We all know how important it is to teach our dogs basic life lessons, but are you open to the life lessons your dog can teach you?
I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I consider myself to be an awesome dog owner. When my husband and I adopted our dog, Daisy, I vowed to give her the best life possible, and I’ve done my absolute best to keep that promise. However, it hasn’t always been easy. We’ve battled behavioral issues, health problems, and personality quirks, but we find ways to make it work. Through it all our bond has gotten stronger, and I can honestly say she has taught me a few things along the way.
Here are two life lessons I’ve learned from my dog.
A little fresh air goes a long way to brighten your day
Daisy, has gone through two major surgeries, and each of them has landed her on complete bed rest for months on end. It has always surprised me that even when she felt bad she was excited to go outside, and just a few minutes outdoors would lift her spirits for the rest of the day.
When I started working as a freelance writer two years ago my lifestyle changed. As my workload increased, I began spending less and less time outside of the house. Then, one day while I was battling writer’s block Daisy insisted I take her outside to play. I fought her at first because I needed to work, but eventually gave in. After about an hour of playing, we came back inside, and I found myself clear headed and ready to write.
Needless to say, I learned my lesson. Now, if I’m struggling with work, I put on my walking shoes, and head outside for some much needed fun and fresh air.
Always make time for the people in your life
To say my life is busy right now would be an understatement. I recently launched a new website and started an online craft business, which are a ton of work by themselves, but when you add in my work as a freelance writer, and my home life it’s overwhelming. I found myself working from the time I got up right up until bedtime, which left little time for Daisy. It’s not that I was neglecting her needs, it just that I didn’t have as much time to devote to her as I once did.
It wasn’t until I started seeing changes in her behavior that I realized there was a problem. She wasn’t following my commands, and even went potty in the house (something she hasn’t done in a really long time), so I started searching for the cause. As it turns out she needed more attention from me, and when I made more time for her things went back to normal.
She showed me that even when I’m up to my ears in work, I have to make time to spend with my loved ones.
I bet if you really think about it, you will find that your pet has taught you a lesson or two about life. I know my dog has taught me a thing or two, and I’m grateful to her for it.
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