Animal Training with Animal Communication

Animal communication – Listen, understand and make a difference….

This is what I teach during animal communication workshops and this is what I tell my clients.  Being able to communicate with an animal is a beautiful thing, a gift and something that anyone can learn how to do.  Most children can do this from the youngest of ages, but lose the ability when they are told that they imagined it as the family pet or the bird in the garden ‘cannot talk’.  In someways this is true, this kind of communication is not like the sort that you would have over a cup of tea with a friend, this is an energetic connection that uses the unspoken word and the universal language of the soul.

When communicating with an animal it is possible to ask questions and be given information in the form of thoughts, feelings and senses, it is also possible to give information back  – this is a two way connection.  Sound a bit too weird for you?  Think about it this way; we are made up of energy and so are animals, plants and all other living things.  This energy has no cut off point.  It is when we become aware of this that people talk of experiencing ‘oneness’ – a feeling of total connection with the world around, everything in it, the wider universe and Source energy.

I am writing today firstly as an animal communicator, secondly as a retired canine behaviour specialist / trainer and a Usui Reiki Master / Teacher.  I would like to speak to you, dear reader, about the rise in popularity of animal communication, which is fantastic, but also my concern, firstly for peoples’ expectations of this and how some people are attempting to use it.  I say attempting because I do not believe they will be successful.  I have recently dipped my toe in the waters of a social media group for animal communication as I thought I should see what was going on in wider areas of my chosen field.  I was shocked!  The page had many desperate people asking communicators to tell their horses to stop throwing them off, their dogs to stop barking or biting them.  No! No! No! This is not how it works; let’s go back to “Listen, understand, make a difference.”

The job of the communicator is to listen to predominantly what the animal wants to share with them, questions can be asked, but it is a choice as to whether they will be answered.  Therefore in the case of an animal who is displaying problem behaviours the communicator can often find out whether the animal is experiencing some physical pain or discomfort that could cause it to behave in a certain way, the communicator can often find out if there is an emotional cause either in the here and now or perhaps in it’s history that can be causing a behavioural response and so on.

Whilst listening the communicator can show empathy for the animal and show the animal that he or she understands what has been shared. They can then let the animal know that they will do their best to help the situation. The important part of the job is to relay to the animal’s guardian what the animal has told them.  Perhaps the animal needs to see a vet to help with an underlying health issue that had not been previously picked up, sometimes it can be as simple as moving the animal’s sleeping area to a place they feel more settled and quite often it is about the human modifying their own behaviour.  Make a difference!  Animals are extremely sensitive to the moods and emotions of the people in their lives and far more affected by them than was previously thought – I am sure that science will find a way to measure this at some point, but until then please take my word for it.

Let’s imagine a possible scenario of a dog that is biting the owner.  It is highly unlikely that a communicator simply asking the dog to stop will work unless the reason for the behaviour is addressed, sometimes the animal is able to give the reason and therefore a solution can be found, however, sometimes this may require another professional being consulted such as a behaviourist or a veterinarian.  An adult dog that has been with it’s humans from a puppy who is still biting them has, in some way, been mis-managed, sometimes this is as simple as not teaching a puppy bite inhibition because it is too cute, sometimes it is a total lack of understanding about what makes the dog tick, putting human thoughts, feelings and behavioural expectations onto it, in a nutshell anthropomorphisation of the dog.  Another possible reason could be that the dog is picking up on the energy of the home environment, a house where there is conflict, for example, can provoke problem behaviours in animals who are sensitive to this and much like a child who is feeling disturbed they can respond to this with certain behaviours as a means to release stress or elicit the attention that they crave.

On the afore mentioned social media group somebody had posted a picture of a horse who was displaying behaviours when ridden that were denting the rider’s confidence.  I made a connection, along with other communicators and the horse gave each and every one of us the same information; that is has pain along it’s back which is worse when ridden and some discomfort in his hind leg.  This was relayed to the human who was not particularly interested in the pain of the horse and still wanted people to tell it to stop bolting.  We listened, we understood, but whether we could make a difference to this animal I am not sure.  I hope that after a little time to think that the messages will be heard.

The point of this blog post is to educate.  As I mentioned before animal communication is a beautiful thing, it enables us to listen, understand and make a difference.  It is NOT a means of exerting control over another sentient being.  If we try then the animal will simple cease to communicate.  I am sure if you were to talk to a number of professional communicators they would tell you the same thing; that sometimes the guardian of the animal can get in the way of a clear connection.

Let us not place our human need for control onto this gift.  Let us continue to listen to the whispers of our animal companions so that we can gain a greater understanding of the world from their perspective.

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Animal Communication Workshop

Animal Healing Sussex and Brightwater Reiki are joining forces for this exciting Animal Communication event in Haslemere, Surrey
2nd & 3rd June 2018.

