Dogs are social animals and they play and interact to build or cement a bond. Learning and working in the presence of dogs provides valuable insights into effective communication and teamwork.
Dogs have no pre-conceived ideas. They are not influenced by the car you drive or the size of your bank account. They live in the moment and bring their unique gift of feedback by offering an honest, clear response to how you ‘show up’, or interact with them. Their presence provides a rich opportunity to receive honest feedback about parts of yourself that you have rationalised away, ignored, or are just unable to see. Dogs and the way we are with them can teach us much about ourselves and how we approach other relationships and interactions.
Dogs and humans are both predators and both form strong social bonds. But our hard-wiring is completely different. Mastering empathy and compassion for beings that are clearly unlike ourselves opens up the dynamic opportunity for learning how to engage with anyone, from a diverse range of cultures.
Because dogs have their own personalities, attitudes, and emotions, it’s easy to make connections between the way we communicate with them and communicating with people.
The personal skills that are needed to develop and maintain quality relationships are the same ones that are needed to successfully relate to dogs. The best dog trainers have the ability to communicate with dogs not only through verbal commands but by expressing their emotions. By taking away the 7% of communication that is verbal, people can concentrate on how they use their body language and emotions to build rapport, lead, coach, and influence effectively.
We have found this experiential learning experience has had a powerful and lasting impact on the programmes participants. This is where the beauty of experiential learning lies; the learning is in the experience. And it’s the experience that makes the difference. This is not ‘role play’, this is ‘real play’ which give deep pause for thought, and the opportunity for new insights to emerge.
To find out more about canine assisted emergent learning please contact us.