Remembering to Bond With Your Dog


How can you not pet that face? -Brittany Graham Photography

How can you not pet that face?
-Brittany Graham Photography

All I want to do is drink wine and pet my dog – Every Dog-Parent T-Shirt

I came home the other day exhausted. It had been a long week. Nothing particularly bad, just a lot of brain power used and a lot of running around. So, like any normal adult I laid down on the floor. Just sprawled out. I barely made it a yard into the apartment before I was reaching for it.

As I laid down, my four legged side kick made his way over. He laid down next to me gently, trying to get a feel for what was going on. He took some good sniffs to see what kind of energy I was throwing off. Quite honestly, I wasn’t throwing off any. Porter decided that was fine and laid down on his side facing me so that I could get some belly scratches in. And we both laid there, face to face, no distractions.

- Brittany Graham Photography

– Brittany Graham Photography

Sometimes, when I get home I’ll immediately get on my phone. I fall into the habit of checking what I missed within the last hour. This time, there was no phone in between us, no tv, no rushing around to get to the next event, it was just us. And it was perfect.

We laid there, just hanging out with each other for about an hour. Yup, I laid on the floor for an hour and did nothing but pet my dog.

I didn’t miss any earth shattering event by not checking my phone for an hour.

I was able to have an hour of uninterrupted bonding time with Porter.

I was able to recharge my dog-mom sails for the next time he may push the patience buttons.

I found some new and calm energy by taking an hour break.

Nothing but positive things happened in that hour.

We all say it: All I want to do is pet my dog all day. Well, do it!

- Brittany Graham Photography

– Brittany Graham Photography

Take some time to just hang out with Fido and regroup. It will only benefit both of you. Put away all the distractions, electronics included, and just pet your dog. Then see how much better your day gets!

Keep calm and pilot on

Danika Migliore
Darwin Dogs, LLC
Dog Training in Cleveland, OH

2 thoughts on “Remembering to Bond With Your Dog

  1. Most mornings we get up and go outside for Lily’s necessary trip. Back upstairs for my shower and a Lily nap with “Dad”. Downstairs for breakfast. Out for our first walk – for us, run for Lily – of the day. Back inside for my people’s second cup of coffee. I watch TV and pet Lily for about an hour while she rests her head in my lap. Great way to start a day.

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