Why Dogs Could Teach Us a Thing or Two About Attitude

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Ever notice dogs have a perpetual Today – Is – The – Best – Day – Ever Attitude? I have to admit; I’m luckier than most because my dog Buddy (That’s him in the picture) will turn 19 this year on April 4th.  Granted, he’s an old man with old man problems, but for the most part, he’s pretty solid! icon smile Why Dogs Could Teach Us a Thing or Two About Attitude

Since I’ve had him, I’ve had friends get married, get divorced (me included), have kids go to college, and some whom have even become grandparents.  Now I know what you’re thinking; what does this have to do with consumerism and recovering from credit and debt issues?  Well I’m glad you asked because the answer is; EVERYTHING!

Attitude Equals  Altitude Mindset

In a post I wrote several months ago titled 3 Steps You Must Take To Recover From Credit and Financial Hell, I wrote Step #1 is to Change Your Mindset.  I went on to write; your mind will decide what type of changes you can, and will make in your life. 

In another post titled Why You Should Wake Up Each Day With a Sense of Urgency I wrote; every day you don’t take action with a sense of urgency to right your financial ship, is a day you continue in decline!  Now imagine tackling everything you do in your life with a Today – Is – The – Best – Day – Ever Attitude.  How much more successful could you be in whatever you are trying to accomplish?

3 Things My Dog Has Taught Me

Actually, the list is much longer but these three really apply to recovering from credit and debt issues!

  1. Establish a Routine: Buddy has taught me that predictable and consistent work equals predictable and consistent results.   In other words; establishing and sticking to a routine every day works! Think budgeting, savings, etc icon smile Why Dogs Could Teach Us a Thing or Two About Attitude
  2. Love Yourself and Your Family Unconditionally:  I don’t know about you, but over the past 2 decades, I’ve had many days where things just didn’t go my way and I felt kind of down.  Know who was there to make me feel like I was the best person in the world every single time?  You guessed it; Buddy!  That’s called unconditional love and we should practice it with both ourselves and our loved ones!
  3. Your Attitude will Determine Your Altitude:  For anyone whom has ever read anything written by Jim Rohn, you will recognize this as one of his famous quotes.  However, by witnessing Buddy’s Today – Is – The – Best – Day – Ever Attitude every day over these last 19 years has allowed me to lay witness to the fact that every day is a great day… with the right attitude!

You Can’t Get Rich on Demand

Yes; this too is another Jim Rohn saying but it also happens to be true.  With the right systems and tools in place matched with the right attitude, you can accomplish great things!   Together, my dog and I have established a routine and he holds me accountable every single day to make sure I keep up my end of the bargain.

He also gives me plenty of positive reinforcement and unconditional love no matter how crappy my attitude might be!   It’s a shame it took me almost 19 years to learn these valuable lessons but I now get to pass these lessons on to my children (Buddy’s brother and sister :))!

What about you?  If you have been fortunate enough to have a pet as a family member, what valuable lessons have you learned that you could pass on here in this post?  I’d love to hear some of these stories so please post your comment below and if you enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends!


  1. Pauline says:

    19 years, incredible! I have birds at the moment (geese, turkeys, hens and rooster) and they taught me a lot about being flexible. you change their habits and 2 days later they are like it has been this way forever. They move on with life with an incredible ease.

    • Yea Pauline, I consider myself pretty lucky to have him this long and I couldn’t agree with you more; they learn and then repeat like they’ve been doing it all their life! Imagine if we could do the same :)

      Thanks for the comment!

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