Relax - Roll your shoulders back, take three deep breathes, and place a smile on your face. Animals are very empathetic. They can instantly pick up your energy and moods. Cats have often shown themselves entering and leaving a room due to their owner's energy.
A relaxed energy is always a welcoming energy for your pets.
Get Level - Get down to your pet's level. You can also bring them up to your level. Standing or leaning over you pet can be threatening. Your pets feel at their best when you are interacting with them on their level.
Visualize - Animals are very visual and telepathic. They can tune into what you're thinking. Your dog knows when he's headed to the vet because of your visual thoughts. Sending your visual intentions to your pets is a wonderful way to communicate with them. You can send loving hearts to physical commands.
Your pets will communicate with you through visuals as well. Simply ask your pets to send you their requests and concerns. Close your eyes to open up to your third eye. Write down everything that you receive. The more you begin to communicate with your pets, the easier it will get.