5 Things You Can Learn from Your Dog
Dogs have been domesticated for more than 10,000 years. Having a furry friend has proven to relieve stress and many of the symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. Like many dog lovers, you enjoy the companionship your dog offers and the warm, fuzzy feeling they give you. Dogs are classified as man's best friend, but they are also teachers.
1. Comes As You Are
One thing you will notice quickly is dogs are not judgemental. Their judge-free zone allows you to relax and learn to be yourself. No one is perfect, and dogs help you understand and teach you how to embrace your flaws whether your moods change like the time or they come and go with the seasons, your dog will love you through it all. Your dog can teach you how to look past superficial flaws, such as the ones that are only skin deep. Dogs can show you that there is more to someone than just their appearance. Have you noticed how a dog becomes uneasy around certain people? When you take your dog to the vet, do you notice how they run to some people with their tails wagging, and with other people, they look at them but do not get excited? Dogs, like people, can sense vibes. Pay attention to vibes and not the appearance so much.
2. Promote Self-Care
Dogs are good at teaching self-care. They teach you how to forgive and love, even though they can't talk. Dogs teach you to love yourself from the inside out and to pamper yourself every once in a while. You may discipline your dog, but they are not ones to hold grudges. A few seconds later, they're licking your face and waiting for cuddles.
3. Show Compassion
If you are like many people, you get a dog for companionship and to feel the compassion they have towards you. Sometimes you need that extra hug or kiss to know you are not alone in the world and that someone cares. Your dog knows your feelings without you telling them. When you're sad, they will not leave your side. They'll sit with you until you feel better. Dogs show you how to be kind, warm, and how to care for others.
4. Live in the Now
Did you know dogs don't think about making plans or worry about the situations that occurred yesterday or the day before? Dogs live in the present, which is the here and now, and that's it. They don't worry about cause and effect. They do what their body tells them they need to do, whether it's to eat, use the bathroom, relax, sleep, or anything else, their body may need at the time. Dogs can teach you to do the same. You have to sorry letting so much consume you, especially if it's in the past, and it's something you can't change. Dogs can teach you how to live freely and enjoy every moment without being caught up in the "what if's" or "why not's."
5. Have Fun
Dogs teach you how to have fun. They are always ready and willing to go for a walk or play at the park. Adventure is a dog's middle name. Dogs can teach you how to have fun no matter who's looking. Pups don't care about what someone will think of them if they play with a particular toy or walk on a leash a certain way. Dogs are focused on having fun and being with the ones they love, and they can teach you to do the same.
Dogs are more in tune with the world than many people think. These are just some of the life lessons that dogs can teach you without blinking an eye. When you're with your dog, pay attention to what they're trying to show you.
Fun Facts about Dogs
- Dogs are as smart as a two-year-old child
- The United States has the highest pet dog population of over 75 million
- Petting your dog releases Oxytocin
- The world's oldest dog breed is the Saluki
- A dog's wet nose helps them absorb scent chemicals
- Dogs can have separation anxiety
- Dogs form a ball when they sleep to protect their vital organs and stay warm
- Dogs have a perception of time
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Brittany N Rockette