Animal Communication ~ Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered

Welcome to the Magical World of Animal Communication!

Are you thinking of booking a consultation with a professional animal communicator or even wondered about talking with your companion animal yourself? If so, then I have written this guide with you in mind. I hope to answer some of the questions you may be asking, such as:

  • Do animal communicators work with a Code of Ethics?
  • What should I expect during a session?
  • How can a communicator help me deal with my companion’s medical issues?
  • What do I do if my companion is lost or missing?
  • How do I know when it is time to euthanise?
  • When and how do I work with an animal who has passed over?
  • What should I do if I have had a bad experience with a communicator?
  • How do I learn to talk with my companion myself? 

Despite the rising popularity of psychic communication today, it can still seem rather obscure, woo-woo or just downright weird. I hope to bust some of the myths floating around out there, tell you what animal communication is and what it is not, explain how it is done and in which situations you should seek out professional help.

So, let’s get started …

What is Animal Communication?

Put very simply, animal communication (or the art of talking with animals) is the transference of information between an animal, bird, fish, insect, reptile, etc. and a human (and vice versa). It takes place below the level of thinking and speaking on an energetic, some would say quantum, level. This is also called telepathy, which is defined in the dictionary as: 

“The ability to know what is in someone else’s mind or to communicate with someone mentally from a distance, without using words or other physical signals.”

How does this transference of information work?

Telepathy can be seen as a natural extension of the five senses and is accessed via our bodies. Telepathic ‘messages’ are just like radio waves being transmitted from a radio tower and our bodies have been exquisitely designed to tune into them just like a radio set. Even if our receivers are ‘turned off’ right at this moment, it doesn’t mean that the radio waves have stopped being broadcast everywhere around us.

Quietening the mind-chatter and moving back into our bodies is the first step we must take in order to turn the radio receiver on again. This involves us being absolutely present in order to lower distractions (such as habitual thinking) to the minimum, focusing on the animal in front of us – either in the flesh or through a photo – sending out an intention to connect with them and then waiting to receive information back. 

This information may come in the form of feelings (or the felt-sense), words, images, smells, tastes, sounds, memories or knowingness and will arrive directly into the telepath’s body. The information can then be passed on to the animal’s guardian either in written or spoken form. Scientific research into telepathy HAS occurred and it has been proven to exist. It still remains on the fringes of scientific inquiry however, as mainstream science waits for its own paradigms to stretch far enough to encompass it. 

Researchers such as the biologist Rupert Sheldrake and parapsychologist Dean Radin have dedicated their lives to this field of inquiry and have made very important strides in the area of telepathy. If you would like to explore more about this topic, you may find it fascinating to read the following books: 

Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home (And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals) by Rupert Sheldrake, based on a series of scientific experiments with humans and their dogs, Entangled Minds and The Conscious Universe by Dr. Radin, based on twenty years of clinical studies at Stanford Research Institute.

Seasoned communicators know full-well that telepathy is real.

tabby cat reaching up

Just imagine, nearly all of these communicators started life like most of us; skeptical and full of doubt about the ‘transfer of information at a distance’ but the difference is that they have had proof over and over again that the information they receive directly from an animal, where it may defy the ‘laws’ of Newtonian Science, can be nothing else but telepathy.

My first breakthrough came whilst talking to a horse about the field he lived in. I was communicating to him via a photograph and could not see the animal nor his surroundings. I received a very clear image of a windmill, which I relayed on to his guardian. She confirmed that indeed there was a wind turbine overlooking her horse’s paddock. 

Now information like this one may think is just a ‘fluke’ – and for a while I thought it was – but when you are practising animal communication regularly and accurate information comes through again and again and again, without using words or any other physical signals, one starts to realise that there is no way this can be a lucky coincidence.

How did Animal Communication start?

Penelope Smith is regarded as the Grandmother of modern animal communication, although people have been talking with animals since the dawn of human civilisation. In 1971 she discovered that animals could be relieved of trauma by using the same counselling techniques as were used with humans, these included mental, spiritual, and physical communication techniques.

Besides asking animals if they have any pain or where it hurts, she could ‘look’ inside their bodies for distress or blocked energy and help locate areas that may have needed veterinary attention. She coined the term ‘Interspecies Telepathic Communication’ and wrote about it in a series of books Animal TalkWhen Animals Speak and Animals in Spirit, which have become classics in the field.

