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You shouldn’t leave me alone all the time

You shouldn’t leave me alone all the time
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I understand that you probably work and you’re busy, but I get bored easily. Consider taking me to doggy daycare or bringing in a dog sitter a few times per week. And also make sure to give me plenty of lovin’ once you get home!

I don’t feel guilty, even if you think I look like it

I don’t feel guilty, even if you think I look like it
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Crazy, right? I don’t have the breadth of emotions that you do, and when you try to make me feel guilty, frankly, I don’t understand. But usually your voice is really loud and that makes me upset. Please train me firmly, but with a softer tone.

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I’m not always happy when I’m wagging my tail

I’m not always happy when I’m wagging my tail
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Tail wagging is kind of a language for me. Sometimes it means I’m happy, but sometimes it means I’m scared, insecure, or even angry. Take the time to learn the differences between my tail wags.

Find out the secrets your dog’s tail is trying to tell you here.

I don’t love crowded parties or picnics

I don’t love crowded parties or picnics
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While I am a social animal, don’t confuse that for me loving crowded places. I get overwhelmed and scared when there are a lot of people vying for my attention. Plus, if you were my size, wouldn’t you be scared of how many legs you have to dodge?

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I respond to rewards, not punishments

I respond to rewards, not punishments
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If you give me treats for doing something good, I will keep doing that good thing because I love treats. But if you just yell at me and point at things when I do something bad, I won’t understand you and I’ll probably keep doing the bad thing.

Honestly, I don’t know what you’re saying

Honestly, I don’t know what you’re saying
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Like I said, when you talk to me, I don’t understand your words. I do understand your tone, though. So keep talking to me in your high-pitched ‘pet’ voice… I like that.

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I get confused when you change up the rules all the time

I get confused when you change up the rules all the time
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You get excited when I jump on you, but when I jump on a random stranger on our walk, you get angry. Who can I jump on? And am I allowed on the couch or not? Please make up your mind; I just want to make you happy.

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Take me to the vet every year…I can’t tell you when I’m not feeling well

Take me to the vet every year…I can’t tell you when I’m not feeling well
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I need an annual check-up so the vet can make sure I’m healthy and up-to-date on my vaccinations. Please don’t overlook this appointment – it could be life or death.

Fences and barriers are good things!

Fences and barriers are good things!
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Since I’m a domesticated dog, I don’t always have the innate desire to ‘roam free.’ Putting barriers and fences around the house or in the backyard will keep me safe and out of trouble, I promise!

I know you’re tired, cold, hot, etc., but please don’t rush me when you take me out to go to the bathroom

I know you’re tired, cold, hot, etc., but please don’t rush me when you take me out to go to the bathroom
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Just like you like to ponder while you’re doing your business, I have a process. I have to find the perfect place with a mix of smells and mark my territory correctly, and I don’t like it when you tug on my leash.

Read on for the things your dog should be doing every single day.

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