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5 Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog in 33 Seconds

5 Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog in 33 Seconds

As well as I thought I knew my Labrador, Gina, she even surprised me recently during this recent run at an AKC agility trial.  It never ceases to amaze me how much I continue to learn from my dogs. Here’s what Gina taught me in 33 seconds:

1. Don’t ever give up.

Even when you fall flat on your butt, you never know what will happen next. Get up and finish.

2. Life (and dog training) is supposed to be fun.

Don’t take life too seriously. When life throws you a curve ball, have fun with it.

3. Be prepared.

We practice cues from a huge variety of positions and locations ~ the floor, on the sofa, while doing a plank. And even though I never said “over” from the floor, I never knew how much all that practice would come in handy.

4. Praise and attention keeps you going.

Gina really responded to all the cheering at the end and picked up speed. Praise feeds your soul, no matter your leg count.

5. Reward. Reward. Reward.

Everybody likes to get paid, even dogs. She was immediately rewarded for a job well done. First with the cheering, next when she jumped on me right after the run, followed by her favorite treat, and then a game of fetch with her favorite ball.

What life lessons have you learned from your dogs? Thanks for sharing in a comment below.

Main Photo Credit: Erika Maurer
Photo of Lisa and Gina: Karen Gough

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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3:01AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Or that actions speak loader than words.

2:59AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

I'm finding it hard to vision a dog falling on it's but, and I find it hard that you didn't learn anything about love.

11:28PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

If we could all send some more time listening to animals!!!

5:56AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

thanks

9:05PM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Great lessons! In fact, our pets teach us lots of lessons every day!

12:50AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

nice list

2:01PM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

Learn it, then live it.

1:50PM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

thanks

2:12PM PDT on Jun 20, 2014

good list, I would say that through life the dogs I have known have absolutely tried to share this same wisdom, whether I heard/understood or not is another story....

10:41AM PDT on Jun 20, 2014

thank you

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