5 Lessons You Can Learn From Your Dog
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5 Lessons You Can Learn From Your Dog

We don't deserve dogs.

5 Lessons You Can Learn From Your Dog
Paige Pruss

Things are about to get sappy...

"People are born so they can learn to live a good life. Dogs already know how to do that, that's why they don't have to stay as long."

This couldn't be more true. If you have ever had a dog, I am sure you know that they are so much more than a pet. I have had a dog basically my whole life and honestly can't imagine life without one. Dogs are basically a member of the family. Although we as human beings are far more complex than our furry friends, there is still so much we can learn from them. Dogs are inherently born with some of the things that we spend our entire lives trying to learn.

1. Enjoy The Little Things In Life

You know how dogs get crazy excited every time you throw a tennis ball, take them on a walk or pour food in their bowl? Enjoying the simple things in life is key to happiness and dogs have already mastered that. You don't have to lick your loved ones in the face and tackle them every time they come home, but showing appreciation for those you love and enjoying every moment with them never hurts. Also notice how dogs don't stress over every little detail of life? They just focus on what makes them happy. It is that simple.

2. Don't Hold Grudges

This is something I believe I will be working on forever. Being stubborn makes letting things go difficult. Holding grudges against people only holds you down and hinders your own happiness. How many times have you stepped on your dog by accident and they are licking you in the face 5 minutes later? Life is too short to stay angry.

3. Loyalty

Although loyalty is not an abstract concept to me, it is still a rare trait in today's world that some of us may never acquire. Loyalty to your family, friends and significant other is extremely important. Dogs teach us that loyalty is meant to be unconditional, not just when it is convenient. Your dog will stick by your side no matter what. Your dog doesn't care if you are sick, lost your job, gained or lost weight, went away for a long period of time or are the richest person alive. They will stick by your side through it all.

4. Sometimes It is Okay Just To Eat And Sleep

Some days it is hard to even get out of bed. It may seem like all motivation is lost. It is okay to take some downtime when needed. Nobody is energetic and full of life 100 percent of the time. However, dogs teach us that it is important to get back in the game as soon as possible. And they will be the first ones to snuggle up to you on your down days letting you know it will be okay.

5. Unconditional Love

A dog's love is so pure and unconditional. They will love you on your best and worst days. People may hurt and betray you but your dog never will. We can learn a lot from our dogs.

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