This is a 2 day comprehensive Animal Communication workshop to develop participant’s skills, knowledge and behaviours to build effective, validated communication with other species.

To raise awareness of the benefits of Animal Communication for participants and for their animal “communicatees”, along with the need to act as Animal Ambassadors/Advocates.

This workshop is open to all levels and abilities.  Numbers are limited to provide maximum time for individual involvement, support and feedback.

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Buy tickets here or get in touch to reserve a place.

We will work and learn together in a friendly, supportive environment.

Focussing on the needs of individuals, the workshop will be highly interactive and participant led, but as a minimum will cover the following:-

  • Fundamentals of animal communication, with a focus on energy
  • Receiving information, in all its forms
  • Making space and creating silence
  • Listening for the whispers – Trust, Prepare, Flow and Share
  • Practice, practice, practice – connecting with animals via photographs, objects and face to face
  •  Managing and sharing feedback information

Why choose us?

  • Not only experienced in Workshop facilitation, we are passionate about animals. Bringing a wealth of skills and experience from the field of working with animals in a communication, healing, health and behaviour context.
  • We believe that to achieve the most valuable outcome people should be encouraged to play to their strengths in a fun, friendly and supportive environment.
  • We believe in helping each other, understanding each other and building our skills to become the best we can be.
  • We are committed to providing after course support and progression for those who would like it.
Contact: Sam on 07796308497 /

Lesley on 07715557734 /

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Animals Helping Each Other

Many of us have witnessed altruistic behaviour from our animal companions towards us and other animals, but it is less common to experience help from one dog to another when one of the dogs is in spirit.

Today I was driving my car chanting to Jonathan Goldman’s Reiki chants.  I was off to attend a monthly lunch meeting with my old friends and former colleagues, a pair of very grounded, matter of fact retired veterinary nurses, from my time in veterinary practice many moons ago!  Chanting away to the music is something that I often do especially on long car journeys.  I hasten to add only when there are no other passengers to inflict this on!

Quite suddenly one of my friend’s dogs who passed away many years ago sprung into my mind with a very clear introduction, I saw her wet nose, whiskery muzzle and then heard her say ‘Hello it is Maisy Jones here.’  Not her real name, but the fact that she used my friend’s surname made me chuckle.  I replied with my hellos and nice to hear from you before asking if everything was ok or if she had something to tell me.  My first question was is my friend alright to which she replied yes, she then communicated with me that she was concerned about Esther the current canine in the Jones household.

Just to explain; Maisy and Esther never met in the physical world, Esther came along some time after Maisy had passed away.  I asked what the problem was and she told me that there was pain in Esther’s left hip and across her lower back and that she felt tired and was perhaps doing too much on her walks which was not helping.

Naturally when I met my friend the first thing I asked was if her dog was ok and she told me that she wasn’t.  When I told her my findings she was able to corroborate everything Maisy had told me. This was also the confirmation that she needed for her to begin to slow down on walks and get Esther a little more help to make her more comfortable.  It was a realisation that perhaps her dog was in more discomfort than she had realised.

I am sharing this with you as this is the first time I have ever had an animal come through from spirit to me to help another animal that they have never had a physical connection with.  What an absolute joy and gift to be given that in the world of spirit animals are out there looking out for each other even when the connection is through the pet parent.

Animal communication:  Listen, understand, make a difference.


Please don’t listen to chants when driving if it makes you drowsy or affects your ability to drive.

Did Reiki Make the Dog’s Leg Grow Back?

Many years ago when I was a Reiki II practitioner and working in a veterinary practice I was able, with the agreement of the vet, to practice on some of the animals.  It was actually through seeing this that some of my colleagues asked me to treat them, as while they thought it was a bit weird they could see for themselves there was something to this Reiki business!

I would like to tell you about my one of my experiences with a Greyhound. The dog had sustained a irreparable leg injury on his left hind and needed surgery to remove the leg, the operation was skillfully performed by the vet and the dog was put in a kennel to rest and recover with the necessary medical paraphernalia attached to him.  The day after the operation I was on the early shift and as usual I had arrived with plenty of time to spare.  The dog was in his kennel and was so very stressed and in pain.  Removal of a limb is traumatic for any animal.  I spoke softly to the dog and immediately felt my hands begin to tingle.  I opened up the kennel door and got inside with the dog, he looked at me with such pain and anguish in his eyes, my heart went out to him.

