How Your Pet Makes You a Better Person
Your pet may be one of your best teachers on what it means to be committed, selfless, and most of all—how to love.
Whether you want to become a parent one day, you’d like to run a business, or you just want to be better, your pet can prepare you to be your best self.
The day you bring your four-legged best friend home is exhilarating. When you’re caught up in the newness of having a pet, you don’t think about the long term commitment you’re making. And depending on the breed and temperament of your pet, the following weeks, months, and years may be a test of that commitment—especially if you have a puppy who needs to be potty trained, or a rescue dog who’s destructive.
Anyone who’s been through challenges with their pets know the patience learned is invaluable. Whether you choose to one day become a parent of humans, or stick with being a pet owner, standing firm in your commitment to care for your pet through good times and bad strengthens your character and makes you a better friend, partner, employee, and all around human being.
Any successful married person, business owner, or parent will tell you the reason for their success is they focus on others, as opposed to themselves. If you want to learn how to become selfless, adopt a pet! Pets, like human babies, are completely vulnerable. They need you to meet their needs for food, shelter, and love. It’s impossible to be selfish when you’re focused on someone else’s needs.
The best part about giving your time, attention, and love to a pet? The more you give, the more you get back. Be patient and kind with your pet, even when they’re barking all night or tearing up your shoes for the hundredth time.
Pets are smart—they know when they’ve screwed up. Above all, they just want to please you. Practice positive, force-free training to help them understand how they can do that, and you’ll get “pawsitively” amazing results.
Author M.K. Clinton said it best: “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” Human love can be selfish and conditional: unless you do this, you won’t get that. But all that falls away when we walk in the front door to a wagging tail. We can learn what it means to truly love others from the way our pets love us.
Try loving others like your pet loves. Be a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, a smiling face, or just be present. Sometimes we get so busy with life we forget to just be. Our pets don’t. They live one moment at a time, and we should too. Once you learn how to love like your pet loves, you’ll have a fuller, richer life.
Unleash Your Best Self
How has your own pet helped you become a better person? What can you do to pay it forward to other humans in your community?
Commitment, selflessness, and unconditional love are nothing until you give them away. Become the person your pet thinks you are, starting today!