Haley Scholars Spring 2013 Reading Groups
By Cindy Lyles
Malcolm Gladwell’s essay “What the Dog Saw” gives a glimpse into the
life of “the dog whisperer,” skilled dog trainer Cesar Millan and his
techniques for mollifying and molding even the most unruly of dogs.
Experts who studied Millan’s interactions with dogs concluded that his
success with animals was based on his calculated “phrasing” – his
abilities to move in precise and deliberate ways in order to solicit
particular responses and actions.
Every practice that Millan now uses, he gained as a child while intently
studying and watching dogs on his grandfather’s farm; this was his schooling for
the profession. In addition, Millan is described as having “that
indefinable thing called presence,” which makes it possible for him to
achieve desired outcomes (131).
For a moment, let’s think of ourselves as movement specialists. What
important kinetic or body language lessons have you learned and
implemented in order to achieve the presence necessary to achieve at a higher educational level here at SIUE?
Or, what distinct yet subtle postures or movements have you adapted
while here that are useful in sites of study or instruction such as
classrooms, the library, or places where you work with groups? How so?