Relationship Coach and author, Syndeelou Jones says that if we could show our romantic partners the same kindness, forgiveness, and compassion that we show our beloved pets, we would have a great foundation for a successful romantic relationship.
Here are her tips for building healthy and happy relationships by taking a cue from man's best friend.
1. BE JOYFUL WHEN GREETING YOUR PARTNER
Every time you walk into the door of your house, you are greeted by your loving dog. You in turn, make the time to hug and greet your dog with a huge smile and appreciation for them. Sometimes when life catches up to us and we are tired or have had a hard day, we forget the little things, like showing true appreciation and enthusiasm for our romantic partner's time and space in our life. A kind and loving greeting goes a long way.
2. LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY
We accept and love our dogs unconditionally because we know they are dogs. They look like a dog, they act like a dog, We never expect them to be a cat. One of the greatest things you can do for your partner is to allow them to be themselves. We never try to coax our barking dog to meow, nor would we expect it. We get to know their bark, their needs, their interests, their weakness, their sleep patterns, their bathroom habits, their annoyances and rather then force our dog to be different, we listen, we learn and most of all, we accept.
3. BE CARING AND NURTURING
If our dog is tired, we let him rest. If he needs more play time, we make sure he has the proper toys and get involved with his activities with enthusiasm. We give our dog plenty of cuddles and loving gestures and make sure he is warm, and well fed. We don't yell at our dog if they have an accident or makes a mistake. We are always there when our dog needs us. We are considerate of their feelings and needs.
4. FORGIVE QUICKLY
How many times has the dog gotten into the trash, or disturbed the neighbors by barking too loud or chewed apart your favorite pair of shoes and you forgave him? You clean up the mess, you try to problem solve with your pet and you seek assistance from a professional if you need it. You never punish, attack or hold a grudge against your furry friend.
5. WE MAKE THEM FEEL SECURE
We are always there for our faithful friends. Our dogs know we are their family. We are going to provide them with food and shelter and love. They are never in fear of abandonment or a lack of commitment. We commit our hearts, our time, our money, and our loyalty to our dogs.
These are simplifications and generalizations of the wonderful way we treat our beloved animal friends. Romantic relationships are much more complex, but perhaps we really can learn a lot from man's best friend. It couldn't hurt to love a little more, accept a little more, care a little more, forgive a little more and commit with your whole heart.