What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures is the fourth book released by author Malcolm Gladwell, on October 20, 2009. The book is a compilation of the journalist's articles published in The New Yorker.
What the Dog Saw: Cesar Millan and the Movements of Mastery
Cesar Millan is a short man in his mid-thirties, who crawled across the border from Mexico in his teens. He rarely gets excited. As a boy, he learned about dogs from living on his grandfather’s farm in Sinaloa. He was called el Perrero, “the dog boy”, studying dogs until he could put himself inside their minds. He now runs the Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles. He commands a pack of 47 dogs that follow his every command. He is also the host of Dog Whisperer on the National Geographic television channel. He is best known for “arriving in chaos and leaving behind peace."
Cesar related to dogs because he didn’t feel like he connected to people. He had an epiphany in his therapist’s office one day when he realized that to be successful, he couldn’t just be a dog whisperer; he had to be a people whisperer. He’s worked with hundreds of families to help them understand their dog’s psychology. He helps them learn correct postures, attitudes, and directions to show the dog that it is safe, protected, and submissive under their charge.
Dogs are really interested in humans. When you perform an experiment where you hide food under one of two cups, and let a dog pick which cup it’s in, a dog will look to a human for cues. A chimpanzee won’t. As such, they’re very intent on watching our body language, noticing our tone, and observing our breathing. Using confident, deliberate speech, posture, and motions is the best way for dogs to feel safe and comfortable with you as their pack leader. This applies to human-dog interactions as well. When two dogs meet in a park, they check each other out, sniffing, watching.
When they meet on a street while on a leash, the posture and emotion of their owners is important in establishing the result of their meeting. When an owner is fearful of how their dog will react to a new dog, they may pull back on the leash. This sends a signal to a dog that they may be in a dangerous situation, and the dog will change how it reacts. The takeaway message of this story is that something that seems very simple or magical (Millan being able to “charm” any dog), is actually very complex (he’s worked closely with both dogs and dog-owners for many years, embracing the appropriate psychology at all times).
This is teaching materials for a New Yorker article.
The vocabulary, questions and research for this article are mostly related to Cesar Millan and the training of dogs.
Before the reading or the assessment, there is a pre-reading sheet that asks students for prior knowledge, opinions, and prediction on the subject, along with vocabulary acquisition (words that need to be introduced to better understand the information) and priming the reader in order to get them to think about the subject.
The post reading assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The student will also need to use the internet to complete some simple research to answer
The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the article and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of details, person or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the article. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation.
While these articles are part of Gladwell’s book “What the Dog Saw” they were all previously publish and are available free for download on the author's website and from the New Yorker, as this is the case I am including the article.
The materials provided
1 Informational article
1 Post reading informational article worksheet
1 Pre-reading informational article worksheet
1 Creative Art Sheet
1 Answer Key