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...

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They call our attention to the cycles of nature and it's inherent wisdom

1 They call our attention to the cycles of nature and it's inherent wisdom

They remind us to take breaks from work and to connect with what's really important.

2 They remind us to take breaks from work and to connect with what's really important.

They demonstrate a strong sense of self and bring out the love we each have within us, to offer

3 They demonstrate a strong sense of self and bring out the love we each have within us, to offer

They remind us to stretch and do yoga

4 They remind us to stretch and do yoga

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...

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...

They lead us on a shared journey for as long or short a time as we have together

6 They lead us on a shared journey for as long or short a time as we have together

They offer a perspective on things that we had yet to consider

7 They offer a perspective on things that we had yet to consider

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...

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.

Class dismissed.

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (11)

  • Thank you Pia, we all learn from our animals, this is very touching.

  • Good morning Dr. Pia,
    I like your post today. I have several humans in different states that I have been training. Sometimes it takes a little time for my lessons to sink in but I am patient. I understand that they are not as smart as I am but I am willing to do extra tutoring if need be. It is remarkable though, how they are expanding their minds to see my way of thinking.
    I can't wait to hear all about Cora-Belle's party. I hope she doesn't have a hang over from too much maple champagne. hehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hey Dr. Pia,
    I am quizzed quite often by the humans in my life. They ask me all sorts of questions. They ask me fashion advice, cooking advice, plumbing advice...my fee for all this counseling is simple, itch that spot at the top of my tail that I can't reach! LOL
    Til tomorrow
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Ahhh what a great lesson Dr.Pia! yes indeed our fur-babies can teach us so much and they are the ones that train US. I know that every single animal in my life had taught me something, mostly Patience and a Love of it's own kind. :-)

    Oops, while typing I just got a error message! A first for me here, I hit the back button and my comment was still there, WHEW!

    Till the next lesson Dr.Pia...have a happy and lesson filled day ;-)

    delia & Kitty =^, ,^=

  • Dear Dr. Pia,
    I have always been a well trained Mom. I am never too old to learn new things. I look forward to your lecture in one week.

    Cora Belle, I can hardly wait to hear about the party and all the guests. My husband cracked up when he heard about the chiweenies. I know they are great friends, but he laughed at their name. Rest my dear, from all the partying.

    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. Good lesson for today. I have my Mommy and Daddy trained pretty good now. At breakfast I won’t take my milk bone; Daddy has to put it in my bed for me. We had a thunderstorm at 4 AM and I wouldn’t be quiet until Mommy went downstairs and turned on the TV and the Weather Channel. She went back to bed and I watched for a while. After my evening walk, Daddy hides a treat for me. It’s usually in one of his hands, a pocket or close by. When I find it, he will give it to me. He is now trained to move, and drop, the treat on the towel I lay on. It took some time, but he does it. I even point to the spot where I want it dropped with my nose, hehehehehe. Now who is in charge?
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Thanks again for another delightful, lovely blog post about our wonderful, sweet fur babies who do teach us a lot! I love these photos and especially #4 of your beautiful fur baby! My sweet, little Dudley Do Right absolutely teaches me all kinds of things he wants, needs, and enjoys! He is one of my best fur babies and I love him to pieces! Sure hope you had a nice Mother's Day and will have a great weekend! Lynn, thanks for that great dog biscuit recipe-I will make some for DDR ASAP and he loves ALL treats! Professor Maddox, you are superior! Rebel, you are a sweetheart who is very helpful to your family! Will check back later to see more of our buddies comments! Hope all of you have another great day and stay safe and well! Love, Jan and DDR XOXOXO+

  • Thank you Dr. Pia for such sound advice and information. Just this morning I was reminding my mom to relax, enjoy the perfect weather, check out the cute toad by the garden stone and nature's vast beauty. Then she got all happy after our romp around the yard and mentioned what a perfect day it is! I think we make a great team.
    Lynn, we love your biscuit recipe and mom is already getting all the ingredients to try it out. We just need a little bone shaped cookie cutter now and molasses. Wonder if Cora belle is trying it out too with some maple flavoring?? Hope Zoe has this weather too, our Devils won last night!!
    Have to catch some zzz's before work at the animal hospital. Hugs to Lynn, Sharkey,Francesca, Wonder woman Cora belle, Rebel, Lola, Sonya and all my friends.. Abby

  • Beautiful, simple, yet so wise. Thanks Dr. Pia :smile:

  • Hi Dr. Pia, like Rebel and Maddox, I, too, give advice and training..sometimes they (Luincda and James) listen and other times they just run off...want to hear about my party?..IT was such fun..the chiweenies are always goofy and wore glow in the dark vests and brought their floatation devices in case they wanted to go for a dip..(water is too cold for small chiweenies)..they wrestled and bit at the Bulldogs ( who wore fashionable matching plaid jackets) who jumped around and had fun time..the siberian husky (she came au-nautral )took one look at us and turned tail and walked two miles back home..(don't worry..she goes thur the woods and the road was gated...)we ate WARRIOR PRINCE cookies (A HUGE SUCCUESS THANKS LYNN!) till we were ready to burst..played with toys..and barked uncontrollablly all party long.. oh yes, Karen, Lucinda gave me an upgrade of a stupid homemade cashmere vest to wear this coming winter..hopefully my 17th b.day will be every bit as fun!...I am rather worn out..so I must take a snooze..and thanks again all my pals for the warm b.day wishes..I love you all, Cora-Belle

  • Wow, I am such a fan of yours. This post is so true and wonderfully illustrated. I happened to read it at the end of a stress filled day and the smiles your post provided are most welcome. So I will see you next week at the new yellow hydrant on Maple and Bone!! Thanks. Alex

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