As Thanksgiving approaches in the USA, it’s time to reflect on the things we are thankful for—and that definitely includes our pups! In fact, regardless of whether you celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s always important to think about the many blessings our dogs provide us on a daily basis.
What are you most thankful for about your canine companion?
I’ve got a list of personal thoughts that I’m about to share. It’s my hope that at the end of this post, you’ll leave a message in the comments letting me know what else you are thankful for!
Here’s what I am most thankful for…
I Am Thankful For My Dog’s Constant Companionship
Dogs are by far one of the most loyal creatures on the planet. After all, what other animal will watch you walk out the door to leave for work or run and errand, then sit at the window all day simply waiting for you to get home?
Your pup’s favorite person is YOU. And having this kind of connection with animals is one of the most beautiful things in the world.
While we all need human connection, sometimes all it takes is a cuddle on the couch or a long walk in the park with your fur baby to remember you are not alone.
Need a hug? Your dog will be there!
Need someone to listen to you? Your pup will happily do so!
Simply need a day to rest and relax? Your dog’s got your back!
Thank your pup today for their constant loyalty and companionship.
I Am Thankful For My Dog’s Goofy Antics That Make Me Laugh
Dogs do the funniest things.
In fact, I’d be willing to bet that most pups do at least one thing a day that brings a smile to their owners’ faces. I know my dogs do!
From chasing tails to “protecting” you from that evil squirrel that sits outside your window, it’s pretty easy to chuckle as you watch your pup explore the world.
We all could use a little more laughter. Thank your pup today for the smile he/she puts on your face!
I Am Thankful For My Dog’s Sense of Adventure
Have you ever asked your dog to try something new and their response was, “no thanks!”
My dogs are always down to go with me on new adventures, whether it be traveling somewhere new, exploring a new hiking trail, or testing out a new food.
Your friends and family members might not always be down for the activities you want to try, but I can bet that your dog will be the first to volunteer to go with you! Of course, as long as the activity is safe for your canine companion and within reason.
Over the years I’ve made so many amazing memories with my pups who have been willing to walk with me every step of the way, and I thank them for their dedication!
I Am Thankful For My Dog’s Impact on my Health and Well-being
Dogs can improve a person’s health and well-being in so many ways.
For starters, our canine companions are experts at helping people cope with mental health issues. While dogs can’t cure depression or anxiety, they sure can provide a lot of comfort and support, which greatly alleviates the symptoms.
This is why many people who struggle with mental health issues end up adopting a dog…for the love, support, and companionship. This is common for seniors as well, who desperately need the companionship.
Our pups also have the ability to improve our physical health.
When you adopt a dog, they rely on you for complete care, which means getting up off the couch to attend to their basic needs on a daily basis, such as going for a walk or being fed.
I’ve gotten so much exercise thanks to spending time outdoors with my dogs. And I’m willing to bet that I owe my good health partly to my dogs.
Has your dog been a contributing factor in improving your mental or physical health? Tell me in the comments below; I’d love to hear your story!
I Am Thankful For My Dog’s Ability to Teach Me about Kindness, Gentleness, and Unconditional Love
My dogs teach me new things on a daily basis. However, one of the most important things my dogs have taught me is the importance of being kind and gentle, and how to love unconditionally.
In fact, my entire dog-training career (and dog-training program) have been founded on these principles.
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There’s nothing better than knowing that your dog loves you regardless of how successful you are, how much money you make, how nice of a house you live in, what you’ve experienced in your past, etc.
And, it’s a great reminder that we should practice these principles whether it be while training a dog or socializing with your coworkers at the office.
I hope this upcoming holiday season provides you with an opportunity to reflect on just how amazing it is to have a dog in your home. While you’re reflecting, don’t forget to give your fur baby an extra treat or belly rub to remind them how appreciated they are!
Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate!
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