Intuitive animal communication is something many people have heard of, but few have tried. As a dog lover, you may have considered talking to an intuitive animal communicator - in fact, I am sure some of you have actually talked with one in the past. Personally, I am a bit skeptical. Admittedly, I have seen the "pet psychics" on television and always thought the whole thing was kind of wacky. On the other hand, I am an open-minded person and part of me wants to believe it is possible.
I had the great pleasure of speaking with Bridget Pilloud, a professional intuitive animal communicator and founder of Pets are Talking!. She talked with me about what she does and how it works, plus a bit about her experiences. I found our conversation intriguing - perhaps you will, too. Plus, she talked to my dog (more on that later)! Here's what Bridget had to say:
When did you first discover your unique ability to communicate with animals?
I had used animal communicators with some of my pets in the past, but never thought I could do it. Then, about six years ago I adopted a Weimaraner named Beulah. She had been the single dog of a single owner. He had chosen his fiancée over Beulah, and she’d been sent to Oregon Weimaraner Rescue.
She moved to our house, which is full of kids and dogs and cats. It was quite a shock to her, but she learned to love us and enjoy her new life. About six months after I adopted her, I woke up in the middle of the night. I felt this pain in my chest, as if I was ready to sob. Then I heard her ask “What did I do?” I asked her what she was talking about. She asked me again, “What did I do that I had to leave? I don’t know what I did.” I told her that she didn’t do anything, and that this was her forever home.
The next day, I tried again, and I didn’t get anything from her. It was later that I learned that strong emotions transfer the easiest.
How long have you been doing this professionally?
I spent a long time honing my skills as an intuitive animal communicator, talking with hundreds of animals and validating their answers. I started my business, Pets are Talking! in March 2008.
Tell us how this works - how do you actually "talk" with the animals?
We are energetic beings, and on an atomic level, we’re sharing energy with everything around us. We pick up information via intuition every day. Most of us just don’t notice. This is how you know who’s calling before looking at caller id, and why you may get a funny feeling about somebody without knowing why. When I talk with a pet, all I’m doing is sending out and receiving energy from that pet.
Telepathic information can be sent and received in 7 different ways:
- Clairaudience: Hearing words
- Clairvoyance: Seeing pictures, movies and symbols
- Clairempathy: Experiencing feelings
- Claircognizance: clear knowledge of a situation or history
- Touch - experiencing physical sensations
- Taste - experiencing what the animal tastes (not always a pleasant experience!)
- Smell - experiencing what the animal smells
What are the most common dog behavior problems and other dog issues that you encounter in your profession? What are the typical solutions?
I think the number one behavior issue is aggression. In the past six years, I’ve talked with many dogs that are aggressive towards other dogs. There are a number of reasons that a dog may behave aggressively. With any issue, I ask the dog why he behaves that way. If I can understand the why, the owner and the dog and I can work together to figure out a how to resolve the issue.
Aggression is usually some combination of fear and dominance, often with an over-emphasized need to protect. By building confidence and controlling dominance, you can work towards reducing and resolving aggression issues. Animal communication doesn’t cure aggression. Taming aggression also requires training and setting up situations to foster the dog’s success.
Currently, I’m working with a Dachshund that has fear aggression issues towards children. Bruiser was able to show me why he’s so afraid and angry towards children. A kid stepped on him, putting his full weight on Bruiser’s back, when Bruiser was a young dog. Bruiser suffers from back issues today, which may be related to that incident.
By telling his story and by describing his fear, Bruiser was able to move forward from it. His human mom told him (through me) that kids will never be able to hurt him again. This understanding also provided Bruiser with some relief. When Bruiser says he’s ready, we’re going to slowly introduce him to a kind kid (my eleven year old has volunteered). We’ll keep everyone safe and go slowly, as Bruiser feels he can handle it. A slow and quiet series of encounters will help Bruiser move towards overcoming his fear. The goal here isn’t to get Bruiser to the point where any kid can pet him. We’re just trying to get him to the point where he can be in the same room as a kid without completely freaking out.
Other issues that I commonly encounter: separation anxiety, poop-eating, and barking at the door.
You have probably talked with numerous dogs over the years. Based on your experience, do you have any general recommendations for dog owners out there about improving their relationships with their dogs, keeping their dogs happy, and understanding their dogs?
I’ve talked with hundreds of dogs. There are several things that people can do to improve their relationships.(Continued on page 2)
First, find three times each day to spend five minutes with your dog. This isn’t walking time or feeding time or even play time. This is just time to sit and pet your dog and focus on their feelings. With my dogs, they get 5 minutes right after their morning outside time, in the early evening and right before bed. Just looking into their eyes and scratching their bellies helps me to feel close to them.
Secondly, talk with your dog like they can understand what you’re saying. Dogs appreciate this, as it helps them to feel more included.
Third, when you go out, tell your dog where you’re going and when you’re coming back.
Fourth, never insult your dog. Never call your dog dumb or fat. You’d be amazed at how many people do this, without even thinking about it. Words hurt.
