8 Things I Learned From My Dog

It is a new year and the holidays are in the past. It is time to be open to some new ideas. Anyone who knows me at all, knows that I am a dog owner, and our English Springer Spaniel, Kelsey, is just as much a part of the family as anyone. I know, pets require training and are completely dependent on our care, but if you let them, they can give back just as much. Here are 8 things I learned from my dog!

  1. When you want something, go after it! Dogs are relentless. They bark, chase and search until they get what they want. Don’t give up on something you want until you have exhausted all your effort.
  2. Adventure is all around you! You don’t always have to travel to find an adventure. There are many things in your “backyard” that are worth exploring. Appreciate everything around you.
  3. Be curious! Don’t be afraid to try new things. You may come across something you absolutely love.
  4. Don’t pretend to be something you’re not. When has a dog ever pretended to be anything other than a dog? Be genuine and honest.
  5. Greet people like you haven’t seen them in a million years! It really makes a difference being greeted in a pleasant manner.
  6. Enjoy the simple things. Try to enjoy and savor the simple things in life. There are lots of things to be thankful for and enjoy each day if you just look around.
  7. Play! Be open to spontaneous fun. Take time to get away from the grind at work. Give yourself time to relax and get away from the stress.
  8. (And last but not least…) Be forgetful! Don’t hold a grudge.

These are just a few things that I have received back from my dog Kelsey. There are lots of great dog training books out there and believe it or not, cookbooks to spoil your dog. Just remember to be open to what they are offering back.

Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.

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