Ok this is mostly an excuse to brag about my dog but...last year in October I spontaneously decided that I was in a position to finally adopt a fur child. I got the idea on a Sunday, met the dog on a Monday, and took him home that same Wednesday.
While he's my fur baby, Sam is definitely a dog. He loves chasing squirrels, eating dirt off the floor, scavenging for scraps on the sidewalk, tipping over the trash, and drinking out of the toilet. After adopting Sam, my daily routines totally changed. Suddenly I needed to schedule life around walking the dog (or else fork over $$$ to pay a dog walker). The weird thing is....I'm learning a lot about teaching through Sam. He's the best professional development investment I've made so far.
Here are some random thoughts on that comparison....
1) Consistency is Key
2) We're allowed to have bad days
3) Sometimes Sam does things I can't understand
4) Sam learns fast because he values our relationship
In the end....it boils down to mutual respect and trust, which even animals can feel. Without those two things to hold up a relationship, the relationship can't nurture risk taking and growth for the people involved.