Reading the Hearts and Minds of Animals
Animals possess expansive hearts, minds and spirits. They experience a full range of emotions, just as humans do. While each animal is unique, there exists a universal body language that expresses certain ranges of feelings and needs – often called calming signals.
Calming signals are body gestures and postures that animals of all species (including humans) use to communicate with others. Learning to read and interpret your animal friends’ behaviour and expressions can help deepen your relationship, overcome challenges and create more peaceful and fulfilling lives.
Yawning – tension in the face. It is different than an “I am sleepy” yawn.
Yawning indicates nervous energy in the body. Nervous energy may be positive (excited to go to the park) or negative (anxious about getting a bath), causing breathing to become more shallow and infrequent. Yawning changes this pattern, releasing tension and bringing much needed oxygen into the body.
Scratching, licking (or fidgeting)
They suddenly stop to lick, not getting really comfy for a nice long grooming session. Stiff body, etc.
Scratching or licking also releases tension in the body. A cat licks his paws to release tension after he is told to stop bothering his sister cat. A dog sits down to scratch immediately after hearing a loud sound that startles her. It’s like a person who taps his fingers while he is nervously waiting for his date to arrive.
Turning away – concern in the eyes, discomfort shown.
Averting the eyes, turning the head and turning the body away demonstrate increasing levels of discomfort with someone or something. A dog turns his head away from the friendly stranger attempting to pet him, politely showing his discomfort. A cat looks away from her lady as she leaves for work, withdrawing from the exchange that makes her sad.
Calming signals provide indicators of your animal friends’ feelings and needs, so you can better understand and support them.
Tamryn Fudge is an animal communicator, dog trainer and shamanic practitioner and student. She offers shamanic dog training to help you and your dog get closer and love deeper - for aggression and behaviour problems, everyday learning and puppy teaching. Group and private sessions available.
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