The Bird Sound

Humans are the loudest animals I know. Our verbal communication has too many noise. This noise originates a number of unusual characteristics, adapted more and more to the social requirements as I wrote in this article.

In the article in which I made the presentation of this project, I mentioned that I have always been a person of few words, perhaps that is why I am so observant and it is in the silence and natural sounds that I find peace.

I have always used my innate characteristics in animal training, especially in silence and observation. Over the years, I have been proving on a daily basis that science is increasingly demonstrating the efficacy of correct use of sounds in interspecific communication. Before that, I had the experience of “speaking” only when strictly and if really necessary. The result can not be better. The fluidity of communication is outstanding.

Sounds above the desired for the situation which may even have an inhibitory function, may not be effective. Animals do not follow our “ego warnings”(which I consider frustrations) and associations do not follow our “human demand standard”. Everything is simple if we make the effort to simplify.

All this learning and experience over the years has been accumulating in external environments with their natural sounds. I usually trained in gardens or forests with dogs and their owners, where the abundance of birds and their characteristic communication was our background. I also noticed that the higher sounds of the owners with the dogs made the communication more difficult, besides disturbing the environment.

Thus, I adopted the “Bird Sound” Principle. This principle is based on: “Any human sound produced and repeated beyond what is desired in a particular moment that smother the natural background sounds and does not produce any desireable behavior of the other species, means that such communication has a natural barrier which must be solve by silence.”

In this way, I always recommend to all participants that in order to communicate they do not have to yell, they should only use the sound in a appropriate volume to the situation in question. In doubt, do not speak.

From today, pay attention to the natural environment sound around you and respect it. Good communication!

The result can be seen in the “Teach without Speech” Presentation Video and in the following videos.

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Autor: Roberto Barata

Certified in Advanced Applied Ethology, Expert in Human Animal Studies, Animal Trainer, Researcher and "Teach without Speech" project author.