Penelope went on to train many others in the art of animal communication and slowly it became more widespread, with many people such as Carol Gurney, Joan Ranquet, Maia Kincaid, Amelia Kinkade, Nancy Windheart, Marta Williams, Pea Horsley and Anna Breytenbach offering their services professionally.

Why would I need to see an animal communicator?

We all suspect that animals have complex and emotional lives yet we rarely go deeper than the most obvious signs our companions give us every day. It may seem daunting to tap into the deeper side of their experience and this is why many people will seek out the help of a professional who has made it their vocation to receive direct thoughts, feelings and emotions from the animals themselves.

There are many reasons why someone may ask a communicator to talk to their companion; many people reach a point where they believe they have tried everything to deal with their animal’s ‘bad’ behaviour, others may simply want to learn more about their companion’s life, their likes and dislikes and funny quirks, for example.

Animals are energetic beings just like us and the underlying cause of medical and behavioural issues can often be emotional trauma. In your everyday life, an animal will often be trying to tell you what is wrong but because they cannot use words, the signs can go unnoticed. 

Here are some examples of why you may want to contact an animal communicator:

  • Your companion has general fears and anxieties and you would like to find out the root cause of the problem.
  • Your companion has an issue that mystifies the vet and you suspect that it could be emotional or psychological.
  • Your companion is preparing to have surgery and you need to let them know what is going to happen and why.
  • You want advice on which alternative therapy will be the most effective and would like to know if your companion  consents to the treatment and which one they prefer.
  • Your rescue companion is showing signs of past abuse and trauma and you would like to find out about their prior life.
  • You will be going through changes to your routine and/or life and you need to let them know about these changes and what they may have to deal with.
  • You need to administer palliative care to your companion and want to ask them the best way to proceed.
  • You need to decide whether to carry out euthanasia and would like to ask your companion when they feel they are ready to pass over and if they need assistance in doing so.
  • Your companion is lost and you need someone to locate them for you.
  • Your companion displays emotional and behavioural issues and you need to understand how you can better support them.
  • Your companion has depression and you would like to ask them why.
  • You would like to help your service and/or emotional support animal by asking them how they feel about their job.
  • You want to know what fun things your companion loves to do, so that you can make sure their days are the happiest they can be.

As you can see, with many issues, it often boils down to the fact that we just need to ask the animals how they feel about the situation – it really can be as simple as that! Often, it is better to seek the help of someone who is neutral, unbiased and removed from the immediate situation, who can step in and let you know exactly what is going on with your companion. 

Communications DO NOT have to be serious, they can be light and fun. We don’t only have to seek out the help of a telepath when there is something wrong.

What areas do animal communicators specialise in?

Most of the animal communicators I have had the pleasure to work alongside tend to specialise in one or two areas that they are gifted and interested in, and develop these skills to the highest level in order to serve animals and people to the best of their abilities.

These can be in (but are not limited to) the following areas:

  • Medical Intuition
  • Past Lives
  • End-of-Life Transitions
  • Lost Pets
  • Energy Work
  • Soul Mission
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Palliative Care Assistance
  • Counselling

Most communicators will work closely alongside other professionals and if they themselves do not specialise in the area that you need help with, they will not hesitate to refer you to another communicator whom they feel may serve you better.

What questions should I ask before I book a communication?

It is always wise to ask a few questions before you book a consultation and professionals will always be willing to answer you by email or arrange a discovery call. Ask them what you need to do to prepare and be prepared for them to ask you questions about your situation! They may want to know certain things about your animal but a good communicator should keep prior knowledge of your companion to a minimum.

Many professionals have busy schedules and get booked up in advance very quickly, so they may ask you to meet certain criteria before booking you in. They should then let you know how the communication will be carried out and how you will receive the information about your animal; if it is a Zoom session for instance, don’t forget to ask if it can be recorded and sent to you afterwards.

Should I use my intuition to decide who to go with?

Because this profession is based on intuition, I believe it is best to rely on your gut-feeling to choose a communicator rather than their certificates! So, I suggest you try to suss out the situation from a more subtle level in addition to your thinking mind; this may be as simple as picking up on your body’s reactions when you talk to them or browse their website.

It’s all good practice …

Should I ask the communicator to work with my animal in-person or from a photo?

