66. Dogs are keenly aware if something different is going to happen … Putting shoes on to go out is a very exciting life event!
67. Watching the behaviours of others is interesting and gives insight! Your dog is watching you!
68. Think ahead! Forward planning can make life a lot easier. A dog won’t necessarily be caught just because that is what you want this very minute.
69. Give praise quickly. If it is a no, it is a no, if it is a yes, be quick with the praise too. Yes is the goal. Your no supports your yes! It’s anatomical!
70. Dogs can anticipate your next action. Maisie my Cockerpoo, puts the ball where she thinks I am going next, she is invariably correct. My dog is mind reading me!
71. Dogs are very good human trainers!
72. Let sleeping dogs lie. There is truth in old wisdom. It gives you peace.
73. Dogs understand body language.
74. Dogs love it when you rest your hand on them and think into the back of it. Bliss! Alexander Technique non doing ‘hands on’ are an excellent and effective way for calming down a manic, crazy dog … over time!
75. Who cares about the weather when you can go OUTSIDE!
76. Get more Grrrrrr …. stronger boundaries and grrrreater passion for life! Anger and hyper energy can be very useful!
77. Passion and obsession are not so different! …. Really keep your eye on your favourite ball!
78. If one person doesn’t want to play with you, don’t worry! Someone else will play with you.
79. Dogs bring energy and enthusiasm into the room. Whoo hoo! Live life with energy and enthusiasm.
80. Chasing a dog that doesn’t want to be caught is a waste of time!
81. If it is not working with the dog do something else, be creative … Creativity keeps life interesting.
82. Not everyone loves your dog. But all that matters is that you do. Trust your own judgement. Trust your own love! Everyone deserves love!
83. Some dogs are messier than other. It is just who they are. They are not trying to mess up your life on purpose!
84. Not all dogs want to be fawned over, some dogs just like their own space. Free choice! Don’t take it personally!
85. ‘Some dogs mothers are bigger than other dogs mothers!’ (misquoted from The Smiths). We are all different … YAY!
86. No matter how small you are or think you are, you are important! You are allowed to take up your space.
87. People really don’t like being barked at!
88. There are different kinds of bark. Use your bark only in the case of emergency when you really need to get someones attention.
89. Dogs have an opinion too. Allow others their opinion. You don’t have to agree.
90. People are wonderful and to be greeted with enthusiasm. Most people will respond back accordingly. The odd one won’t. Don’t take it personally, it is their problem not yours!
91. You don’t need words to communicate love.
92. Be kind! Kindness will be rewarded with loyalty and companionship.
93. Dogs don’t take your grumpy mood personally. Don’t take things personally.
94. What is your stuff is your stuff, what is their stuff is their stuff.
95. Dogs know how to give you space if you are in a bad mood and will go find somewhere to hang out in their own happy space. Give people space if they need it.
96. Find the warmest and most comfortable place to lie down and let go completely.
97. Take the ‘plunge’ – even if you have never tried to ‘swim’ before you might like it. And if not, the shore is not far away.
98. Innocent but slightly eccentric behaviour can be misinterpreted badly. Be your quirky unique self even if people do misunderstand you. Don’t stop doing what makes you happy just because folk don’t get it!
(My dog likes to tickle her inside leg on the shoe of anyone sitting cross legged. This involves lifting her leg as though she were a male dog about to pee. Maisie is doing her ballet moves for fun!)
99. Dogs change your perception of life … A lone man walking a dog on a path is a man taking his dog for a walk. A man walking alone on a path is a potential threat! (sorry guys!)
100. Dogs love to meet and greet. Dogs bring people together. Strangers will talk to a dog where they might be shy to talk to you.
101. Everyday is a new opportunity to enjoy chasing and catching the ball! People will start buying balls if they know there is passion, and come to visit just in order to share your passion with you!
My Motto after two and half years with a highly intelligent, hyperactive Cockerpoo affectionally known as Crazy Maisie is – ‘Be More Maisie!’
Animals can teach us daft humans a whole lot of life lessons …
Part 1 below ..
101 Life Lessons from my Dog – Copyright Kirsten Harris 2017