Dogs must fit into our worlds. Would we be better off if we tried to fit into theirs?
Science suggests yes.
5 Things to Learn From Your Dog
- Walk Faster – Does your dog pull? Maybe you need to walk faster. Besides, scientists say the most effective workout is one where you go at a fast pace and rest at a slower pace. You know, walk, walk, walk. Sniff, sniff. Walk, walk, walk. Sniff, sniff. (sound familiar?)
- Smell Interesting Things – Scent is most strongly associated with memory. Continuing studies find that scents can help you retain things you learn. Maybe your dog rolling in that dead squirrel isn’t so dumb after all?
- Take Naps – A short nap will increase your alertness. Now you know why your dog never misses a squirrel on his walk.
- Growl – A raised lip and a deep sound send a quick message. But humans often try to hide their anger at the cost of higher blood pressure. Have you ever known a dog on hypertension meds?
- Make Mischief – Being good all the time is bad for you. Listening to loud music, leaving the bed unmade, and gambling might all make you healthier. Maybe your dog isn’t tormenting you by digging in the trash or grabbing food off the counter. She’s probably just ahead of the science. Take her example and be a little bad.
What dog behaviors do you most need to learn?