May 16th, 2012
Training Humans 101- Lecture 1
Posted by Pia
While we are often programmed to think that we humans are the ones shaping the minds of our fur kids- much of the time, it is just the opposite. Our animal companions are actually quite brilliant teachers-many are in fact tenured at Ivy League Dog Parks across the nation. The canine approach to teaching is consistent and gentle- it often comes by way of a subtle reminder or by a live demonstration of the course material in real time...
1 They call our attention to the cycles of nature and it's inherent wisdom
2 They remind us to take breaks from work and to connect with what's really important.
3 They demonstrate a strong sense of self and bring out the love we each have within us, to offer
4 They remind us to stretch and do yoga
5 They teach us that even the smallest creature has needs and feelings... and their protection from humans often depends upon the compassion of other humans...
6 They lead us on a shared journey for as long or short a time as we have together
7 They offer a perspective on things that we had yet to consider
8 By allowing us to rescue them, they teach us we can make the world a better place...then they make it even better by gracefully turning around and rescuing us...
That is all for today's lesson. Be prepared for a possible pop quiz- to be administered at the sole discretion of your canine professor. Lecture 2 will begin promptly a week from today. Office hours will be held as per the syllabus- please do note however, that the office location has changed from the red hydrant at Main and Cyprus to the newer yellow hydrant recently installed at Maple and Bone.
Dr. Pia Salk
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