Itís no secret that a huge percentage of pet owners choose to have dogs in their home. Dogs are a truly special kind of animal and stopping short of being one-with-nature, Iím convinced that dogs have some of the best lessons about life.
Be Excited About the Little Things
Dogs love to go outside. They love to go for a walk. They think a new toy is heaven. Scratch them behind the ears and they are in heaven. Translate that to your life for a moment. Do you get excited when itís time to go soak up some fresh air and sun on your walk to the bus stop in the morning? Do you love to head outside with your tunes and sneaks to get a good walk in before dinner? Are you excited about every gift you get Ė even if itís not exactly what you thought you wanted?
Dogs know that the simplest things in life are often the best. When you can literally jump up and down over the prospect of exploring something new or meeting a new friend, life has to be good.
Sleep Often and Well
Dogs know how to sleep. Iíve never seen a dog that couldnít get stretched out in less than a minute, flop down, hang out a tongue and just pass out. Dogs seem to have great dreams as well, chasing rabbits or having some sort of thrilling adventure. Think of how busy your life is. Itís more than likely that you donít sleep enough on a daily basis thanks to all the filler that you have in your life. Then consider your dog sleeping in his swatch of sunshine on the carpet. Heís stretched out, relaxed and totally rested every day. Just imagine how great youíd feel if you were that caught up on your sleep and relaxation!
Ask and You Shall Receive
While not true of all dogs, there is a reason most dogs know how to sit up and beg. They are not shy about asking to have their needs met. If they need to go outside they wait by the door. If they need to eat, they might bring you their bowls. If your dog thinks youíre having some sort of delicious treat heíd like to be a part of, heíll partake as well Ė either by begging until you give in and offer him some or by rounding up the scraps later.
Consider the confidence of the animal. Your dog is not afraid to tell you itís time to exercise. Heís not afraid to get pushy and bring you his leash to remind you of your obligations to him. Heís not at all shy about getting his needs and wants met in a timely manner. At the same time so many of us are afraid to stand up for ourselves. Afraid to be rude or pushy. But if we are sincere and make sad puppy dog eyes, weíll be able to get what we need anytime we need it as well. More allowance anyone?