10 Reasons Why We Are Thankful For Dogs This Thanksgiving
At Come.Sit.Stay Dog Training, in Jacksonville, Fl., we see firsthand the many emotions of dog owners. Sure, we see some frustrations, but we’re also fortunate enough to see real examples of unconditional love, pride, and joy as owners and dogs build their relationship. Anyone who has ever had a dog knows how much love and joy they bring to our lives. From greeting us at the door when we get home to keeping us warm at night, we have plenty of reasons to be thankful for their very presence. In hopes of reminding you why dog owners are some of the luckiest folks on the planet this Thanksgiving and every day after, we present our top 10 reasons why we think dog owners have so much to be thankful for!
1. They teach important life lessons.
Dogs give us a sense of responsibility. For those of us without children, pets instill a sense of duty by requiring us to be accountable for them. Mealtimes, grooming, exercise… dogs require a lot of care, and it takes a responsible person to take care of them!
2. Dogs are great listeners.
Do you ever need somebody to just rant to without getting all sorts of unsolicited advice? That’s why Dogs are the best listeners! They won’t say a word. They’ll just look at you and let you speak of what happens to be on your mind.
3. Dogs love us unconditionally.
Dogs do not discriminate against age, race, sex, weight or physical ability; they accept us for who we are. It does not matter if our makeup is not done, if we missed our sales goal at the office this week, or if we did not make the three-pointer on the basketball court. When we give our dogs the affection they need and deserve at the end of the day, there is no limit to the amount of love and affection they will give us in return.
4. They are calming.
Dogs live in the here and the now. They don’t have any worries about the past or the future. Their relaxing, untroubled energy is what we would refer to as chicken soup for the soul – it does us a world of good simply by being around it. And it’s also the reason why they make such great service & emotional support companions.Service dogs can be trained to pull a wheelchair, retrieve dropped items, alert a person to sounds, press the elevator button, and even remind their human when it’s time to take their medication.Emotional support dogs provide comfort to an individual with mental health or a psychiatric illness like:
Sometimes there’s just nothing better than curling up with a little ball of fur that looks up at us with adoring eyes. The bond between human and dog is powerful and very profound. The deepest friendships are often the ones that require a language of communication other than words, and dogs allow us to experience such an incredible, timeless partnership.
6. Dogs make us laugh.
At CSS, we love hearing dog owners tell stories of their dogs’ funny attitudes and situations. Dogs have a way to make us laugh every day; even when we don’t want to. Whether it’s the puppy that prances around while playing with their favorite toy or the older dog that has to turn exactly four and a half rotations before lying down, dogs of all ages make us happier simply by making us laugh with them.. or at them.
7. Dogs love us no matter what.
Unconditional love is personified when our dogs love us even when it feels like no one else does. Our dogs don’t care if you made a huge mistake at work or had a bad parenting moment. They are always there to give us a nudge with their cold nose and remind us that we are worth loving.
8. Dog cuddles.
Need we say more? Whether your 100 pound dog thinks he is a lap dog, or your tiny dog fits perfectly near you on the couch, getting some snuggles from your dog is one of the best parts of the day.
9. Dogs get us active.
Dogs love to move and be active and they encourage us to get out and do the same. Whether it’s taking long walks, hikes in the forest, or playing a game of catch in the backyard, being active with our dogs gets us moving and making better decisions for our own health. A funny way of thinking is that our dogs know walking is good for us humans (especially as we age) and to them they’re just taking their human for a walk.
10. Unyielding Loyalty
Dogs are naturally loving and affectionate, and the more you love a dog, the more he or she pays you back in ways nobody else sees or knows. You feel it deep down, and I think they do too. They’re called “man’s best friend” for a good reason- even though we all probably agree that the term should be a “human’s best friend”. Because let’s face it, our dogs not only give us so much to be thankful for but they also make us better people too. They don’t judge; they don’t have egos; they love unconditionally; and they have a far greater capacity to tolerate physical and mental challenges than people do. They make us smile the moment we wake up and before bed. Yes, our dogs give us a lot to be thankful for!At CSS, we’re also thankful for all the amazing dog owners out there. So cheers to a holiday full of reasons to celebrate, and plenty of time to reflect on why you love your dog! If you don’t have a dog and are looking to get one, we strongly encourage you to consider adopting a dog from your local animal shelter!
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Thanksgiving should be a joyous time for you and your pets. Just remember to keep an eye on what is safe and non-safe foods for our dogs to eat. If after the Holiday you’d like some obedience training or even a brush-up training session for your pup before your next Holiday outing together, make sure to set up your FREE consultation with our trainers at Come.Sit.Stay Dog Training. We’re Jacksonville, Florida’s #1 In-Home Dog Training service! Just CLICK HERE to learn more and to contact us!What did you think of our top 10 reasons to be thankful for dogs this Thanksgiving? Of course, there are many more reasons to be thankful for our furry friends. What are yours? Tell us in the comments!Don’t forget to Follow Us On FB!
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