Speak Dog

After five years of persistent pleading, we brought home a two month old Coton de Tuléar puppy for our daughter last October.  A small ball of white fluff, Tessie as she is known, entered our family quietly, fearfully cowering in the back of her kennel.  She was terrified to be away from her mother and litter mates in an unfamiliar situation.  After gentle coaxing and persuasion, she started her new life in our family. 

Puppy love

Puppy love

Thus began the great dog adventure.  I had never had a dog, but like any good student, I head read several dog training books and of course had watched Cesar Milan work with dogs on his television show, The Dog Whisperer.  We have two kids and had survived colic, teething and other human baby horrors, so how hard could it be?  The answer: really hard.  We survived the first two sleepless months when our tiny puppy needed to relieve herself every two hours around the clock.  During this blurred and sleep deprived time, I strongly considered puppy diapers.  But the humans and canine began to learn to read each other’s body language and begin a framework for a happy coexistence.
Tessie at 2 months
Tessie at 2 months

“Team Tessie”quickly learned to read her body language to learn when she was ready to play (always); needed to sleep (instant pass out); and when it was necessary to take her out for bodily relief (very important).  Our savior during this intense learning period was dog trainer Lillian Sikorski of Speak Dog.  Under her gentle guidance and direction we all happily learned to communicate to one another effectively.  Sadly, she doesn’t do work with teenagers.

Tessie at 8 months
It’s a similar process in developing a relationship with a communications counselor.  First, you need to identify a counselor that serves clients in your distinct business discipline.  Then, you must be straightforward and reveal to the counselor the organization’s strengths and weaknesses,  so she can make an informed assessment of the organization’s needs – communications or otherwise.  With these insights, the counselor can develop a strategic direction and a tactical plan that can be executed for the client in a cost effective and timely manner.  When the communications counselor and client are speaking the same language, the results will postively impact both the bottom line and the organization’s effectiveness with its constiuency.  

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