The Owl’s Corner, January, 2011 – Animal Privacy

January 12, 2011 by  
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Are Animals Considerate About Privacy?

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Jennifer L. asks:

"How can I know that my conversation with one animal is not heard by other animals, like those who belong to the same family?

"I am asking this question because I have once experienced an animal not wanting me to report one personal thing he told me to his person. Even after he died, he would not allow me to share what he had told me.

"Are animals being considerate about privacy?

"I have also experienced asking a personal question to an animal and getting no reply. I finally got the answer from another animal of the family when I asked him. Does this mean it's OK to ask other animal family members about the individual who is of greatest concern to their person?"


5 Responses to “The Owl’s Corner, January, 2011 – Animal Privacy”
  1. Laurie Moore says:

    Because animals live in the language of the heart they tend to be non- judgmental. An animal will compassionately ask you to refrain from telling a person something that will cause upset for the person. It may seem that the animal is worried about her or himself when his or her selfless care is actually at work. They tend to not worry about keeping secrets from other animals because all animals are heart-telepathic which is a non-judgmental frequency.

    Dr. Laurie Moore

  2. Each situation is unique, but sometimes it may take going deeper with an animal to find out why they may not wish to share certain information. Once the deeper reason is understood, most animals are happy or relieved to have their person understand what is going on with them. Sometimes you can come back to an issue later on, or approach the question in a different kind of way, if it is something that an animal is particularly sensitive about.

    With regard to other animals in the household or herd, sometimes it can be helpful to get other perspectives. Doing so can also help to “fill in the picture” if it is a particularly difficult or sensitive situation. Animals can be asked to respect privacy and wait their turn to speak, just like people, and you can let the animals know that you will be asking others for their viewpoints if it’s relevant to the situation.

    I’ve found that if I approach the animals with respect, honesty, and sensitivity, and explain to them that I’m there to help their person understand them better, that most of the time they will be willing to share even difficult things, because just like us, animals want to have harmony and understanding in their families. I also approach all consultations with the attitude that I’m a “translator”, not an advocate for any party. Staying in that neutral place can help the animals feel more comfortable about sharing difficult things.

    Remember that each animal and each situation is unique, so there can be lots of variety in individual situations. Thanks for your excellent question!

    Nancy Windheart

  3. WaggingTales says:

    Other animals that are tuned into the conversation can hear the questions and can reply, even if it was not directed at them. However,they usually don’t interfere with the conversation unless it directly impacts them. I would suggest focusing on one animal at a time and let the others know they will egt thier turn. The animals will usually honotr your request. Just like we need to honor their request if they ask you not to share your conversation with them.

    Tim Link
    Wagging Tales

  4. digartz says:

    Family (pet memebers) can be asked to tune out of the conversation and respect each others privacy. Now whether they fully do it is up to the individual just like any human who might take steps to listen through the door of the family counselor to see what is being said about themselves out of jealously, rage, fear or the whole range of emotions that cause that behavior of distrust.

  5. Louise says:

    Jennifer, this is a great question. I have often wondered the same, especially when communicating with horses. They are connected as a herd. Looking forward to reading comments…..