching on the railing close by or in the trees near the house.

As a sensitive and caring human being, I felt badly for the goldfinches.  I thought to myself, “Those poor goldfinches, they’re not getting enough food, they’re being pushed out of the way by the bigger bird!” What is really going on here?

Since  I’m an animal communicator, I decided to go straight to the birds and ask them. 

The Natural Hierarchy of Energy in Birds

So, I gently connected into this goldfinch that was watching safely from the railing.

“Do you feel badly about that blue jay pushing you out of the way from the bird seed?” 

The goldfinch simply replied, “It’s just the way it is.” That’s all! And if a goldfinch could have done a shoulder shrug, that’s what the goldfinch would have done. 

I was intrigued. That goldfinch didn’t feel badly about their interaction with Blue Jay and having to leave the feeder. I realized that there is kind of this natural hierarchy of energy going on between the birds, and they’re all fine with it. There isn’t this emotional competition going on, other than, “Hey, we’re all goldfinches, we’re going to go for this food right now. Oh, bigger energy coming, we’re going to move out of the way.”

Surprisingly, that goldfinch clearly feel badly about himself. He wasn’t questioning if he deserved the food. He wasn’t worried that he wasn’t going to get food, or that the Blue Jay was going to take it all away. He was really just hanging out, waiting for the energy to shift for when it felt good for him to go in. 

Can Pets In Feel Low Self-Esteem

With our pets, it actually works the same way. The challenge is that we put our ‘human stuff’ on the animals. How many times have you heard somebody say, “I just got my dog a haircut and now he feels embarrassed and he’s hiding behind the chair”? These are feelings that we, as humans, would have but they aren’t feelings that our pets experience. 

When I’ve psychically connected with a pet to ask  about their new haircut, they’ve typically replied that it’s just a big change they didn’t ask for. It’s a, “Wow, there’s a lot more wind here.” or “Wow, I feel vulnerable because I used to feel more protected and now that’s all gone.”  No animal has ever shared with me that they were upset because they thought they didn’t look good with their new haircut. 

Putting Human Emotions on Our Pets 

As loving humans, when we see an animal acting a particular way, we often assume the animal is having the same types of emotions we would have.  And unfortunately, we often reinforce the animal’s behavior by giving them attention around it. So, if you’ve decided your animal is not feeling good about themselves so you give them love and attention at that moment, the animal starts to realize, “Ah! This is what I have to do to get this type of love and attention!” 

Human Perception Influences Animal Behavior

Before you decide your animal has a self-esteem problem, first notice how you’re behaving with them. Are you accidentally encouraging a certain type of behavior? Are you giving them love and attention when you’re perceiving they are feeling bad about themselves? 

There is another thing that could be going on here – and it’s lesser known, but something I talk about all the time in my Animal Lessons book. Could your pet be behaving this way because they want you to learn something about yourself?

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