GIVING THANKS FOR DOGS
Thanksgiving is the time of year in which we celebrate all the things we are thankful for in our lives. The last two years have been difficult for many of us. Thankfully, our furry companion has been by our side to provide comfort and lots of unconditional love.
So, let’s celebrate the many reasons we should be thankful for our dogs, not just on Thanksgiving, but all year long!
Does your dog know nothing about personal space? If so, this is a GREAT thing. This is one major sign of a dog’s love for you. As you watch Thanksgiving Day parades and football, be sure to leave a space for your fluffy friend. He will appreciate this more than you will ever imagine.
We all know dogs can’t walk themselves. They rely on us to give them exercise. Did you realize how much this motivates you to get moving? In addition to bonding, walking your dog can lower your risk of heart disease. In fact, getting out in the fresh air can also reduce your stress. So, get out and get moving with your fur baby. See, we told you there is so much to be thankful for when having a dog.
Does your dog smile or get excited when you grab that leash, or their favorite toy? This is a sign of a happy dog. Did you know that when your pup is having fun, so are you? Just try not to smile and giggle when you see that wag of the tail, the silliness of your pup running after a ball, the way he cocks his head, or jumps through a pile of leaves. We dare you!
Here are a few suggested activities you can do with your dog to further bond your relationship and create more joy and happiness:
- Obedience training
- Agility training
- Playtime at home
- Trick training
- Sensory training
NO JUDGEMENT HERE!
Did you know that your fur baby does not care how much money you make, what you look like, how much you weigh, or your political views?
Dogs are completely accepting of YOU! That in and of itself should make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This is another great reason to be thankful for your dog.
If you are sad, depressed and/or lonely, the best comfort may just come from your four-legged companion. So, go ahead and grab a hug from your doggie. It’s guaranteed to make you feel a bit better.
In fact, studies have shown that people who own pets are happier. The holiday season can be a time of added stress for some people. Be grateful for your loyal pup who can provide comfort during the excitement and pressures of the season.
The love your puppy has for you is boundless. They will love you unconditionally, even if you do not buy them that new toy, or forget to give them a morning treat.
At the beginning of the new year, many of us will be transitioning from working from home to our physical worksite. That means Fido will be spending more time alone. Be sure to check out our next blog on how to transition your pets to their new normal.
There are so many reasons to be thankful for our pups all the days of their lives. Please share with us the many reasons you love having that furry companion by your side. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!