As an animal communicator I know animals communicate in pictures, not words. You need to be conscious of the fact you cannot speak a word without your mind picturing what you are saying. When speaking to people, we have a mental picture of what we are about to say even if we are not
conscious of it. It is very important to become aware of this.
Our most common way to communicate with other people is through speech. We also use eye contact, body posture, and tone of voice as we speak whether conscious of it or not. I find it interesting that as humans we vocalize all day long at and to each other. Perhaps the exception to that now is people using electronic devices to communicate verbally and visually. However, if dogs vocalize too much, we become very annoyed with them. Dogs that do a lot of barking or whining are expressing, fear, anxiety, or boredom.
Animals mostly use nonverbal communication. They use body posture as a primary way of communicating and vocalize in conjunction with body language. There is a continuous flow/display through body language.
It is very important to understand that behind the word is the thought and behind the thought is the energetic intention of what we are going to say.
The sad part is that most people are more focused on what is wrong and what they do not want as opposed to what they do want. It is important to shift our thoughts and vocabulary to what we do want. The energy of our thoughts is either positive or negative and attracts either positive or negative energy. This is why the vocabulary we use with our animal companions is so important. What we have is two very different species attempting to coexist with each other and communicate in a way understood by both.