Training Humans 101-Special Topics: Resourcefulness

Posted by Pia

Welcome to Lecture 3. We have completed the overview portion of our course and will now delve into Special Topics- a more specific, in-depth exploration of important skills that non-human animals need to teach their humans. Please turn your attention to this week's 'Paw Point' Presentation. Today's special topic: Resourcefulness

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We teach our humans to employ resourceful ways to warm up and provide us with comfort.
(Professor Minnow demonstrates above)

1 We teach our humans to employ resourceful ways to warm up and provide us with comfort. (Professor Minnow demonstrates above)

We demonstrate creative solutions to discomfort in the absence of a pillow and other such challenges...

2 We demonstrate creative solutions to discomfort in the absence of a pillow and other such challenges...

We do not require expensive toys for entertainment or stimulation.

3 We do not require expensive toys for entertainment or stimulation.

We make our own cards and gifts at holiday time.

4 We make our own cards and gifts at holiday time.

We are resourceful when looking for places to rest.

5 We are resourceful when looking for places to rest.

We are not discouraged by what others might consider a limited amount of space in which to recline.

6 We are not discouraged by what others might consider a limited amount of space in which to recline.

We see possibility and strength where others see limitations.

7 We see possibility and strength where others see limitations.

We make good use of toys and hand-me-downs intended for humans.

8 We make good use of toys and hand-me-downs intended for humans.

Please be sure to submit your work by class time next week (visiting professor: Minnow C/O Dr. Pia at email: pia@drpiasalk.com). Next week's assignment invites you to share examples and photos in which companion animals demonstrate the importance of 'being silly'... an essential skill and one that far too many humans have yet to master. According to a recent Red Hydrant poll, the human ability to 'be silly' is declining exponentially and has a direct inverse correlation with the drastic increase in human's taking themselves far too seriously...

Canine and feline researchers alike find these trends troubling and have called an emergency symposium on the topic. Three and four-legged silliness experts will address the crisis and explore next steps in the management of symptoms. Also on the agenda is a review of evidence-based approaches to increasing the human capacity to 'be silly' while decreasing the human inclination to 'take one's self too seriously'- a syndrome that seems to be species-specific in so far as the deficit appears only to afflict humans.

Note from Visiting Professor Minnow:
In preparation for my sabbatical here at Daily Wag University- taking over teaching for my adoptive mom's summer session-Dr. Pia allowed me to use a syllabus for a course she had previously taught to humans. It appears my edits were incomplete and confusing, so to clarify... This course is intended to assist non-human animals seeking advanced degrees in assessing and training their humans. Human animals are not eligible.

In woofship,
Dr. Minnow Salk

Comments (10)

  • Oh boy oh boy. I was watching the Late Show so I thought I would check out the blog. Wait till Karen sees this one. She must have read last week's assignment wrong and she sent in pictures and an essay about Cyrus, my relative who was in the fire and was burned over 60% of his body and all he had to endure and how he has inspired her in different situations in life. Oh boy. It was hard for her to look at the pictures of Cyrus burned so badly but she wanted to do the essay for Dr. Pia. All I can say is that I hope writing what she did made her feel better about things cause she still has a hard time when she thinks about the fire.
    Did anyone watch that new show about the dogs? It was not the kind of show I thought it would be. Oh well. I still think they should make a movie about The Glue Squad. We will have to work on that. Hehehehehe
    Going to bed now. I think I will sleep late tomorrow. I don't want to see the look on Karen's face when she sees the essay was supposed to be from the animal not the human. Oh boy.
    Love ya,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. I still have my Mommy and Daddy in training. It’s hard to train some of them you know. I’ve been walking to one of my towels and lowering my head when Daddy gives me one of my treats. He still is holding it and won’t put it down where I want it. I lower my head about three or four times before he places it on the towel. I still don’t know why he is taking so long to learn such a simple thing; drop it Daddy, drop it. Oh well, he’ll catch on soon and then I can then start on another “trick” for him. Hehehehe Maddox, most of those shows on the TV aren’t what one expects them to be. I don’t watch much TV but I do take lots of naps. Speaking of which; nap time.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Dr. Pia & Prof. Minnow,
    I loved all the comfort photos of the pups today. They are all so happy. I look forward to your lectures over the summer Prof. Minnow. I guess I misunderstood the assignment also when I submitted my poem. Maddox, your relative Cyrus is certainly a very strong and courageous boy going through everything with his healing from the fire. I try to be as strong as the family's legacy of dogs. One of our labs had bone cancer and a leg amputated. She lived 2 more years after that surgery and was very happy. Like Cyrus, Basil was so strong and courageous. All of our furry family members have taught me so very much and I continue to learn from all of The Glue Squad daily. Have a great day.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Dear Dr. Pia,
    I have my Folks just where I want them. Twisted around my little paw, heh,heh,heh.
    Mimi sorts laundry & I make a bed. I love to nap on the piles of clothes waiting to be washed. Sometimes I'll take a sock into Mimi's closet to sleep with & when she's done with the wash there will be one sock without a mate! (Wonder where the other one is!?!) I'm a stubborn little guy who sets the schedule for each day. Sometimes they think I can actually read the clock on the wall! LOL
    Well, have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Ahhh, Professor Minnow how comfortable you look...I think all our dear animals teach us something...I reflect on when I was younger and how my patience was limited, but that is one of the things I learned... :-)

