I’ve always tried to teach my dogs to do things without
my needing to say anything. Either by looking
at them or, with using hand signals. I think it’s kind of
a neat thing to do.
Tim is a very smart dog. He also tells me when he thinks it’s
time to go for his walk. He won’t leave the front door!

Chloe used to get so frustrated when I would look at
Tim without speaking and he’d react by jumping up and down
excited, wagging his tail and such.

“How do you do get him to do that?”

“I talk to him.”

“No you don’t. You can’t talk to a dog without
saying anything Bren!”

“Yes, you can. I talk telepathically and tell him
what I want him to do and he knows.”

“That’s so not true. But, how does he know what you
want him to do?
Tell me because I want to do it too!”

“I am telling you the truth. I just have to think
about taking him for a walk and, he’s there at the
door, waiting for me.
I just have to think about feeding him and he’s
there in the kitchen, waiting.
I just tell him in my mind to go get his toys
and he brings them.
Sometimes I just smile or raise an eyebrow and he
knows it’s play time. Dogs are very smart, you know!”

“Well, teach me how to do it too then because
he just ignores me unless I speak to him”

“I can’t teach you. You can either do ‘it’
or you can’t.”

“Not fair.”

“C’est la vie.”


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Shared with With Real Toads Mary’s Mixed Bag: Two sides of the coin

Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

18 thoughts on “Telepathy”

  1. Silence in communication is very primal, very pack oriented. Well done! And a very nice write too…great!

  2. This is so cute. We used to have a Yorkie named “Binker” … tiny little thing with a heart of a lion! Chased an Opossum (three times his size) behind bushes one night. Would take on Boxers and any dog that walked by. And boy, did he like to eat ice cream on my husband lap. Thanks for the memory and great job on this poetry prompt… I’m having tough time with this one. (oh, by the way, Rosie had her baby about 10 days ago. I am posting photos on my horse blog now. šŸ™‚

  3. My first puppy was similar…I didn’t know anything about raising a dog and no experience to try this totally…Thanks for the post.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  4. haha..c’est la vie indeed…think it needs a strong emotional connection and we understand each other without it people or dogs…smiles

  5. I love this poem! I agree, either you can or you can’t~ My dog runs when I come home and proceeds to make all this different whines telling me what I missed. He doesn’t do this with anyone, but me. I sit and listen when he does it and I say, “what else?” My kids think I’m cuckoo, but he really does do this. I so agree they are trying to communicate with us, we just have to listen ;D You are the dog whisperer!

  6. I totally believe you. One of my dogs and I have a very special relationship like that. The other one is a sweet lush who just rolls over for pets whenever you cross her path.

  7. I love human-dog communication. It is definitely on a different level from every day communication.
    I loved your poem, and Tim is too, too cute.

  8. haha…too funny…and very cool that you are able to teach him to understand like that as well….and if i did not know your trick that would drive me batty as well…haha.

  9. I have never had a dog, but I can imagine that it could be like this. Long-time companions don’t need words for everything, human or canine … : )

  10. I LOVE TIM!!!!! Really I do! Bren, this is such a great post. I SO love your easy conversational style. What an amazing connection you have with, Tim. Thank you for introducing him to us!! BIG smiles!

  11. I don’t know about talking telepathically, as I have not experienced THAT with my dogs. However, I do know they read my body language, can figure out I am going AWAY by my unspoken actions. They can figure out I am PLANNING to take them for a walk and get all excited. They know which time I walk into the kitchen it is their time to eat. They are good observers, but I don’t think that if I stayed sitting in a chair and contemplated a walk that they would get it. If Tim does, he is indeed VERY smart. An enjoyable read.

  12. Ah yes the mysteries of speaking to dogs. They do seem to know don’t they.

  13. I LOVE this! Pup and I communicated telepathically too. I would just THINK “walk?” and he’d start barking and getting excited – and then I had to go…….Timmy is so darned cute. My daughter’s Yorkie is trained to hand signals, they are smart little critters.

  14. As someone who has long chats with the goats, I just love this! It amazes my mom when I tell Meg there’s clean water in the pool and she walks over and gets a drink. šŸ™‚

  15. I certainly agree that there is more than one way to communicate with our doggie companions. I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted poem.

  16. Dogs do know … My dog knows when I will get a migraine headache … he knows 1 or 2 days before … he will not leave my side for anything, sometimes physically sticking so close to me that I have to stumble in order to get by him …

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