We had the good fortune of connecting with Liz Murdoch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liz, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Being able to tune in to myself and my inner knowing, connecting and being fully present with my clients, both animals and people, and trusting my intuition create the foundation of my success with my business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have created a business that allows me to work with people and animals in a variety of situations, which I love. I am different from most other animal communicators in that I specialize in talking with dogs and finding out what they want and need people to know, I think what also sets me apart and got me where I am today is how I regularly integrate my understanding of learning and curriculum design by drawing on my Masters of Arts in Education and years as a corporate trainer. I blend all that human development and how people learn knowledge with my years of dog training, animal-assisted therapy, dog rescue work as an animal evaluator and placing dogs in homes. I also have three senior dogs, all of whom came to me as foster dogs. This mix of education, training, and experience with the dogs makes me uniquely qualified to translate what dogs share with me into messages that resonate with both private and larger audiences.
My clients are all over the world, and even though I talk to an assortment of animals, I still spend most of my work time chatting with dogs and helping their people understand what their dogs are thinking or coaching others to do the same. While I my favorite part of my job are my chat sessions with the dogs and their people, I also enjoy my teaching and creative endeavors. I have products in development, a newly formatted workshop coming in the spring which draws on my decades of experience training people on Active Listening, Building Resilience, and Tuning into oneself.
It has definitely been challenging building a thriving business out of quiet practice of dog conversations. But my why is strong and that is what keeps me going. I have witnessed too many dog and family transformations, and know what can happen when people listen and respect the personal preferences of a dog, whether a puppy or a senior dog about to cross over. Whether a dog has become withdrawn, suddenly shows an odd behavior change, or people are finally willing to explore their own behavior modifications based on requests dogs have shared with me, I’m grateful when an hour chat can transform an entire household. For instance one client didn’t realize the mixed messages she was giving her dog about running out the front door. The dog showed me how sometimes she yelled “hurry up let’s go” and other times she yelled, “get back inside.’ The dog was confused and she learned to adjust her messaging and they no longer have issues with the dog running outside. Other dogs have resolved medical issues when I get a sense the meds are too strong and send them back to the vet to check if they can be adjusted, and when they are the dog starts acting happier. There are also times dogs request certain dog treats that make them feel better than others, just by me seeing a very specific picture in my mind of what a dog is requesting.
I want the world to know that my brand with the dogs! is committed to bringing dogs and their people together in community through conversation. Whether with me tuning in to a dog and getting information that can be used to enhance a dog relationship, supporting challenging decision making at end of life, or creating journals and workbooks, games and classes that get people connecting and more aware of the dogs in their life, my hope is that people will start considering themselves a dog person who is aligned with the dogs!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh, so many places we’d go. With our recent Covid lifestyle I’ve come to appreciate a nice afternoon drive and driving PCH from Santa Monica to Camarillo at sunset is quite spectacular.
I get to meet a lot of fun and interesting people because of the animals and when working special events around town. However, I do appreciate the diversity of Los Angeles and would take a visitor to a show at Groundlings, do some Farmer’s Market shopping for the unique LA offerings and interacting with the mix of people from all over So. Cal. which I regularly enjoy.
Food would depend on seasonal preferences, but I always like the hidden gem of Pace on Laurel Canyon, plus the special offerings of ocean side dining in Malibu, Then there are the vegan and breakfast joints, plus great coffee and tea variations we’d sample wherever we’d happen to be, but hopefully near Alfred’s and order some of their Rose Iced Tea.
For activities I’d also take my bestie to check out the lit up lights of Beverly Hills, dinner and a show at the Hollywood Bowl, both early morning and late afternoon beach walks and sunsets. Still seems life leftovers of covid friendly activities. Of course we’d hike Griffith Park, meander Huntington Gardens and of course there’s no place like home, with the dogs!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Joan Ranquet was one of my teachers in Animal Communication who encouraged me to be as specific as possible with receiving information from each of my animal clients so that my people clients would know the details I share is coming directly from their pets, and they can use it most effectively in creating solutions to their concerns.
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photo credit : Grace Mesenbring Foster