On your Website you say "Someday, people will talk with animals as easily as we talk with each other. That will be a wonderful day for all of us." How difficult or easy do you think it is for the average dog owner to communicate intuitively with their own dogs? What do you recommend to someone who wants to get started?
We already talk with our pets. We just don’t realize it. I know a gal who keeps her dog’s ear medicine in the same cabinet as his treats. When she goes to the cupboard for ear medicine, her dog disappears. With treats, he’s at her feet, wagging his tail. She’s not announcing what she’s getting, and she gives the medicine at different times. Yet, she’s somehow conveying when it’s medicine and when it’s treats!
I think conscious intuitive animal communication takes practice and an open mind. The hardest part is believing that the information you’re getting is actually real.When my students start learning how to talk with animals, at the very beginning, they average about a 20% accuracy rate. At the end of my 12-hour class, they average about 50-60%. That’s pretty good. It’s not hard, but it definitely takes practice. Professional animal communicators average 85-95% accuracy.
I recommend that you try to find a class in your area. If that’s not possible, there are some great books on the subject. I recommend Marta Williams’ Learning Their Language. Also, I recommend reading my blog at www.petsaretalking.com.
How has your intuitive animal communication affected your relationships with your own animals? What about your relationships with other people?
I can’t even begin to tell you the difference it’s made. My pets are my dear friends and working colleagues. I see them so differently. By communicating with my pets, I’m able to better understand them as individuals. I understand the roles they play in our family.
One of my students summed it up best. She said, "Even if I don’t ever talk with my animals, I see them differently. They’re more real to me." She actually talks to animals well now. But it’s the change in her relationships that she values.
That’s a good question about other people. I think I can more easily intuit the true character of each person I meet. I’m more empathetic too. I hope though, that people still see me as the same person I’ve always been.
Do you have any other comments or advice to share?
Pets always have logical reasons for the behavior they exhibit. Rarely are they doing it just to be mean or vindictive. If you can figure out the logic, you can change the behavior. Animal communicators can help get to the bottom of any issue.
Before the interview, Bridget talked mentally (and long-distance) with my 13-year-old Lab mix, Chloe. I had sent a photo and some general questions to ask my dog. Bridget told me that my dog was very image-oriented, saying "I got very few words from her but lots of pictures." She said that Chloe feels happy and pain-free, though she tires easily.
This is no surprise because of Chloe's age (but I had not told Bridget her age). She also mentioned that Chloe's teeth are bothering her a bit - that something is not quite right. This is interesting, because the truth is, Chloe needs a dental cleaning and I need to stop putting it off. She gives bad breath a whole new meaning!
I also found out that Chloe might be interested in getting into Frisbee, she likes our cats, and her favorite food is chicken and rice with gravy. Of course, nothing would surprise me here because Chloe loves ALL food (but it is still interesting). One answer I really loved: her favorite thing to do is to sit with her mom (Bridget told me that this is a pretty common answer, but of course it still pleases me).
The most impressive answer was about Chloe's toy. Bridget said that Chloe showed her a picture of a brown stuffed toy when asked which toy was her favorite. Chloe has dozens of toys, but this is the only brown stuffed toy she has ever had - it is a little furry fox that she adores. I already suspected that this was Chloe's favorite, and I was impressed to hear Bridget say that. Overall, I have to say that Bridget had a very good understanding of my dog's personality - more than one can get from just a photo and name.
I can't help thinking that maybe this really does work!
I really enjoyed talking with Bridget. She is warm, down-to-earth and sincere. She helped me to better understand and appreciate intuitive animal communication, despite my skepticism. This really is not magic or voodoo - and somehow it seems more tangible to me now. Perhaps this truly is something we all have the potential to do if we can get in touch with it. I think we can all benefit by trying to listen to our dogs (and other pets) - they do have things to say!
Bridget Pilloud is a professional Intuitive Animal Communicator in Oregon, but she talks with animals all over the world. She also teaches classes and workshops. Bridget shares some amazing stories on her blog. You can learn more at www.petsaretalking.com. Also, gift certificates are a great gift idea for any pet lover who might want to give this a try!
Bridget also has two dogs, three cats and a horse. From Bridget Pilloud, about her pets:
Benicio Del Perro- a seven year old husky-rottie mix.
Benny is sweet and gentle.
He likes his friend Hunni. He also likes playing in the snow and eating turkey.
Hunni- an eight year old whippet/golden mix
Hunni hates wearing sweaters. She will eat anything, unless you put ketchup on it, and then she won’t touch it. She likes belly rubs.
Bo- six year old Orange Tabby
We think Bo has OCD. He gets upset with any doors are closed and has a very sensitive sense of smell.
Bootsy - six year old Calico
Bootsy is Bo’s littermate. She loves my partner, Brian, and is fiercely loving and loyal. A very good hunter too.
Leo - six year old long-haired grey and white cat Leo is a baby. He’s very needy and spoiled. He’s aesthetically gorgeous, but you’ll have to take my word for it, because I have no pictures of him. I’m a bad mom that way.
Ed - 10 year old Bay Appendix Horse
Ed was abused as a younger horse, so he’s not able to be ridden, but he is sweet as all get out. He tries hard to be a good boy.