This last week was a huge improvement. Yes, I went one minute after the class started and I brought high level treats. I do think those issues helped. The biggest thing,however, I think was the teacher. We had a sub-someone I love from the shelter. She was warm, welcoming, and inviting. Carlton lay down and chilled out while directions were given (ok, in between the times he tried to mark the area we were sitting on..). He was such a calmer puppy.
This blog really is not about us or how Carlton is progressing in his lessons.. It is about how we treat each other. We don't always realize how one word or phrase can set a tone. We don't realize that sarcasm and joking can be taken the wrong way. We don't realize that our discomfort can be from many factors. The sub teacher's demeanor and my dog's subsequent demeanor opened my eyes to how I need to be as a wife, mom, teacher and person. We really need to be aware of how we treat people-the smallest thing to us might be a huge issue to someone else.
Allison Schley has been in the field of deaf and hard of hearing education for 20 years. She founded a nonprofit for families with hearing loss. She most recently wrote a children's book, entitled Forever Friends. This book shows the how a deaf dog and deaf boy teach the world that all kids are good and being deaf is okay.