Communication Tips We Can Learn From Our Pets

by Betty Lochner on July 15, 2015

2015-06-12 21.58.52My husband and I had a really great date night when we redeemed a certificate my son gave me to take a paint class to learn to “Paint Your Pet.”  Who knew that 2 hours and a glass of wine would make me an artist?  But, as you can see by our displayed masterpieces here, that’s all it took!  It was a fun evening of meeting other dog lovers and indulging in our creative side.

Spending time talking about and painting our four-legged family members reminded me of some of my best and favorite communication tips I have learned from our family dogs, Penny and Ruben.

Top Commuication Tips Can Learn from Our Pets

1. Listen first. Listen with every bone in your body and as if your next snack depends on it.

2. Make a lot of noise when you need to. When you need to say something, say it.  Don’t withhold communicating because you are uncomfortable.  Be brace, and practice saying what you need to say, when you need to say it.

3. Say you’re sorry when you’ve done something bad. We all make mistakes, so just snuggle up and be cute and say (and mean) you are truly sorry.

4. Don’t bite people. Don’t be mean spirited or sarcastic when you communicate.  It will get you no respect and it’s not worth the consequences. You may even end up in a really bad place.

5. Wag your tail. Show appreciation and gratitude to those around you. It’s a very powerful communication tool and works every time.

6. Pay attention.  Pay attention to what you are paying attention to.

7. Live a balanced life. Enjoy the simple things in life. Learn some and think some and sing and dance and paint and play and work every day some!

I don’t ever remember taking a “Paint Your Child” art class.  Probably because when our kids were young, our goal was simply to get through the day.   Now that we are empty nesters with a less demanding family schedule we can take time to do something new and reflect.  Something I highly recommend doing every chance you get.


Betty, Ruben and Penny Betty, Ruben and Penny


Betty Lochner is a communication specialist, author, and professional speaker who teaches individuals and organizations how to make small changes that make huge differences in their relationships at work and home – improving morale, confidence and productivity. She is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home and 52 Communication Tips. Both are also available on

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