I held my hands a little way from the dog and ‘connected’ with him, his look changed from panic to interest at what this lady was doing in his kennel! Animals often look quizzical when they feel the Reiki energy for the first time. When working with animals it is especially important to be led by them if a dog is frightened or uncomfortable it may bite, a cat scratch (or bite!) and a horse can give a nasty kick (and again bite!).  I then placed my hands on the dog’s shoulders and the Reiki really began to flow.  We sat like this for a while and he let out a huge sigh; a good sign.  I moved my hands to his head he looked into my eyes, it was a beautiful moment of two souls connecting.  He then realised that despite the lack of one of his limbs he was able to move and he lay down, his breathing slowed and he fell asleep, he slept for a long time and when he woke he was calm and relaxed.  He was able to go home, under supervision, later that day and walked out on his 3 legs with relative ease.

Did Reiki make his leg grow back?  Well of course it didn’t.  What it did was allow his body, mind and spirit to come to terms with the loss and heal itself.  The dog recovered from his surgery well and remarkably quickly.  With Reiki miraculous things can and do happen, but it is a facilitator rather than a magic wand.  It brings back the balance that creates a healing environment.

*The picture in this article is not the actual dog, but the spitting image of him.

Do Animals Say Thank You?

I have recently had a spate of wild birds coming right up to me, these birds are all poorly in some way or another.  Some just look done in, some have injured legs, wings or eye problems.  I send them healing, say a little blessing for them and off they go.  Some come back the next day and the day after for ‘treatments’ and then fly away.

Something I have noticed over my years working with animals is if you make a ‘heart to heart’ connection with them and help them with either healing, helping them adjust to living with a family or rescuing them from a traumatic or stressful  situation they often will come back to you when they are feeling better and say thank you.  Obviously I don’t mean they speak words, but they will come up and make an acknowledgement.  Wild birds will come really close look right at me chirrup and fly away, dogs tend to do a nose bump to the hand and cats do it in a style that only a cat could!  In my personal experience they come right up  close as with the other animals, give eye contact that seems to come deep from their soul to mine, will invite some physical touch from me before getting on with their lives.  I have also experienced animals that I have tried to help or that I have given healing to as they are passing away spring up in meditations to say thank you, sometimes years after the event.  Of course this could be my imagination, but these are often instances that have been forgotten about and anyone who has had profound meditation experiences will know that you can tell the difference between these and an imagining.

During my time spent dog training and helping with behaviour problems I have visited homes where there has been a complete communication and relationship breakdown between a dog and it’s owner.  After working with them the owner will often come to the realisation that the way they were trying to communicate what was expected of the dog to it was actually causing the problem as the dog didn’t understand the language, shouting, beatings etc.  These were beautiful moments where the owner’s whole way of interacting with the dog changed immediately as we worked together in a way that both human and canine understood.  Often at the end of the session the dog would come over to me, look into my face, nose bump or lick my hand and walk away again.

Those of us privileged enough to share our lives in some way with animals will tell you that they are feeling, thinking beings and it is our duty to respect them.

Be compassionate to yourself and others. 5th Reiki Precept.

Healing the Dog

Tales from the Reiki treatment room.

I want to share with you some of the experiences that I have had working with Reiki.  The first one is about a young dog who was about to lose his front leg. I will call him Bob.

It was 2002 and I was working at a veterinary practice in East Sussex.  I was a level II Reiki practitioner and having the time of my life practising on some of the patients, with the permission of the vet.  The Vet’s dog, Bob a Whippet, had a nasty accident and injured his front leg quite badly, it was operated on; it didn’t heal; it was operated on again; it didn’t heal after all manner of treatments were given, still the leg got worse.

The vet was due to go overseas for a month and I had volunteered to look after his two dogs, as you may know dogs are my ‘thing’ and a couple of extras added onto my 4 did not phase me!  The other vet was under instructions that Bob’s leg would probably have to be amputated whilst his dad was away.  I took Bob in for him to be examined and the other vet concurred that an amputation was going to have to happen later in the week.  At this point I begged him to give me 2 weeks to see if I could do anything for the dog.  He agreed to humour me.  I gave him Reiki morning and night and a great deal of TLC and almost immediately I began to see an improvement, not just in the leg, but in the way the dog was coping mentally with the injury.

My two weeks was up and I took Bob to work with me, the vet put him on the examination table and gave me the sort of smile that people give you when they are trying to tell you in a nice way that you are a ‘deluded, weirdo, hippy’!  He removed the dressing from the leg and the wry smile fell straight from his face and his mouth dropped open as he looked at a leg with a nasty scar, but nothing else.  At this point I indulged my ego and danced around the surgery singing ‘I told you, it is real’ (I was younger then)!  To say the vet was gobsmacked was an understatement and when Bob’s dad returned home expecting to find a 3 legged dog he was also flabbergasted.

I truly believe that this was meant to be in order to teach two men who were very routed in science and conventional medicine that there is more to life than science has been able to explore at this time.

Reiki can’t save the leg of every dog who is facing amputation and is not a replacement for veterinary care, but even if it can’t solve the presenting problem it can help with healing and the adjustment process.