There are certain downsides to having the animal present during a session; the communicator can become distracted and concentrate more on their behaviour than the information they are trying to pick up, so they may ask you to provide them with a photo, even if you want your companion to be present at the consultation.

That being said, there are sometimes instances when your companion’s presence is required; when the practitioner offers hands-on healing for instance. I find there is always something magical to working with animals when they are present. The decision however, is entirely yours.

What kind of photo should I send the communicator?

It will help them immensely if you send a photo which shows your companion’s eyes, as this is often the point of contact for a communicator. Try not to make it more difficult for them to connect with the true essence of your companion by sending them a photo that shows a certain side of their personality such as a ‘cheeky grin’.

That being said, I often use the photo for a few moments at the beginning of a consultation and then, I do not refer to it again, so closed-eyes or funny-poses do not matter so much.

Should I choose a live one-to-one session or a written transcript?

Many communicators offer both options; some will only carry out written correspondence, others prefer to work live and one-to-one every time. It is a personal preference; in my practice I use video transcripts as blueprints or master documents for any subsequent work that is carried out but it is always best to check with the communicator first.

I am still not certain I believe in all this stuff!

So we have got this far and you still are not entirely convinced that all of this is real?


It’s not fair to say that you will be able to verify everything you receive from a telepath. Studies have shown that only 80% of intuitive readings are correct and so it is always good to keep a look out for the flotsam and jetsam floating into the communication from other sources.

When you decide to open your heart and let your skeptical mind fade into the background, you will realise that anything is possible and it is amazing what insights you can make from seemingly ‘random’ information.

At the end of the day, it may be as simple as witnessing a change in your companion after the communication, whether you ‘believe’ in what the communicator has said or not. The mere fact that your companion has been listened to in a safe and loving environment is often enough of a jumpstart for them to then move into a more positive outlook.

Do animal communicators work with a code of ethics?

Not all animal communicators work to the same standards; there has been an upsurge in interest recently in our new-found relationship with our non-human friends in books and magazines, youtube videos and films and because of this, many more ‘professional’ animal intuitives have appeared on the scene.

These people claim to talk with animals but there is no governing body that oversees practitioner ethics, therefore, it is often up to the client to decide how they feel about the animal communicators they connect with.

The bottom line is that all intuitives should work with the highest ethical regard for everyone involved and they should have the animal’s highest interests at heart. Always ask to see statements of intention or a code of ethics before you work with any communicator and pay attention for things do not feel ‘right’ to you.

What should a telepath NOT be doing?

They should not diagnose any medical issue.

They should not insist that your companion (or you) change your behaviour if you do not feel willing to.

They should not force you to consult other professionals.

They should not enforce any method of training, either reward or punishment-based.

They should not encourage you into any kind of coercive behaviour towards your companion.

They should not insist that you follow programs or schedules that are misaligned with your companion’s (or your own) goals.

They should not be invasive in any way nor work against the wishes of your companion (or you) at any time.

They should not go against your companion’s (or your) right to privacy and freedom of speech.

They should not judge or berate you for ignoring their recommendations.

What exactly takes place during a consultation?

collie pup waiting for his owner

After receiving your companion’s photo, the communicator will either connect in with them in their own time and give you a written transcript of the conversation or set up a consultation where they will connect with your companion in front of you. This usually takes place on Facebook Messenger, Skype, Zoom or telephone.

Expect them to be centred, grounded and perhaps a little distant during a live call; they will have prepared themselves in certain ways in order to receive your companion’s insights and their focus may be on them more than you.

They will normally start by telling you how they work and whether they usually receive words, feelings, images, sensations or just a ‘knowing’ from animals.They may continue by giving you information about your companion’s characteristics and then go onto ask about any issues or concerns you may have. They will allow the conversation flow naturally. 

There may be a back-and-forward conversation where you have a chance to ask more questions or the communicator may prefer to wait until the end to ask if you need to know anything else.

Some communicators will give you the chance to connect in with your companion yourself, many do not.  

The written/recorded communication takes place without you being present and the transcript will be sent to you to review and comment upon afterwards.

How can a communicator help me deal with my companion’s medical issues?

Communicators will not try to fix medical problems or emergencies, in fact, unless they are a qualified veterinarian, they should not attempt to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

In ALL CASES of medical emergency,
 your vet is the first port of call.

