1. Never Take Anyone For Granted
No matter where you’ve been or how your day has gone, your dog is always ecstatic to see you and hear about your day (or at least be petted). The way our dogs act, you would think we have been gone for centuries even if it’s just been a few hours. Maybe we shouldn’t jump up on our spouse as soon as they get home, but a genuine happiness to see someone you care about is always appreciated.
2. Eat With Gusto
Every meal your pup has is a religious experience. Maybe instead of eating your dinner in front of the TV, you can take a few minutes to really enjoy your meal, just like Fido. Try not to drool as much as him, though.
3. Take A Chill Pill
A couch. A pillow. Your bed. A pile of clothes. Your dog has somehow found endless places to take a nap and doesn’t understand why you just don’t follow suit sometimes.
4. Enjoy The Great Outdoors
Your dog may love the outdoors by default (hello, the world is their toilet), but they want you to love it, too. Take some time to take an extra long walk with your pup every now and then to soak up some vitamin D.
5. There Is Never A Bad Time To Play
Sometimes, it may seem like your pup wants to play at the most inopportune moments, like when you just got demoted or had a fight with a loved one. Those may be the best times to play. You are never too old, busy, or upset to let loose and insert a little fun in your life.
6. Don’t Bite When A Growl Will Do
Most dogs don’t simply bite if threatened, they warn you with a snarl. Humans could benefit from this practice as well. If someone is up in your grill or rubbing you the wrong way, warn them before completely lashing out on them. They may get the hint and back off.
7. Things Are Just That: Things
Dogs don’t know whether they are getting into a brand new SUV or a 15-year-old lemon, they just know they are going with you. It’s OK to want certain things (like a really squeaky ball) every once in a while, but don’t make it the center of your universe.
8. Sit And Listen
I know I’m not the only one guilty of talking to my dog after a rough day. You know why we talk to our dogs? Because they listen. They don’t scoff at your problems, they nuzzle into you. Sometimes we just need to do the same for our loved ones.
9. Be Loyal
Loyalty is becoming a rare trait among humans, and yet it is something that our dogs practice with such ease. Your dog has seen you at your worst and at your best and loved you the same all the way. People can sometimes deserve this loyalty as well.
10. Live In The Moment
Your dog may know where you stash snacks or when it’s time for a morning walk, but more often than not, dogs are focused on one thing: what’s happening RIGHT NOW. Dogs don’t dwell on past mistakes (as your chewed up slipper proves) and they don’t worry about the future. Every now and then, it’s OK for you to do that, too.
What life lessons has your dog taught you? Let us know in the comments or give me a shout over on twitter: @maggieclancy