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What we learn from our DOGS!!

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

I was born and raised in between dogs paws! My mother and my family have forever been animal lovers and taught us the enormous responsability that entitles dog ownership, Not only they offer us the oportunity to become responsible, considerate, compassionate human beings, they serve as the greatest educators in our life!

From the way they approach life to the unconditional love they offer, dogs are incredible teachers. Their presence enriches our lives and helps us become better, more compassionate, and mindful individuals.

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Dogs are not just our companions; they also teach us valuable life lessons through their behavior and unconditional love. Here are some of the important lessons we can learn from our canine friends:

.Live in the moment.

Live in the Present:** Dogs are experts at living in the moment. They don't dwell on the past or worry about the future. They remind us to appreciate the present and find joy in simple pleasures. Although dogs remember things like where the treats are kept, what street takes them home and who they’ve met before, they only access that information when they need it — in the moment. Whether they’re eating a bowl of kibble or chasing a ball, dogs live for the present moment. The past is gone; you can’t do anything about it. The future is unknown. The only thing you can really enjoy and affect is the present moment.

Overcome fear with love. There are plenty of stories about frightful, aggressive dogs who transformed into kind, gentle dogs after they were placed in a loving environment. Dogs can overcome their fear and insecurities through love, and so can humans. Love truly does conquer all, and the first step for us is to love ourselves. If you can replace fear and self-criticism with self-love, no matter what situation you’re in, life gets easier. Don’t hold grudges

**Forgiveness:** Dogs don't hold grudges. They remind us to forgive and let go of negativity, allowing us to maintain healthier relationships. A grudge is a feeling of resentment toward someone. It originates in our mind. Humans are probably the only species that holds a grudge. A dog will never be angry with you because you didn’t give him a treat after dinner last night. Holding a grudge weighs you down emotionally and keeps you from moving forward in life. Let grudges go and you will create your own personal freedom.

Play every day. Dogs love to play, which usually involves lots of movement, whether it’s running, chasing or jumping. This is a good reminder for us to play and move our bodies every day as well. Playing opens up your mind and spirit to all kinds of new ideas and creativity. It’s a needed break from the constant 24/7 work environment. And if you can exercise while you play, even better. Dogs actually give you a reason to get out and go walking, hiking, running, biking or even Rollerblading. (Although, I wouldn’t recommend Rollerblading if you have dogs that pull like I do. Very fun for them. Very scary for you!) Jump for joy when you’re happy. Have you ever seen a dog circling around or jumping up and down at the thought of getting a treat or chasing a ball? Wouldn’t it be fun if we could all jump around when we’re excited about something? We live life so fast that we often forget to get excited and celebrate the good times because we’re already on to the next thing. We live in a miraculous world where the

sun comes up every day, flowers bloom and seasons change. There is much to jump for joy about.

Accept yourself.

**Authenticity:** Dogs are true to themselves. They don't pretend to be someone they're not. They encourage us to embrace our authentic selves. Can you imagine a terrier wishing she were a boxer or a poodle envious of a collie’s mane or a pug wanting the nose of a greyhound? We humans spend a lot of time trying to make ourselves look like someone else’s version of perfection instead of loving our unique features, our unique life, and yes, our unique problems. How boring it would be if all dogs (or all humans) looked and behaved alike! Love everything about yourself — the good, the bad and the ugly!

Enjoy the journey.

When dogs go for a car ride, they stick their head out the window, smell the air and feel the wind against their fur. They don’t care where they’re going. They’re just enjoying the journey. Although goals are great to set, we often forget that it’s the journey that matters most. When we get too attached to the outcome, we set ourselves up for frustration, depression or even anger

if our exact expectations are not met. Next time you set a goal, be open to other possibilities and enjoy every moment of excitement, creativity, fun and lessons in the journey. Drink lots of water. Dogs instinctively know when their bodies need water. They usually stop eating when they’re full, and won’t eat anything that seems poisonous to them, except of course, for one of my huskies who once ate an entire platter of chocolate rum balls. Anyway... back to water. It’s a good reminder for us to stay hydrated and drink when we’re thirsty. In fact, drinking water when you feel hungry is good for weight management because often you just need some water. Another good practice is to drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning.

Be loyal and dependable.

**Loyalty:** Dogs are fiercely loyal to their human companions. They teach us the val

ue of standing by those we care about and being dependable friends. Dogs are pack animals. They stick with their pack. They play with their pack. They defend their pack. This is a great reminder for all of us to be conscientious members of our human pack. The Golden Rule of treating others how you would like to be treated applies here. Being a loyal and dependable friend, lover, sibling, partner or parent will enrich your life in many ways. Love unconditionally.

**Unconditional Love:** Dogs love us without judgment or conditions. They teach us the beauty of accepting and loving others for who they are. No matter what, dogs love you unconditionally. They wag their tails when they see you, no matter what mood you’re in. They still want to give you big wet kisses, even if you’ve just yelled at them. And they instantly forgive you no matter how you behave. Loving others unconditionally is a difficult task, but it’s the one that would surely make the world a better place if we all just tried.

**Compassion:** Dogs have a natural ability to sense when someone is upset or in need. They inspire us to be more compassionate and attentive to others.

**Responsibility:** Caring for a dog teaches responsibility and routine. They rely on us for their needs, reminding us of the importance of commitment and dedication.

**Empathy:** Dogs have an innate sense of empathy. They demonstrate that small acts of kindness and understanding can make a significant difference.

. **Enjoy Simple Moments:** Dogs find joy in the simplest of things, like a walk in the park or a belly rub. They remind us to find happiness in everyday moments.

**Perseverance:** Dogs keep trying, even when faced with challenges. Their determination teaches us to persist and overcome obstacles.

**Nonverbal Communication:** Dogs communicate through body language and intuition. They show us the importance of understanding nonverbal cues and emotions in our interactions.

**Patience:** Dogs can wait patiently for our return or for their next meal. They teach us the virtue of patience and the value of delayed gratification.

**Let Go of Stress:** Spending time with a dog can lower stress levels and promote relaxation. They show us how to let go of worries and find tranquility.

**Appreciate the Little Things:** Dogs find wonder in everyday experiences. They help us appreciate the beauty in the world around us.

**Unwavering Joy:** Dogs radiate joy, and their enthusiasm is infectious. They remind us to find joy in life's simplest pleasures.

So, we can learn a lot from our dogs. Their companionship, loyalty and unconditional love is unmatched by any human standards 

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