Guide to animal communication: everything you need to know to speak their language

Have you ever tried to communicate with your pet? Sharing a moment with him while understanding him is possible using certain methods. How to do ? Coralie Mediet and Juliette Dumas, authors of the book Communication with animals, an exchange that feels goodgive the necessary tips to achieve this.

What pet owner hasn’t dreamed of communicating with them? If you live with a small – or large – companion, you have surely already tried to understand what he wishes at times. What does your cat want to tell you when he goes from calm to storm with a diligent fuss? What does your dog want to convey to you when he barks for no reason? Why does your horse rear up in front of an obstacle when he was not doing it awake?

Understanding your pet’s looks, cries or gestures doesn’t always have to be a guesswork, animal communication is a real exercise that needs to be practiced. This is what Juliette Dumas, author, understood when she was assisted by curiosity in a training given by Coralie Mediet, expert in animal communication. Interested in the subject, the writer offered to transmit her knowledge to a wider audience through the book, Communication with animals, an exchange that is good (Eyrolles editions).

How does animal communication work?

Before starting, it is legitimate to understand concretely how it works. First, who can do animal communication? According to the authors, this exchange concerns “everyone”. No particular profile is required, but it is possible that changes in your behavior will be necessary, regardless of who you are. Indeed, if the animal seems difficult to understand, urinates everywhere or growls very often, in reality the problem does not always come from him, but perhaps from you. “The animal senses our difficulty and our negative emotions, therefore it is possible that we are the reason for its angry mood,” explain the authors. “You then have to reposition yourself as an equal.”

Indeed, it is first necessary to forget oneself as a civilized individual and to put oneself in his place. Unlike us, “you have to know that it is a living being who lives in the present moment and who has no secondary emotions, such as frustration”, underline Juliette Dumas and Coralie Mediet. So, to talk to him, the idea is to “find our animal roots to be in tune with him”. Concretely, “you have to put all your ego aside to communicate with the animal”.

If it helps, you can imagine this as a game, as a “superpower”, which has been dormant inside you since your childhood – when it was easier, even innate, to put yourself at the feet of your dog to tell him stories, without worrying about the eyes of others.

So how do you get in touch with animals? “We ask for various tools to get there”, answer the authors, “the approach is divided into two phases: observation and action”.

Rules to follow

There are various possible exercises during the observation phase. First, there are the 8 rules to follow to prepare to communicate with an animal:

  • Find your inner child
  • Be calm and relaxed
  • stay humble
  • Don’t censor your resentments
  • Leave your reason behind
  • Don’t make interpretations
  • Do not judge
  • Accept making mistakes

Once the rules are understood, it’s time to open your intuition to “calibrate yourself on animal alpha waves”. This being like a sixth sense, it is important to be connected to the other 5 to activate it.

If we focus on hearing, for example, this is interesting in terms of sound communication with the animal because frequency and volume are important. Indeed, a meow or bark on a particular meaning. “You can simply lend your ears and appeal to your intuition, your feelings so that these sounds become just as much beacons as markers to receive the animal’s message or emotion”. For example, when the dog barks, it does not always do so in the same way. If you pay attention, you can quickly pick up on the nuances between the different barks and the messages he wants to communicate. “Depending on the sound, he may prefer to attract attention, eat, go out, play, cuddle, show frustration or even warn of the presence of an intruder.”

As for the cat, he is able to emit “more than a hundred different meows, which are moreover intended to communicate with human beings and not with their congeners”. You can therefore listen to its meow and note if it is soft and rather high-pitched. In this case, the situation is pleasant to him. Conversely, if it sounds longer, it seeks to express “intense emotion” or “suffering”. It also turns into a growl if it senses a threat.

Moreover, in addition to meowing, when the cat purrs, it is synonymous with “serenity”, “appeasement that it seeks to share with us”. It’s a bit like a soft song with a therapeutic effect”, image the authors, “since the frequency of the purr (between 25 and 50 hertz) channels our emotions”.

In addition, sound communication also involves your voice. When it varies, it lets through many emotions that the animal captures: both when you address it and when you talk to someone who is next to it.

Visualization to develop your intuition

In addition to stimulating the senses, classic visualization exercises can help develop intuition. An exercise present in the work of Coralie Mediet and Juliette Dumas: the visualization of a small boat. To achieve it, close your eyes and imagine the material that constitutes it. Is it wooden? In paper ? Take the time to see it, to observe it. Put the things you don’t want on it: objects, emotions, habits. Finally, imagine him going offshore.

Steps to take action

In their book, Coralie Mediet and Juliette Dumas give 11 steps to follow to enter into communication with an animal, face to face. What are they ?

Step 1 – Write the object of the communication: the name of your animal, its behavior, what you want to understand

2nd step – Create contact with the animal: by sitting close to it, waiting for it to approach or by laying a hand on it

Step #3 – Observe him: his gestures, his gaze, the rhythm of his breathing in order to analyze his behavior and his mood

Step #4 – Don’t Get Distracted: By Not Succumbing to Distraction

Step #5 – Maintain contact with the animal: keeping calm and paying full attention to it

Step #6 – Let him get to know each other: by welcoming his approaches, his observations, his gestures

Step #7 – Explain what you are about to do: telling him

just aloud that you would like to talk to him and he talks to you too.

Step #8 – Ask for his agreement: using simple sentences, questions like “Are you OK to share this moment with me?” »

Step #9 – Activate your empathy: by being caring and loving

Step #10 – Identify the right moment: by staying focused on the spirit of the animal

Step #11 – Get started: forgetting the outside world and prejudices

In addition, you can also use the practical case reserved for intuition, listed in the book. It’s about doing the same work as the participants of Coralie’s animal communication training and comparing your results. “Concretely, from the photos of the named animals, you can concentrate and write your resentments in a notebook and compare them to those of the trainee”, indicate the authors. “Once you’ve done that, you can also compare your results to that of the real pet owner.”

A question-and-answer session

If you are the one who needs to learn to communicate differently, this is a real exchange. You are not the only one to enter a state of communication, animals also give you answers, which can come in different forms, from spirit to spirit. For example, if you ask your dog “How are you feeling?” », you will receive resentments, words, sentences. If you’re communicating remotely, you may be able to visualize your dog’s response with an image of him wagging his tail if he’s happy.

Why do animal communication?

Beyond the desire to understand them, there is a real feeling of well-being that emerges from this exchange. “It’s a virtuous circle, a discussion that is good for us as much as for them”, say Coralie Mediet and Juliette Dumas. “They transmit things to us and allow us to calm down, to calm down. They put us in a state of inner peace.

Animal communication allows us to learn to master listening because we listen to them as they listen to us. As a result, we come to understand them better, but also to better understand ourselves.


Coralie Mediet, trainer in animal communication, and Juliette Dumas, author

Their work: Communication with animals, an exchange that is good (Eyrolles edition)

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