General

Noble beast dog trning

Noble beast dog trning

Noble beast dog trning in Los Angeles was pioneered by Dr. Karen Pryor. Dr. Pryor has trned more than 70 dogs, has been featured in several television shows and commercials, and has become a celebrity in the world of animal trning. She lives and trns in Los Angeles. Visit her web site at www.drkarentpryor.com. Dr. Pryor is also the author of _Don't Shoot the Dog!_ and _The Truth About Dogs._ She has written five books: _The Humane Treatment of Animals, The Truth About Dogs, The Ultimate Puppy Owner's Handbook, The Truth About Cats,_ and _The Truth About Cats and Dogs._ Dr. Pryor lives in San Marino. Visit her web site at www.drkarentpryor.com.

_To find out more about Dr. Karen Pryor, see_ **TheTruthAboutDogs.com**

### Acknowledgments

I wish to express my gratitude to Nancy Denton, my editor, who helped me with the final revisions of this book. And my warmest thanks go to Bob and Karen Pryor, owners of the Dr. Karen Pryor Academy, and to the students and teachers of the Dr. Karen Pryor Academy, who have taught me what it means to love animals and to trust their instinct.

### **1

Animal Tricks for Kids**

There are five animal tricks you can teach your kids:

1. _Play dead_ by lying in the snow, using any means necessary.

2. _Roll over_ by rolling and rolling and rolling.

3. _Catch_ by catching and catching and catching.

4. _Shake_ by shaking and shaking and shaking.

5. _Play dead_ by lying in the snow, using any means necessary.

I didn't mean to teach my kids these tricks. They were just naturally interested in animals, and when I was a child, I loved to lie in the snow and listen to the sounds of the animals and the wind in the trees. And I loved to roll. It was fun to roll a tennis ball back and forth, or roll a ball between your legs until you made a ball. I loved to catch, and I liked to see things move or fall or go places. My favorite game was the one where we chased after the ball, then chased after the ball agn. We chased after the ball a hundred times.

When I became a teacher, I found that if I taught this activity to the children I taught, they got so excited, they became happy and joyful. Kids who usually were listless and sullen were suddenly full of life, energy, and enthusiasm, laughing and having fun. They loved to help each other play. They learned tricks and they learned a new game.

These tricks can be taught to children at any age, from two to ninety-five. They can even be taught to babies, as long as their caregivers understand that, when babies want to learn something, they need to learn it quickly, one way or another, and that's why a parent or caregiver is the teacher. When I think of _Teach a man to fish_ , it reminds me that, in order for a child to learn a new skill, he or she needs a person in his or her life to teach. There must be someone to guide the child, and sometimes it's a parent, sometimes it's a teacher, sometimes it's a parent who is also a teacher.

A few years ago, I was speaking to an audience of parents and teachers at a conference. It was a sunny spring day, and the children in the audience were in shorts and shirts and T-shirts. They were a bunch of six-year-olds, so they were all the same age. The children were smiling, and they were laughing a lot. They were excited about what they were about to hear, which is often a given with six-year-olds. At one point, a parent in the audience stood up and sd, "One of the hardest things about teaching a child is that you can never tell if the child has really learned what you've taught them." And then she sd, "Teaching is a process of discovering when they know what you've taught them."

I smiled.

And then, a moment later, a six-year-old boy stood up and sd, "I know all the words in that song that you just sang for the children. I know all of them. If you can sing, I can sing. I know them all, and I want you to know that I know them all. I know them all, and that song has not made me learn anything. I just heard you sing it, and it's okay. I can do this."

I smiled.

I remember thinking, "I've never met a six-year-old who is so smart and so perceptive. How did he come up with that? How does he know that this song didn't teach him anything? But he's not stupid. He's not a child who doesn't understand, not at all."

What he was saying made sense. It made sense because he had learned the song as it was written, and he was in on the joke. He knew that a song can have lines and can have words, and that the words were nothing special, and there were even some that didn't work.

But he was standing up in the audience and saying, "No, no, no. This isn't about learning the song. I learned this song on my own. I'm standing here because I know it."

And the children around him were nodding, and the rest of the audience was standing up and clapping, and I realized that I had just watched a child change the entire world. I know how it feels to wake up in the morning and realize something you've been trying to accomplish for a long time and all of a sudden you're standing in front of a crowd and you know you've finally done it. And that's a feeling I'd never had before. And it felt good.

* * *

One of the great things about playing shows with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is that we have the opportunity to hear Bruce sing different kinds of songs. Many of his songs, like "Hungry Heart," are stories about people who are trying to tell someone they love how much they're hurting them. But he also sings songs that are about people trying to get out of bed in the morning. He sings songs about hope. And it's those songs that mean so much to me.

At the 2015 Super Bowl in Houston, we played a new song called "Blood Brothers." This is a song about the kind of brotherhood we feel when we've got a chance to look out for our brothers and our sisters and take care of them. I've always felt like I was going to my brother, Clarence, when I did this song. I know the difference between the songs that Bruce writes and the songs that Clarence writes. That's the kind of feeling I've always had around Bruce. He's writing songs that are about people with stories to tell. He's writing songs about how to get up and how to keep going. I don't know of any other people in rock music who can write like that.

One of the things I love about the idea of the Blood Brothers is that it isn't just about the people on the ground floor. It's about all the people who come along behind. "Blood Brothers" is about the people who live in the big city in the middle of the woods. It's about the people who are still walking through the mud and the


Watch the video: Cooper Day (January 2022).