Training Humans 101- Lecture 2

Posted by Pia

Welcome to Lecture 2...
You can relax as we will not be having a quiz today. Please turn your attention to the 'Paw Point' Presentation below for more examples of the companion animal approach to teaching their humans...

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They look up to us and value our acceptance

1 They look up to us and value our acceptance

They walk with us and leave pawprints on our hearts

2 They walk with us and leave pawprints on our hearts

They lay close and listen when we need to vent.

3 They lay close and listen when we need to vent.

They trust us and remind us to be gentle

4 They trust us and remind us to be gentle

They meet us where we are at any given moment

5 They meet us where we are at any given moment

They wag often, reminding us to derive pleasure from the little things in life.

6 They wag often, reminding us to derive pleasure from the little things in life.

They take time to sniff the air and feel the wind in their hair...

7 They take time to sniff the air and feel the wind in their hair...

They embrace our care and nurturing

8 They embrace our care and nurturing

They watch out for our safety and await our return

9 They watch out for our safety and await our return

They demonstrate remarkable resilience and teach us to look within ourselves for strength- rather than to the often misinformed and limiting perspectives of onlookers.
Photo by Richard Phibbs

10 They demonstrate remarkable resilience and teach us to look within ourselves for strength- rather than to the often misinformed and limiting perspectives of onlookers. Photo by Richard Phibbs

They remind us to respect nature and keep our yards and  gardens well irrigated.

11 They remind us to respect nature and keep our yards and gardens well irrigated.

They are astute therapists and offer no frills advice as needed.

12 They are astute therapists and offer no frills advice as needed.

They foster peace and compassion

13 They foster peace and compassion

Please be sure to email me your first essay assignments by class time next week (pia@drpiasalk.com). Details can be found on the syllabus but as a reminder, the assignment invites you to share your own reflections on lessons you have learned from animals you have encountered in your own lives respectively.

All assignments are expected to adhere to canine peer-review journal format guidelines and as such, they are to be authored in the voice of the animal from whom you learned the lessons presented in your paper.

Class dismissed

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (11)

  • Hello Dr. Pia,
    After getting 5 Error messages, I am crossing my fingers to keep this going. You have touched my heart once again, and happy tears come to my cheeks. Every one of your photos and captions I can relate to in my life. We are all so lucky to learn these wonderful lessons from our furry relatives. I am going away to the mountains for the weekend Dr. Pia, but I promise to take pad and paper and work on my homework and present a good essay for next week. Until next week all my Glue Squad pals when I return may you all have fun times and be safe on this weekend, but most of all remember and celebrate the memories of all that have gone before us. You are all the best!!!
    Hugs and smiles,
    Lynn

  • Good morning Dr. Pia,
    As you know I like to think about things so I am wondering how many Training Humans 101 lectures have to be given to the humans. I know it takes some time to get them to learn what we want them to do, so I think you may be giving many more lectures in this area. hehehehehehehe
    I love the pictures. Did you hear, Karen dropped her cell phone in a bowl of water. She was taking a friend's dog to the vet for a shot. He has cancer and has to have a series of shots. And when she went to get him out of her van, the phone dropped into his water bowl. She had close to 7,000 pictures on that thing. She is not a happy camper right now so I guess I will hold off on lessons till her mind is in a happy place.
    OK, I am going to my usual spot, the deck. I will check in later. Have a great time Lynn. Are you taking a lap top with you on your trip?
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hi Dr. Pia,
    Hmmm interesting assignment! :-)

    what a hoot #11 keeping the yards and gardens well irrigated...#12 is adorable, astute therapists, eh!?

    Lynn, Kitty has three layers of hair very fine and silky, she is shedding but gets brushed every day...I wish you a wonderful and safe trip to the Mountains and the rest of the Glue Squad a great weekend coming up.

    My hubby comes home tomorrow, YES!

    Stay well everyone!

