Saturday, May 19, 2012

If Dogs Were Our Teachers

Image: Dogspired.com

Most of us spending an average of about 12-16 years of our lives in school, learning some of the most relevant (and sometimes irrelevant) facts about life and the world that we live in. With all of that time spent in the classroom, it goes without saying that we owe a lot of our knowledge to those who have dedicated their time to teaching it to us. 

Sure, a good portion of the knowledge we acquire over our lifetime can be attributed to our own personal pursuits and experiences, but a lot of our core and foundational learning comes from teachers.

Some are more inspirational than others, and some do a better job of conveying information to their group of students, but we can't deny the important role that they all play. Thinking back, I can remember some important lessons that I learned from my kindergarten teacher, those in middle school and high school, and most recently, from professors in college. 

One thing I know for sure is that learning is not purely academic. In fact, "teachers" come in many shapes and forms; not all are sitting at a desk before a blackboard with a ruler in hand.

Teachers can be friends, children, authors, Disney characters, news reporters, brothers, parents, and co-workers.

Or, as I learned in an email today, they can even be dogs. 

Yes, you heard me. Dogs. 

You'd be surprised to see how much we really can learn from our best furry friends. Read through the list below and you'll see just how much they can teach us about life.

If Dogs Were Our Teachers, they would advise....

  • Always run to greet loved ones when they come home.
  • Never pass the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
  • Recognize the ecstasy of fresh air and wind in your face.
  • Take naps and stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp and play daily.
  • Thrive on attention and love
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On warm days, lie on your back in the grass. On hot days, drink lots of water and find the shade.
  • When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • Enjoy long walks.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you're not.
  • If what you want is buried, dig deep until you find it.
  • And, when someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

How's that for a solid lesson plan? I'll take it!

See, learning can be fun! And it doesn't always have to involve lessons in math or science - it can (and should!) involve life lessons that we can take away from the classroom and apply in every day situations.

If dogs were our teachers, I think we'd have some great life lessons integrated into our curriculum.

Take it from Roger Caras, who says:
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
 
So if dogs were our teachers, what else could they teach us? Share you thoughts in the comments below...

Keep Smiling,
 



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4 comments:

  1. Love this - we can learn so much from our dogs. My dogs help me to live in the now. Thanks

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! Good point - dogs really do have such a great way to making the most out of the present. Glad you stopped by :)

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  2. Hi Vanessa:
    The lesson that made mr laugh hardest is:
    When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
    Just closing my eyes and seeing my dogs doing this in my mind brings laughter.

    The sweetest lesson is:
    And, when someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

    Thanks for reminding us of the MOST important lessons in life.
    --
    Chris

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    1. Hi Chris! Thanks for sharing your favorites - those are two good ones! It's amazing what we can learn from our dogs, right? :)

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