10 Important Lessons I Learned From My Dog

Lessons Learned From My Dog

5. Dogs forgive.

Moo will sometimes act naughty by peeing on the floor or chewing an article of my clothing. I will give her a light discipline, and afterward, I can tell that she is sad, but it does not take long for her to forgive and forget. She does not hold grudges and is back to her happy, loving self after an hour or so.

As humans, we can learn a lot from dogs about forgiveness. Holding grudges is unhealthy and only makes us turn into bitter, angry people. Forgiveness allows us to free ourselves and move on. 

6. Dogs seek companionship.

Companionship is incredibly important in life. As humans, we crave physical touch, emotional bonds, and mental stimulation from others. Even if we are introverts, we still thrive on human connections.

Dogs are the same. They seek out humans to feel loved. Moo always wants belly rubs, will run up to me for a hug, and thrives on playing fetch. Dogs and humans were not meant to spend their lives alone. 

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7. Dogs love to play.

Whether Moo is chasing her tail, chasing squirrels, chasing bears up trees, or playing fetch; she loves to play. Dogs love to let loose and have fun. Regardless of how old we are, we must find time to play.

Whether it is chasing our kids around, adventuring in the outdoors, dancing, or singing along to our favorite music; we must find time to “let our hair down” and play. We are never too old for playtime. 

8. Dogs always find time to greet their loved ones.

Whether we come home dirty and hungry, or we had a bad day at work; dogs are still at the door with their tails wagging and so excited to see their human companions.

It is so essential that we pay our loved ones the same greeting when we come home. Even if we had a bad day, it is crucial to put our feelings aside for a minute and greet the ones who matter to us. 

9. Dogs practice self-love.

Have you ever seen a dog that is unhappy about his appearance? Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and many are downright funny-looking. Regardless of appearance, dogs happily live with who they are; it does not matter if they have a leg or tail missing; they make the best of what they have.

As humans, we are so hard on ourselves. We are our own worst critics, but if we took time each day to compliment ourselves on who we are, we might find ourselves actually loving who we are. Once we love ourselves then we can begin to love others. 

Lessons Learned From My Dog
Lessons Learned From My Dog

10. Dogs live in the moment.

Dogs do not think about yesterday or tomorrow. They listen to their primary needs at the moment. Whether it is to play ball, sleep, or eat, they enjoy what’s happening at the moment and make it count. Moo plays hard, sleeps hard, and drinks water until she pukes.

As humans, we often are so focused on our future dreams or are agonizing about the past mistakes that we often forget about the present. Living in the moment and enjoying what is in front of us can increase our happiness and gratitude. 

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” -Josh Billings 


Written By Kristen Fuller   
Originally Appeared in Psychology Today

Dogs are some of the purest souls to walk on this earth, and humans have so much to learn from them. The important lessons that can be learned from a dog is valuable and priceless at the same time. Dogs are really divine, aren’t they?

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