How Having A Dog Teaches You Valuable Life Lessons


Dogs / Monday, May 30th, 2016

How Having A Dog Teaches You Valuable Life Lessons

Having a dog teaches you a lot of things. It helps you to learn to be patient, to show love and to care for an animal. Most dog owners will say they cannot live without a dog in their life, and feel that their pooch adds something very special to their home.

Growing up around dogs is a wonderful experience, and as you spend more time with them they begin teaching you things about yourself, and life in general. Basically dogs are awesome. Here’s how having a dog teaches you valuable life lessons.
Jogging with dog at Carcavelos Beach

It’s important to stay fit and healthy

Having a dog forces you to get out every single day and exercise. People who don’t have dogs should also get outside every day and do some sort of exercise. When you have a dog you come to appreciate that it’s not just your dog that needs daily exercise, you do too.

Make the most of your time on this planet

Sadly, dogs don’t live as long as we do. Having a dog makes you appreciate life, especially when the day comes when your dog passes. Dogs teach us to live life to the full which is a very important and basic life lesson.

Being responsible for something helps you grow

Having to care for a living, breathing animal changes your perspective on life. You learn to be responsible and look after something other than yourself. Dogs can help you to grow as a person, they completely rely on you which is a big responsibility.

Dogs really are man’s best friend

Once you own a dog, you will come to truly understand why dogs are labelled ‘man’s best friend’. Having a dog in your life really adds something special to your existence. You build an unbreakable bond and learn that dogs are wonderful animals.

Trust is everything

It takes a long time to build up trust with an animal. Dogs can teach you just how important it is to build trust, and how special it feels when you have someone in your life who you can completely rely on no matter what.

There’s nothing better than love

Dogs teach us that there really is nothing better than love. When you have that amazing bond with a dog it brings you pure joy and happiness. Dogs teach us it is important to show give and receive love.

Forgive and forget

Dogs can actually be quite quick to forgive. They don’t have the best memory and will often move on after something happens. Us humans need to learn how to forgive, and when it’s time to move on.

Live in the moment

We should be more like dogs, who tend to live in the moment. There’s something amazing about living in the here and now and truly being present for life’s experiences. Stop worrying about the past and stressing about the future and focus on the now instead. Dogs do this very well and we should too.