“Listen to the whispers and you won’t have to hear the screams.”
One of the reasons I enjoy the dogs in my life is because of how engaged and interested they are when we are together. Spunky seems intrigued with our chats as he sits on the floor with his outstretched paws reaching towards me. Harley’s wagging tail and occasional ‘woofs’ tell me that what I’m saying matters.
I think we humans appreciate animals because they naturally employ some of the five key elements of active listening. These elements help you ensure that you hear the other person, and that the other person knows you are hearing what they are saying.