I had the great pleasure of speaking with Bridget Pilloud, a professional intuitive animal communicator and founder of Pets are Talking!. She talked with me about what she does and how it works, plus a bit about her experiences. I found our conversation intriguing - perhaps you will, too. Plus, she talked to my dog (more on that later)! Here's what Bridget had to say:
When did you first discover your unique ability to communicate with animals?
I had used animal communicators with some of my pets in the past, but never thought I could do it. Then, about six years ago I adopted a Weimaraner named Beulah. She had been the single dog of a single owner. He had chosen his fiancée over Beulah, and she’d been sent to Oregon Weimaraner Rescue.
She moved to our house, which is full of kids and dogs and cats. It was quite a shock to her, but she learned to love us and enjoy her new life. About six months after I adopted her, I woke up in the middle of the night. I felt this pain in my chest, as if I was ready to sob. Then I heard her ask “What did I do?” I asked her what she was talking about. She asked me again, “What did I do that I had to leave? I don’t know what I did.” I told her that she didn’t do anything, and that this was her forever home.
The next day, I tried again, and I didn’t get anything from her. It was later that I learned that strong emotions transfer the easiest.
How long have you been doing this professionally?
I spent a long time honing my skills as an intuitive animal communicator, talking with hundreds of animals and validating their answers. I started my business, Pets are Talking! in March 2008.
Tell us how this works - how do you actually "talk" with the animals?
We are energetic beings, and on an atomic level, we’re sharing energy with everything around us. We pick up information via intuition every day. Most of us just don’t notice. This is how you know who’s calling before looking at caller id, and why you may get a funny feeling about somebody without knowing why. When I talk with a pet, all I’m doing is sending out and receiving energy from that pet.
Telepathic information can be sent and received in 7 different ways:
- Clairaudience: Hearing words
- Clairvoyance: Seeing pictures, movies and symbols
- Clairempathy: Experiencing feelings
- Claircognizance: clear knowledge of a situation or history
- Touch - experiencing physical sensations
- Taste - experiencing what the animal tastes (not always a pleasant experience!)
- Smell - experiencing what the animal smells
What are the most common dog behavior problems and other dog issues that you encounter in your profession? What are the typical solutions?
I think the number one behavior issue is aggression. In the past six years, I’ve talked with many dogs that are aggressive towards other dogs. There are a number of reasons that a dog may behave aggressively. With any issue, I ask the dog why he behaves that way. If I can understand the why, the owner and the dog and I can work together to figure out a how to resolve the issue.
Aggression is usually some combination of fear and dominance, often with an over-emphasized need to protect. By building confidence and controlling dominance, you can work towards reducing and resolving aggression issues. Animal communication doesn’t cure aggression. Taming aggression also requires training and setting up situations to foster the dog’s success.
Currently, I’m working with a Dachshund that has fear aggression issues towards children. Bruiser was able to show me why he’s so afraid and angry towards children. A kid stepped on him, putting his full weight on Bruiser’s back, when Bruiser was a young dog. Bruiser suffers from back issues today, which may be related to that incident.
By telling his story and by describing his fear, Bruiser was able to move forward from it. His human mom told him (through me) that kids will never be able to hurt him again. This understanding also provided Bruiser with some relief. When Bruiser says he’s ready, we’re going to slowly introduce him to a kind kid (my eleven year old has volunteered). We’ll keep everyone safe and go slowly, as Bruiser feels he can handle it. A slow and quiet series of encounters will help Bruiser move towards overcoming his fear. The goal here isn’t to get Bruiser to the point where any kid can pet him. We’re just trying to get him to the point where he can be in the same room as a kid without completely freaking out.
Other issues that I commonly encounter: separation anxiety, poop-eating, and barking at the door.
You have probably talked with numerous dogs over the years. Based on your experience, do you have any general recommendations for dog owners out there about improving their relationships with their dogs, keeping their dogs happy, and understanding their dogs?
I’ve talked with hundreds of dogs. There are several things that people can do to improve their relationships.(Continued on page 2)
First, find three times each day to spend five minutes with your dog. This isn’t walking time or feeding time or even play time. This is just time to sit and pet your dog and focus on their feelings. With my dogs, they get 5 minutes right after their morning outside time, in the early evening and right before bed. Just looking into their eyes and scratching their bellies helps me to feel close to them.
Secondly, talk with your dog like they can understand what you’re saying. Dogs appreciate this, as it helps them to feel more included.
Third, when you go out, tell your dog where you’re going and when you’re coming back.
Fourth, never insult your dog. Never call your dog dumb or fat. You’d be amazed at how many people do this, without even thinking about it. Words hurt.