Slowing it all down

A regular thorn in the sides of many professional dog trainers and behavior consultants who truly follow a relationship-based training model is what our incessant drive towards instant gratification, and quantity over quality does to our training and handling practices, and to our dogs.  One of the reasons we coin philosophically-representative phrases like “the art and science of teaching” or “the art and science of animal behavior” is because the art component requires a willingness to give up our false sense of control to the teaching, learning and creative processes.

An incredible finished product.  Time, commitment, and patience were likely involved.

If you can spare 20 minutes and need an opportunity to slow down, breathe and enjoy the nature of “the process,” check out David Zinn and his chalk art buddy, Sluggo (who came about by Zinn just letting him become who he wanted to be).

You can check out his incredible work on ZinnArt and Facebook as well.

About emily douglas

Emily Douglas authors The Unexamined Dog blog and writes regularly about "pit bull" advocacy, humane education and the parallels between the education field and the dog world. Emily and her dog, Peaches volunteer as a registered therapy dog team in the Southeast Michigan area, where their visits are affectionately known as Peach Therapy.
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