"Louie: "Let's have fun!"
The following post was originally published by Karen on KP’s Dog Blog, December 12, 2007.
And they're all free!
1.) A long walk every morning. With this gift, your
dog is halfway to nirvana. A long walk promotes an enduring sense of
well-being and contentment, and it’s great for every dog’s health.
Walking together is also key to your bond with your dog.
2.) A calm environment. Pledge never to lose your
temper with or in front of your dog. If you’re a drama queen, decide to
stop being one now―hey, if I can do it, you can too. Dogs don’t do well
with drama. Serenity is more their cup of tea.
3.) A holistic approach to veterinary medicine.
Investigate chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs, nutrition,
and all the other alternatives to the standard drugs and surgery that
conventional vets offer. In most cases, these methods are less invasive
yet more effective at promoting healing because they get to the root of
the problem instead of just masking it or suppressing it.
4.) Commitment. Adopt a dog with the same kind of
commitment that you reserve for marriage. You will part company only
under the most dire and irreconcilable circumstances. Otherwise, never
give up on your dog’s behavior problems―there is an answer out there.
You just need to find it and implement it.
5.) Respect. Pledge never to disparage your dog.
Don’t believe that your dog can’t understand what you’re saying. We
vastly underestimate dogs’ comprehension―often they can pick up on the
underlying idea. In all relevant matters, consider your dog’s point of
view. This, of course, requires empathy, the ability to put yourself in
your dog’s position and see things through his or her eyes.
6.) Quality time. Play a new game, like hide ‘n’
seek. Bring home a new toy or object of interest frequently. You get
out more than your dogs do―so bring some of the world back home to
them. It can be as simple as a pine cone or as elaborate as a fun,
interactive toy from your local pet supply store. Hang out together and
focus on Fluffy―don’t let thoughts about work or anything else creep in.
7.) Careful observation. Pay close attention to
Fido’s appearance and demeanor. Look at him from all angles (his tummy,
his paw pads, under his tail, under his lips). This is the best way to
detect health problems early on when they are most treatable and least
8.) Hands-on attention. Dogs are sensual
creatures―most of them love to be massaged, scratched, and petted.
Caress or scratch them the way they like it, not the way you like it.
Some dogs like a good hard scratch on the butt, while others like a
medium scratch on the chest. Some love a gentle caress, while others
like a deep-tissue massage. Find out what pleases your dog.
9.) Some silliness. Dogs are never more photogenic
than when they are being silly―a photo captures the sheer pleasure of
playtime on their faces. So join them! Even initiate it. Get down on
the floor and do a play bow. Find out what gets your dog in a goofy
mood and do it every day.
10.) Unconditional love. Love your dog with the
fullness of your heart, with every fiber of your being, every hour of
every day. Dogs’ lives pass much too quickly, and before you know it,
it’s time to say goodbye. Don’t waste a single moment!
These are all gifts that money can’t buy, yet they are the gifts that your dog will appreciate the most. Happy holidays!
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