May 5, 2014 12:40 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News
"As a society we have underestimated the contribution dogs can make to our community," said Carolyn Leighton, owner of Love Dogs Camp in Arroyo Grande.
The former teacher now spends her days with dozens of four-legged friends. She is a self-taught dog health expert - researching everything from physical health to psychological health.
"Dogs know when an earthquake is coming. Dogs often can detect and anticipate a seizure. Find a tumor before a doctor," said Leighton.
Most recently, Leighton has been researching how to communicate with dogs. Turns out, the best way is telepathy, she explained.
"I talk to them first because, according to my research, dogs have a vocabulary of 600 words, so I specifically use language to tell them, but I also mentally, as I talk to them, create pictures of what I am saying," said Leighton.
She said it's easy, just close your eyes and think about what you want your dog to do.
"I have started to use telepathy to tell the dogs when their owner was going to come back and they started going to the area for pick-up," she explained.
Leighton said telepathy with the pups works, and just like we tell someone what we want with our words, she said thoughts replace those words for the dogs.
Leighton gives seminars about dog health, everything from nutrition to more about communication, click here for more information.
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