Communicators will, however:

Work alongside your vet to help assess the level of pain your companion may be experiencing and let you know if they want pain relief.

Explain to your companion what is happening or, with the case of upcoming surgeries and procedures, let them know what is going to take place.

Ask your companion if they would like to try any alternative therapies.

Some communicators specialise in medical intuition and will be able to ‘look inside’ your companion to sense for energy imbalances and may even see colours, feel heat and receive other information about the state of your companion’s energetic and physical body. 

What do I do if the animal is lost or missing?

This is a special situation that not every animal communicator is qualified for or wants to deal with because of the possible trauma that can be involved during those uncertain hours, days and maybe even weeks.

Communicators are required to be in constant contact with the animal, so that they can report any changes in the situation and they must also face the possibility of having to pass on bad news to you.

Contact an animal communicator that is very experienced in this area, give them as much detail about what may have triggered your companion to disappear and try to remain as calm as possible in order to give the communicator the best chance of working with you to locate them.

Remember that not even the best intuitive can be 100% accurate and that the situation may have a chance of never being resolved.

How do I know if/when it is time to euthanise?

tabby cat sleeping whiskers black and white

Death and dying is not viewed the same way by animals as it is seen by modern humans. They are more practical and matter-of-fact about the whole issue and in most cases, they understand that the spirit continues on after death.

That being said, the trauma of knowing when to assist in an animal’s passing can be alleviated with the help of a communicator who is able to ask your companion whether they are ready or not, despite outward signs of deterioration, pain and suffering.

Many animals have a high pain threshold and may request to be left to pass over in their own time and way. Others may ask for assistance in passing and will be able to indicate to the communicator when that moment has come.

Many communicators specialise in assisting an animal with transitioning and will spend prolonged periods of time in contact with you, checking in on the situation and connecting with your companion’s ‘progress’; asking them what pain relief they may want and relaying their other requests to you.

When and how do I work with an animal who has passed over?

We all build long-lasting and deep relationships with our companions and this can extend beyond death. You may be missing them intensely. When an animal talks to their beloved guardian from beyond the veil, it is often very moving and will give both parties a chance to heal from any episodes they may have had that they feel have not yet been resolved. This is when an experienced afterlife communicator can come in, relay any messages your companion may have for you and help you work through any issues you feel you may have.

What if I don’t understand what my companion is trying to tell me?

Upon first hearing what your companion has to say, you may be confused or have no idea what their words mean. Animals lead such different lives from us and see things in a very different light. They will work in very creative and imaginative ways however, using all the resources they can to get the message across to you via the communicator. It will take skill and some lateral thinking in order to decipher the sometimes simple, often more complex ideas that are going on inside the animal’s head.

Memories, images, metaphors, word associations and conundrums oftencome up in communications and it falls on you to understand what personal relevance these things may have to your life. A good animal communicator will offer follow-up sessions in order for you to work through the imagery you have received and ask your companion for more clarification if needed.

This process often takes time to work its way into your subconscious and it may be days or even weeks before the connections are made; just like a dream that you may have difficulty recalling first thing in the morning but then pops up during the day when you come across something that triggers the full recollection of it.

Be gentle and give yourself time to let the words your companion shares with you to sink in fully. Keep it light and fun; animals love to send their happiness and joy at being alive (or rescued or given a second chance at life) to you through anecdotes and jokes that only you understand and these may become apparent only after the initial communication has long past.

Think of your conversation with your companion as a jigsaw puzzle slowly coming together to reveal the picture. Remember, you can always ask more questions and in fact, a good communicator should work with you to pinpoint the exact questions that need to be asked in order for you to receive as many pieces of the puzzle as possible and be willing to work with you on a long-term basis if you so choose.

What if the communicator tells me things I already know?

inquisitive sheep

Many communicators will relay your companion’s characteristics to you at the beginning of a consultation. This is so the communicator can establish some rapport with your companion 

and allow you to verify that they have connected in with the correct animal. It also helps the communicator find out how willing your companion is to enter into a conversation with them. 

You may invariably know about most of this information because you are already completely in tune with them (yet may not even be aware of it).

Often, when there are sensitive issues to discuss, your companion may prefer to keep the conversation light for a while until they are ready to go deeper. At some point in the communication however, information should start cropping up that is only half-familiar to you or that is completely unknown; this progression is natural and serves to let them open up slowly and surely to you.