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • No Maddox, this old dinosaur doesn't own a laptop. I will be anxious to check in with all of you on Sunday-Monday when we return. Have Karen take her phone to the techno gods today---they have to know what to do.
    Hugs,
    Lynn

  • Good morning everybody!
    I do my best to irrigate the bushes. Mimi hollars "Rebel, NO" when I try to pick up my on poops. I am just like to clean up after myself. Mimi & Papa say YUCK! LOL.
    Hey, Kitty, I'm not crazy about getting brushed either, which I am told is very silly of me since I don't have long hair/fur! Be a good Kitty, o.k.? Oh, Karen, your phone!
    Til Tomorrow.
    Your Pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. What a good lesson for today and great pictures too. As I’ve said before, I have my Mommy and Daddy well trained. Mommy was going to the store yesterday and asked me what she should bring home for me. I held my tail real still until she said the right words and then I shook it for a yes. When she arrived back home, she had just what I had ordered. I’m working on Daddy but he hasn’t been doing so well at learning my signals. Ok Daddy, quick movement of the tail is yes; very slow, or no movement of the tail means no. I’ll have to go through that another dozen times before he gets it; daddy’s are slow to learn sometimes.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Love all of these delightful photos-they are so wonderful to see! My sweet little Dudley Do Right know exactly what to do to let me know when he wants something. He will stare at me or rub against my legs if he wants attention or to be cuddled. He will scratch on the door whenever he wants to go outside to do his business. He he will knock over his empty water dish or food dish when he wants more of each. Then, when he wants treats he will scratch on the furniture or book cases to get my attention. He's a very clever little fellow! Hey Maddox, my brother did the same thing with his cellphone and we have to get it fixed, also! My prayers go to Karen's friend's dog who has cancer-sure hope he gets better! Lynn, have a great time on your weekend trip to the mountains and can't wait to hear about the fun you will have! Hope everyone has another great day and hope you have a fun weekend, Dr. Pia! Love Jan and DDR XOXOXO+

  • Hi Dr.Pia and all the glue squad,
    Thank you for the continued lessons. Irigating the lawn was pretty good. Kirby, your tail lessons sound intriquing, my tail is not so advanced but its active around TLC time and food!
    Maddox, mom saw some kind of electronic DRY BAG, don't know if it would help this situation but maybe the phone can be salvaged. Did your mom have the pictures on a website album too?
    Delia and Kitty hope you have a great time with your hubby coming home. Cora belle, how did Ted barker do at the farm/ranch? Find any critters?
    Dudley Do Right you make us smile thinking about your wild days. I jumped out of the car at CVS yesterday and Mom was not happy. Scooped me up and told me not be do that ever again. She needs to relax and enjoy.. again. I still look for Herman and his spirit is still here. His paw print is certainly on our hearts.
    Lynn, have a wonderful weekend in the mountains!!
    I will try to be GOOD! Abby the Rebel Frenchie PUG

  • Hello everyone,
    I am quite good at knowing what the dogs want. Giving them what they want is another story.
    I took my cell phone to AT&T. They told me to take it to Apple. I took it to Apple. They said it can't be retored. They never even looked at it. They asked if it turns on, I said it did till this morning. They said if it doesn't turn on, everything is lost. I am soooooo upset. I have pictures on there from when Maddox was a baby. I have family pictures, pictures of the dogs from the fire, pictures of GK at the shows, puppy pictures, etc. I am devastated. Sooooooooooooo, I came on here today to tell everyone that has pictures on their cell phones to back them up on their computer or put them on a CD, etc. I never did. I lost about 6, 700 pictures. I guess this is a human to human mini lecture. Don't think that it will never happen to you. That is what I did. I have always been very very protective of my phone because of some of the private phone numbers and email addresses I have in it. And then to have it fall into a water bowl as I am getting a dog out of the car, grrrrrr. OK, I am done venting. I am more heartbroken over the loss of some really precious pictures than I am mad. Although I am very mad at myself for not backing them up. Lesson learned.
    Have a great weekend everyone. I am sure Maddox will be back on to check in. He always does.
    Karen

  • UPDATE
    I went back to the AT&T store and talked to the girl that sold me my first I Phone. She was able to get my contacts back. Waa Huu Still working on pictures. At least I am half way there. And I got a waterproof case for this phone. Human learned her lesson for today. haha
    Karen

  • ..thanks for the photos Dr. Pia..cute critters...Karen sorry to hear about the cell-phone photos..you would think Apple would have had an idea what to do.. I would complain to the CEO, you can bet if happened to them, they would have a solution...will tell you all about Ted Barker and the ex tomarrow..I simply must get some rest..those two wore us out!..later, Cora-Belle

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