Animal Speak, Communicating With Animals
Learning To Communicate With Animals
I have loved animals since I was a very little child. I remember one night when I was very little, I felt something moving against me under my covers. I raised my blanket and saw a young mouse trying to get warm next to me. I felt sorry for it and let it stay. In the morning when I got up, I told no one and let it stay under the blankets. Sadly, my younger sister spied the little guy and told mom, who killed it. I was heartbroken.
I have had many creatures in my lifetime, reptiles, amphibians, equines, felines, canines, I even rescued a few birds, including a hummingbird that had gotten trapped inside. Turtles to and fish. I spend a lot of time with my pets, always have. And when you do that, you learn how they communicate with each other, which is how I learned to communicate with them. In the video above is a 5 month old stud colt that i had gotten a few days prior. Until then he had never been handled. The man who caught him for me did so the old cowboy way, by cornering him in a corral and roping him (had to try several times as he wasn't that great at roping), throwing him to the ground and holding him down to get the halter on him. The poor colt was terrified. Yet in just days, he grew to trust me and would go in and out of the horse trailer on just a vocal command and my not touching him. I could lead him with just my hand on his neck or jaw. How did I do this? By observing horses and how they communicate with each other. If you approach a horse with a tense body and a hard look in your eyes (which most people do without realizing it) you make them nervous. You look like a predator. However, if you approach a horse with a relaxed body and soft eyes (look just in front of the horse and slightly unfocus your eyes), and son't walk up fast, the horse is less afraid. When one horse approaches another, they rarely go straight up to it, unless they are firm friends and know each other. No, instead they approach a few steps at a time, and stop often to gauge how the other horse is reacting to them. This is the natural way to approach a strange horse you would like to gain the trust of. Let them know you aren't some predator that has come to eat them. Horses can be very stubborn. If you want a horse to go where you are attempting to lead him, and he practically sits on his behind and refusing to budge, You will get farther and faster if you don't try to play tug of war with him. To teach a foal to be lead, it helps a great deal to loop the lead rope under his tail and pulling on it while also clucking and tugging on the halter. I got Wakinyan to walk beside me as if he were being lead on a lead (only without one) by draping my arm over his neck and clucking, while patting his flank. Soon enough, I had only to put a bit of pressure under his chin and he would start walking. When you earn a horse's trust (or any animals, or human), it becomes your responsibility to never do anything that can harm it. The old saying is certainly true..."It takes a lifetime to earn trust and just one moment to destroy it".
My dog, Delta, and I have a very close bond. She understands me and I understand her. I know when she wants to eat or drink by her behaviour...and oddly enough, she seems to think she needs my permission to eat or drink. When she is disobedient, the tone of my voice is enough to punish her. When I want her to herd the horses, I need only to look at her and raise my eyebrows, and she is off like a flash after them. Her eyes tell me a great deal what she is feeling. I know when she is depressed, because I had left without her somewhere. I sense it. I take some extra time playing with her and loving her and she becomes happy again. If she is not doing something I told her to do, like lay down, I give her a certain look. My eyes go hard and my mouth pinched. She immediately lays down or does what ever it was I told her to do. On occasion, I have asked her for a hug, without speaking. And she gave me that hug.
As for cats, they are the ones I have "talked" with the most in their own language. I have called kittens to me using the same call a mother cat uses to call her kittens to her. sort of a short, soft "Mea" that ends in a question. I have stopped cats and kittens from doing things they shouldn't, by using the cat growl (the one you hear between two cats who are thinking about fighting each other) or hissing. I usually try the hiss first, and if they ignore it, which they rarely do, I then use the cat growl. It starts as a low sound and gradually rises in pitch. I have never had to let it rise very far before the cats or kittens stop what they are doing. Despite popular belief, cats are social animals. When cats are in groups, they can often be seen grooming each other and playing games with each other. They grieve when another feline companion is taken from them or dies. When a cat cares deeply for it's human companion, it will often take to grooming them. They simply don't know our skin is so delicate. I often call my cats by using the same tone of voice that they use when calling me. Each cat has a unique voice and way of calling when they want you to come join them. For instance, Convict's call is deep and loud and carries a long way...it sort of sounds like "Merow", rolling the "R". Cats let their body do most of the talking, as most animals do. I have one male cat I call Stucky, as I rescued him when he was stuck up in a tree. He feels it is up to him to keep order amongst the cats. Every so often, he attempts to boss me as well. I don't let him act like a boss with me because if I don't put a stop to it, he will get physical and bite or scratch, same as if I were just another cat. So I pick him up and hold him so he has to face me. I tell him "NO"! first, very firmly. When he starts growling at me, as he always does because he doesn't like being told no, I growl back and end the growl in a loud sharp hiss. The most I have ever had to do this was twice. HE gets the message and once again, his body will relax and I know he understood. We are back to him showering me with affection and not trying to boss me. If you want to "tell" your cat you love them, try this...Stare at them until they look you in the eyes, then, while "feeling" all your love for them building inside you, wink one eye. Sometimes I half wink and sometimes I close the eyeall the way and sometimes I wink with both eyes at once. They always seem to know what I mean. If a cat ever winks at you, or closes both eyes halfway then opens them again...they are telling you they love you.
If you study any animal you would like to communicate with for awhile, you will soon learn to do just that. The best way to study them is with others of their own kind. practice by mimicking. However, a note of caution...Never growl or hiss at a strange cat...You might just get attacked. Studying animals communications is both fascinating and rewarding.