Obedience Training Even though I currently don't have a pet of my own it's not uncommon for me to see a large number of dogs(sorry, Ron and Alexandra Seigel cats on leashes haven't caught my attention as of yet) accompanied by their human partners while out and about.
Some dogs seem to take the lead when it comes to their daily routine walking in front of the human. While others are happy enough to follow a somewhat less focused approach as they explore the neighborhood. Still on a leash they wander. They sniff. They search for the perceive doggone best spot for business. .
As I was thinking about our canine friends, my mind took a "paws" of sorts and pondered about obedience training classes. There are certainly examples where such training has been effective. And in some cases, not nearly as effective as some may want. Is it the fault of the "student"? I don't know but I am doubtful. So I quickly went on a search for answers.
Now, mind you, I am not necessarily searching for obedience training for dogs but for us. After all, it is quickly approaching back-to-school time, I thought what better opportunity to reflect on how obedience training of all kinds can only enhance life in so many ways. For us and for others. Don't you think so? So off I go to find a good quote:
Humans aren't as good as we should be
in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others,
be they humans or other animals on Earth.
So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy.
Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were
'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy'
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Talk about some powerful pondering... As much as I want to digress...there's really no time. That school bell is ringing.
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