One of the interesting thing I find working with my animal communication clients is that many times they want me to tell their pet to just stop an unwanted behavior. Unfortunately, they may be doing the behavior for a specific reason. My job is to find out why and then help the client and the pet come up with a solution. By telling Fido to stop barking without finding WHY he is barking is like putting a band aid on a incision without stitching it up first. It may hold for a little while, but it doesn't get to the heart of the issue.
Even though we can get to the heart of the issue, there usually is training to be done after the call to help change the unwanted behavior for good. Training is a necessary component to keep your pets mental health in check as well as emotional health. When your animal companion KNOWS what is expected from him/her, there is less room for them to make up the rules. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind:
1. If you haven't started training sessions, keep them short in the beginning, 5-10 minutes max.
2. Always provide yummy, high value treats that are used only during your training sessons and use " everyday" treats for other things.
3. Be sure to keep things light and positive. Your dog lives to please you ( REALLY!) so positive reinforcement works the best.
4. If your dog is not catching on like you would expect, try again the next day. But certainly end on a positive note. Give him a command that he knows and can execute before quitting your session.
5. If you are feeling frustrated, know your dog is feeling it too. I guarantee that will be reflected in the way he executes his commands. Check yourself if things are going off track during your session. He may be feeling your frustration, tiredness or boredom and will reflect that back to you.
Animal Communication is an excellent tool to help you and your pet build trust and a deep bond. It allows you to understand THEIR perspective on things. Once you know their likes and dislikes, it becomes a much better working relationship. Training helps keep their mind sharp and gives them boundaries. When you utilize both components, you are working together to create a healthy, happy, well balanced companion.
Tracy Harris, Animal Communicator