5 Life Lessons I’ve Learned from My Dog


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Most dog owners know that consistent training and mental stimulation are key to keeping your dog safe, happy, and healthy. Even once you’ve moved beyond basic commands and leash manners, your dog is constantly learning. Every walk around the block and every trip to dog daycare are opportunities for your pup to explore and learn new things about the world around her.

If you think about it, the same idea can be applied to humans. The learning doesn’t stop once we’ve mastered Algebra and can successfully write a persuasive essay. Much like our canine companions, every day is an opportunity to learn something new about our career fields, our friends and families, and even about ourselves. Inspiration and knowledge can come from anywhere! This idea got me thinking about whether or not we can learn lessons from our dogs. After some thought, I narrowed my list down to 5 life lessons I’ve learned from my dog, Rex, in his short time on earth.

1. There’s no place like home Last year Rex ran away from home and embarked on a two-week adventure through the busy streets of Chicago. My apartment felt empty without him and I found myself missing him more than I could have ever imagined. While I wish we hadn’t been separated in the first place, I did learn a valuable lesson once we were reunited: There’s no place like home. 2. Making new friends is easier than you think When Rex arrives at The Doggy Dojo for dog daycare or at one of Chicago’s dog parks, he has no problem trotting up to a new dog and saying “hello.” His fearless ability to make new friends is inspirational to me. I’ve found that, like dogs, most people are pretty friendly and approachable if you extend yourself enough to make a connection. 3. The best things in life are free One of Rex’s favorite things in the world is ice. Yep – give Rex an ice cube over a gourmet treat any day of the week. He also loves playing and cuddling with the people he cares about. His ability to be perfectly happy with things that cost absolutely nothing makes me appreciate the simple things in life. 4. Take your time trusting new people When someone new comes to the front door, Rex immediately goes into protection mode. Even after the “intruder” comes inside and greets him, Rex takes his time assessing the situation before he decides if he can trust the person. As someone who is naturally open to accepting new people into my life, Rex has taught me to be cautious and trust my gut in social situations. 5. Naps are underrated One of the beautiful things about being a dog is that you can sleep as much as you’d like. Unfortunately, as humans with work and life responsibilities, we don’t get as much sleep as we should. Rex has taught me that a quick nap gives me the renewed energy and fresh perspective I need to tackle the rest of my day.

What life lessons have you learned from your dog? Share with us in the comments or on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!

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