The only way to be absolutely sure that you are dealing with a legitimate animal communicator is to learn to communicate with animals yourself. Otherwise, you get into pretty dicey territory. Animal communicators claim to be able to read the minds of animals and tend to charge hefty fees. Some celebrities such as Vanessa Williams insist an animal communicator found her stolen Yorkshire Terrier, Enzo.
There is no one definitive organization for animal communicators that ensures that each member is legitimate and punishes those animal communicators that are frauds. However, there is a good argument that all animal communicators are frauds as there is no proof that anyone can form a telepathic link to an animal, or vice-versa. Most profesionals that know animal behavior very well are called behaviorists and do not claim telepathic powers.
But perhaps you happen to have a trusted friend or family member that has worked with a professional or amateur animal communicator in the past. Since animal communicators are a type of psychic, not many people are willing to admit they have worked with them. If a person you trust is willing to confide in you that they hired an animal communicator, then this is someone you should listen to. Find out if they were satisfied with the results and if they would recommend this person to you. Or, you could ask your vet to find you a behaviorist.
What About Certification?
There is a program called the Gurney Institute of Animal Communication that advertises that it is the only institution that trains people to become animal communicators. However, since animal communication is considered a pseudo-science, there is no accurate way yet known to determine how one person who paid a lot of money for a piece of paper is any better than others.
Animal communicators are psychics – with all of the good and bad implications that the word “psychic” conjures up. There is absolutely no way to discover if one psychic is better than another unless you try them out. This is why it’s recommended that you learn to communicate with your pets before an emergency rather than depending on a total stranger one an emergency arises.
There’s really no big deal about learning to communicate with your pet. You may get flashes of images or sensations suddenly in your head that you cannot initially identify their source or not. If you have taken the time to observe our pet’s behavior, antics and health, then you already have picked up on a lot of the non-verbal clues animals use.
This is the way animals are thught to communicate with each other and even learn to communicated with people. One such stallion was Clever Hans, once billed as a mind-reding horse. But in truth, he was a human body languague-reading horse, which is in itself remarkable.
And then there are things that we usually call “instinct” or “hunches”. It doesn’t matter what label we slap on it – if it helps you and your pet out in any way, call it whatever you want. You get to know the normal way your pet reacts to certain situations and over time strangers may call you a psychic.
For example, you may be walking your dog and suddenly get the urge to run after a squirrel. You are not a sport hunter and routinely chastise your dog for chasing any animal. Yet, suddenly, you had a fleeting thought of what fun it would be to go after a squirrel. It could be that your dog put that thought in your head. Or, it could be that you have emphasized with your dog to the point that you are starting to think like a dog. The point is, if your dog ever becomes lost, you know to check where the squirrels are hanging out in order to find the dog.
There are many books that also talk about how to become animal communicators. They may be in your local library so you don’t have to actually shell any money out for them. Some of them, such as from writer Marta Williams, can reach levels of fantasy that Stephen King would admire. Just take from them what you need, but chances are that if you’ve developed a bond with your pet, you already know how to think like your pet.
“Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook.” Debra M. Eldredge, DVM, et al. Howell Book House; 2007.
“Ask Your Animal.” Marta Williams. New World Library; 2008.
The Skeptic’s Dictionary. “The Clever Hans Phenomenon.” http://www.skepdic.com/cleverhans.html
ASPCA. “Reading Canine Body Postures.” http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/kids-and-pets/caninebody_language.pdf