    I'm in a rush today so will have to cut this short.

    Love, love, love the photos you posted Dr.Pia! Thank You for who you are and how the animals have affected your life. <3

    delia & Kitty =^, ,^=

  • Good morning Dr.Pia and Professor Minnow and all the glue squad,
    Thank you for the new lesson in resourcefulness. I make it a daily habit to exhibit picky eating behavior so my human family will feed me PEOPLE food even though mom has me on a diet. My stomach is not happy today and I decorated the carpet four times already so mom is not happy. Talking about no treats and wondering what I ate..
    Maddox, I admire YOU every day and now know about Cyrus who exhibited bravery and strength too. Kirby, we enjoyed your comments about the "trick" for your people with the treat. Lynn, every day we think of you and Warrior Prince Basil who was brave and loving too. Hugs to you Professor Minnow, Maddox, Kirby, Rebel, Chloe, Cora Belle and especially Lynn.
    Hope my tummy feels better soon! Abby the frenchie pug

  • Hi Dr. Pia & Professor Minnow, WOW! I love the photo of you and the other beautiful animals you shared today! Of course, I love the photo of you the most and the more I see you, the more I feel we look so much alike and you are either my sister or my new girl friend! Love, love, love YOU! I'm still teaching my Mom and Uncle Tim what to do for me in every way that I can. Whenever I want a meal, I always pick up some of my baby toys and shake them all around to get their attention and it always works! Hope you are having a great day sweet Minnow and Dr. Pia and have a great weekend! Best wishes to all of my Glue Squad buddies and others! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi All- So sorry for the confusion- After much discussion with Minnow, we decided to change the summer course to maximize her ability to share her expertise. The confusion was not on your end at all- but I hope we clarified things for the remainder of the summer session.
    We still appreciate your submissions and you will receive full course credit- we may also integrate your essays into this course or a later blog of that is alright with you. So much thought and meaning in your work - rest assured it will not go unacknowledged.
    Please DO send any photos or thoughts to share in next week's lecture on: Silliness: A critical look at human silliness deficit disorder (HSDD).
    -Dr. Pia and Dr. Minnow

  • ...cute photos Dr. Pia, but who wants a naughty raccoon draped around their head..yikes..flea carrying critter.. hope my coons don't see that photo..who knows what they would try.. jumping on Lucinda and James head..I would not stand still for that..they are my humans...Maddox, please tell Karen it doesn't matter if the dogger tells the story or the human..it is all from the heart and that is what counts...I didn't post yesterday..I was worn out..not hot here..but rather humid..I must take my meds and rest some more..love all you my glue squad buddies..Cora-Belle

  • Just checking in this afternoon---hope your tummy is better Abby and you're not still decorating the carpet. Did I miss something when we went camping about Little Lola? Is she on vacation or does Gran thinnk Mom is posting and Mom thinks Gran is posting. I love all you buddies so much that when someone doesn't check in, I worry. Am glad you are resting Cora Belle. Maybe she needs an extra Maple Bar today Lucinda!!!
    Hugs,
    Lynn

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