What your dog says about you

What Your Dog Says about You


They say that we can be judged by the company we keep. The jury’s still out in whether this holds true in all cases, but for many of us, dogs are the company we keep most often. Our puppy BFFs are there to greet us when we get home, give us snuggles and wet kisses as we start our day, and sometimes even accompany us to work. As the world grows more and more “dog friendly,” it’s worth considering the messages our pets send to others about us. Wondering what I mean? Check out these factors:


Here’s the truth: your dog’s behavior is viewed as a reflection of your responsibility. There’s a dog next door to me, for example, that barks outside for hours at a time. It’s incredibly frustrating, but I know that it’s not the dog’s fault. Instead, the dog’s owners should be more attentive and let it inside when that behavior begins. Dogs that pull on their leads and leashes or that roam around outside without dog collars on send the message that their owners lack discipline or don’t care enough about their pets.


Sometimes the little things send a big message. Just as you care for your appearance and hygiene on a daily basis, doing the same for your dog somewhat regularly shows everyone that you care. Dogs with glossy and well-groomed coats, healthy teeth, and accessories like personalized collars and leashes show others that they’re well cared for and special to you. It indicates that you are nurturing and a strong provider for your family, even if that family is mostly furry and four-legged.


Like it or not, some dog breeds have stereotypes associated with them that can affect how you and your dog are perceived. More aggressive dog breeds like pit bulls or Dobermans are often used to intimidate potential intruders, even if the dogs themselves are friendly. Golden retrievers and labradors, on the other hand, send the message that your dog (and you, by extension) are friendly. I wouldn’t be too worried about these stereotypes, but it’s good to recognize that they exist.

Overall, only you and your dog know the true nature of your relationship. But thinking about how you present your dog to the outside world is worth a bit of your time. It’s likely to make your dog happier, and might make a difference in your social life as well.

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