Originally Posted by cheylink
I absolutely believe and know for a fact that "animal whisperers" exist. The famous Pat Parelli, the Horse Whisperer, Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, are the real deal.
I'll agree with the Horse Whisperer, but you have the wrong dog person - it's Jan Fennell, the Dog Listener, who is actually close personal friends with Pat Parelli, the Horse Whisperer. She learned what he did with horses and found a comparable theory with dogs after a long study of wolf packs.
A close friend of mine trained under Jan Fennell, and I had a remarkable 3 hour lunch discussion with Jan. I was able to refine the tactics that I used with my dogs based on her theory and they work wonders. So you can call me a dog listener.
"Whispering" is not about communicating to an animal in human terms. It's all about understanding the instinctual nature of a species and communicating to them in their terms. Don't ever confuse this with any human language, nor the ability to read their minds. My disagreement about Cesar Milan is that he only taps into a small portion of a dogs natural instincts.
I asked Jan point blank about her opinions about cat listening. After a good chuckle, she told me if I ever found the cat species in the wild that most closely resembled the behavior patterns of the domestic cat, then to study what motivates them. When you look at behavior patterns in feral cat colonies, the closest species behavioral wise are lions. When you look at behavior advise on this forum that works, a lot of that comes straight out of what works for lions in successful prides.
So I do believe in whispering, but not in the sense that most people understand.