If you’ve ever looked into a pair of puppy dog eyes and asked a question you wished your pup could answer, you are not alone. Plenty of people wish their dogs could talk back, and according to Tim Link — a professional animal communicator, author, and Dogster contributor — they can.
Link’s newest book, Talking with Dogs and Cats: Joining the Conversation to Improve Behavior and Bond with Your Animals, is all about recognizing the non-verbal connection that exists between people and animals. The author (who has two Schnauzers at home) aims to help others benefit from the same kind of telepathic connection he has with the animals in his life.
“You’d be surprised at how much information they’re able and willing to share with you if you open yourself up to it,” says Link, who believes the key to successfully communicating with your dog is trusting your instincts.
“How it works is, you can be communicating with your animal verbally or just sitting there in a quiet moment and you’ll get a feeling or you’ll get a visualization that something’s going on,” he explains.
“It could be as simple as you’ve got a feeling that the animal needs to potty. And it may not make any sense because you just went out an hour ago with them, but you’ve just got that sensation,” says Link. “For the heck of it, you get up and you walk out to the backyard, and lo and behold, the first thing they do is go potty.”
The Schnauzer-loving author has spent the last decade developing wordless bonds with dogs and other species. He was surprised to discover his ability to telepathically communicate with pets while attending a workshop on animal communication in 2004.
In the years since, Link has worked with zoos, animal sanctuaries, and farms, chatting with everything from donkeys to spiders. The professional animal communicator says all of us have the ability to connect with animals telepathically. Link says it’s something we do frequently as small children, but the ability diminishes as we age, attend school, and develop a broader vocabulary. The good news is, the skills needed to connect with our pets can be regained when we’re older.
“For me, when I first started it was much later in life, and it was all new to me as well,” he recalls. “When it first happened, I received maybe a couple of words, and a picture, a vision. I would look at the animal, I would connect with it, and I would get some sort of visualization out of it.”
Although Link seems to have a natural affinity for animal communication, he says you don’t need to have a pre-existing telepathic ability to develop a communication connection with your pets. He suggests making use of strategies like meditation and breathing exercises to maximize your ability to communicate with your dog the instinctual way you would have as a child.
“The book really walks you through how you go back to that. How to clear your mind, open your heart to the idea of communicating at that deep level with animals, how to breathe and relax, and how to trust the information you’re receiving to be true,” says Link. “That’s probably our biggest challenge as humans — accepting the information that we receive from them and not putting doubt into play.”
In Link’s experience, the more a person can learn to trust what their dog is trying to telepathically tell them, the more information they’re likely to get.
“Over time, as I continued to trust and I continued to work with it, I received more words and would hear what they would have to say and see more visualization. I would get feelings and emotions, smells, tastes — these types of things that they were sharing with me.”
Because telepathic communication goes both ways, the connection between you and your pet has many uses beyond the warning of a full bladder. The connection can also be used when you have some important information you are trying to share with your dog. If a family member is leaving the household, or there’s about to be a big change in routine, Link suggests trying to connect with your dog during a quiet period, when you’re both relaxed.
“Talk to them either verbally or send a mental picture out to them of what you’re trying to communicate,” he explains.
Quiet conversations can also help resolve behavior issues by deepening the human-dog bond and providing explanations for why a dog is doing something. Sometimes, humans get the sensation that a trip to the vet is in order, even if the dog hadn’t yet been acting sick.
“Whatever we’re receiving back — whether it’s a feeling, an emotion, a visualization, a smell or a taste, or just some words that pop into your subconsciousness — trust whatever we receive and act upon it,” Link suggests.
If you’re interested in opening up the lines of communication with the dogs in your life, check out Talking with Dogs and Cats: Joining the Conversation to Improve Behavior and Bond with Your Animals.
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About the Author: Heather Marcoux is a freelance writer in Alberta, Canada. Her beloved Ghost Cat was once her only animal, but the addition of a second cat, Specter, and the dog duo of GhostBuster and Marshmallow make her fur family complete. Sixteen paws is definitely enough. Heather is also a wife, a bad cook, and a former TV journalist. Some of her friends have hidden her feed because of an excess of cat pictures. If you don’t mind cat pictures, you can follow her on Twitter; she also posts pet GIFs on Google+.