Sometimes, your companion may like to discuss topics that you may have no inkling about. This is always a cause for celebration, as it indicates that your companion has moved into a space of complete trust with you and this is where the real work can begin …

What if the situation does not change after the consultation?

No animal will change any part of their behaviour if they do not want to and often, it is up to you to take the lead when it comes to this. Many communicators specialise in working with the animal and human in tandem with each other to resolve the issues encountered.

What should I do if I have had a bad experience with an animal communicator?

If, after all of this, your expectations have not been met in some way, please talk to the communicator about it. We always encourage your feedback and a good practitioner will offer you the chance to discuss the situation if things have not worked out the way you expected.

Often however, it will be the communicator who picks up on the ‘lack of connection’ taking place and suggest the consultation is ended or rearranged. Your companion may not always be willing to talk right at the time of the session (and they may NEVER be willing) and we cannot force or cajole them into speaking to us if they do not want to! Animal communication is, at the end of the day, all about creating a safe space for an animal to be heard without judgment or expectations.

Good communicators will work as hard as they can to create this space in every single one of their sessions. I cannot understate what delicate and sacred work this is, nor allow you to underestimate the subtle power that can run deeply through you when you connect fully with your companion, even if they have nothing to say to you right there and then.

So, give yourself time for the magic to  settle in and if you are still not satisfied with the way the session panned out, raise your concerns with the communicator. They will be only too willing to help.

How do I talk with my companion myself?

Everyone can talk to animals, without exception; the question is, how exactly do we, in this modern world learn or (more accurately remember) how to do it?

This is where a communicator can help you; they have the knowledge and

experience to introduce you to techniques that will calm your mind chatter, bring you back into alignment with your heart and make the all-important connection.

When is the right time for me to start talking to my companion?

cat and human paw high five

Don’t think that there is a ‘right time’ to start talking to your companion because I have to tell you that, without you realising it, you are already doing it! Find out in advance if the communicator is willing to give you a chance to connect in with your companion yourself during a session and if they will be prepared to guide you during follow-up sessions.  

Although it is entirely possible to learn how to talk with your companion by yourself, the validation, feedback and support you will gain from working with a professional communicator is incredibly valuable, I would say essential. It will allow you to learn in a safe environment and help you overcome the uncertainties and doubts that invariably arise at the beginning.

Communicators may also offer a package designed for you to make your connection more solid over time. This can be one of the best ways to continue developing and refining your communication with your companion.

It is also possible to read books about how other people have learned to talk with their animals. These can be a wonderful resource if you want to hear stories and anecdotes and some will include exercises set up specifically for anyone who wants to get started themselves. 

A simple online search will yield many great books on the subject but I can recommend anything from Penelope Smith, Maia Kincaid, Pea Horsely or Dawn Braume-Brunke.  

But I am not receiving anything from the animal when I connect with them.

All I can say is – DON’T GIVE UP!

You are moving out of a left-brained analytical world into the magical space of right-brain intuition and you may need time to let the old mindset fall away. You cannot rush the process. 

Remember, even if you receive only a brief fleeting image from your companion, it could be of huge meaning to you. I have seen miraculous transformations take place just by relaying one single word to a person during a consultation.

Often, this word can become an incredible focus for change and when used like a touchstone, connects the person to their companion in the most beautiful way and can bring a real strength and clarity to their relationship.

I help people tune into their bodily sensations with great focus, so that they may pick up even the extremely subtle messages their companion is sending out to them. It is always a great pleasure for me to help my clients start talking to their companions without the need for an intermediary and I always get a sense that some wonderful alchemy is taking place when they hear their companion ‘speak’ to them for the first time.

Remember, there is no greater teacher than the Guru sitting on the sofa next to you now, grazing out in the paddock or watching you from beyond the veil; relax, tune-in, put your hand in their hoof or paw, fin or claw and let them guide you into their magical world.

My name is Louisa Archer and I am an Animal Communicator, offering a range of communication services, which includes conversation, investigation and energy work with both domestic and wild animals. I specialise in intuitive death passage support with an emphasis on the natural transition process, taking into account the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the animal (and human) during the last weeks, days and hours of their life here on the earthly plain. I also provide afterlife readings for those people who want to keep in touch with their beloved one after death.

See full bio here.