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10 Important Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog

Life Lessons From Dog

Dogs are truly a man’s best friend, and if you have one, you know exactly what this means. There is so much that can be learned from a dog, so many important life lessons that can help you in life. Sounds weird, isn’t it? But it’s true. A dog can unknowingly impart many vital lessons to humans.

A little over four years ago, when I walked into Real Good Dog Rescue, I had no idea what I was about to endure: the most excellent adventure of my life. I walked into the feed store with every intention of just buying a bag of food for my older dog and ended up walking out with a 4-month-old adorable terrier mix named Moo.

We journeyed through two cross-country moves, have traveled to over a dozen states together, and have adventured over 1,000 miles in the backcountry together. Whether we are road tripping, skiing, paddle boarding, hiking, or going on sunset walks; Moo always finds a way to live her best life. She is a force to be reckoned with, but over the past 4.5 years, she has taught me so many valuable life lessons.

Here Are 10 Important Lessons I Learned From My Dog

1. Dogs give everyone a chance.

Whether it is a stranger walking on the road, the mailman, a neighbor, or a close friend; Moo always enthusiastically greets people with an open mind and open heart. With her tongue hanging out and her tail wagging, she is always so friendly to anyone and everyone she comes across.

As humans, we tend to be a bit closed off and allow our moods to dictate how we interact with others. Imagine a world where everyone was happy to greet everyone they come into contact with, regardless of what they are struggling with within the current moment. 

Life Lessons Learned From My Dog
10 Important Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog

2. Dogs wake up every morning happy and excited to start the day.

Every morning, Moo peeks out from under the covers, tail wagging, ears perked, and runs right up to me wanting pets and cuddles. She is always so happy in the morning and ready to start a new day. I always look at mornings as a fresh start to begin a great day; however, I usually need a moment to wake up, and I need a cup of coffee.

Many of us are not exactly morning people, and that is okay, but what if we looked at each day as a fresh start to happiness? What if we woke up every morning with our tails wagging and smiles on our faces? 

3. Dogs are loyal.

A dog will always be your best friend as they aim to please their human companions. Moo follows me everywhere, regardless of whether we are home or in the backcountry. She is extremely protective and can read my emotions. No matter if I am happy, sad, or angry, Moo is always there by my side.

As humans, we often write other people off because “they did us wrong.” Instead of working through problems and working on forgiveness, we tend to turn our backs on others. Loyalty is an incredible trait and is the backbone of every relationship. A loyal friend is the best type of friend to have. 

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4. Dogs will try anything once.

Whether it is swimming in an alpine lake, jumping off rocks, or riding in a backpack; dogs will usually try anything once. They may not like it, but they will try it because they are loyal and aim to please.

Trying things for the first time pushes us out of our comfort zones and allows us to discover new things that we may in fact love. If we stay in our comfort zones the entire time, then how will we ever learn what we like? Life starts once you step out of your comfort zone. Try new things and push your limits. 

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Kristen Fuller, M.D.

Kristen Fuller is a successful clinical writer in the mental health realm, a physician, and an author. Dr. Fuller enjoys writing about evidence-based topics in the cutting-edge world of mental health and addiction medicine and also contributes to medicine board education. Her passion lies in educating the public on the stigma associated with mental health and sharing the importance of finding your own happiness, regardless of your current situation or life path. Dr. Fuller spends her free time hiking, backpacking, skiing, camping, and paddle boarding with her dog in the Eastern Sierras, where she calls home.View Author posts