What was so interesting during this interview were the parallels between Kerri describing the communication between animals and humans, and amongst humans. For example, Kerri stated that with animals, it confuses them when your actions, and emotions and words are not congruent. She gave an example of a person riding a horse, and the rider was giving the command for the horse to go straight, however the horse stayed still. Kerri asked the rider to consider if he/she was fearful of riding, or was content to stay where they were. The animal was listening to the energy and the emotion of the person, not so much the words.
|Here is Toby and I with singer Rick Springfield... I am sure is just wanting the teddy bear that is sitting on the table (that he already "borrowed" from Rick several times by the time this photo was taken.|
I certainly noticed this with our dog Toby on many occasions. He seemed to intuitive and connected to people that he often reacted not to what we said but to what had changed or what was being communicated emotionally.
|Toby enjoying the connection with children at the 2010 Dogs with Jobs presentation at K9 Awareness Centre in St. Albert, Alberta Canada|
|Toby being 100% present, and noticing all his favorite toys in the Pet Smart Store|
One key is to simple be present. Then to be open. And to notice.
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