#Dogs November 4

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In 2020 some Coach4aday posts will feature lessons learned by completing, planning, and experiencing 30 day challenges. The challenges include physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional.


Over the past two months I have had friends suffer the loss of a DOG.

I do not have a DOG but it is clear to me that people that have any type of animal especially a DOG have strong emotional ties. I went researching and came across some fascinating information.

First off in a Psychology Today article from June 12, 2020 written by Dana Dorfman there is a lot of science between the relationship of a DOG and human.

I have written about brain chemicals before specifically cortisol and dopamine. When humans interact with DOGS research has shown that both cortisol and dopamine are released. Each of these helps lower our stress and anxiety along with elevating our mood. DOGS are great for your mental health.

Last week George Raveling on his Daily Coach blog posted about the leadership lessons we can learn from DOGS. He used examples of DOGS that serve in the military. His list was really good and each point is a lesson we should apply.

  • Dogs have terrible short term memories. They move onto the next moment.
  • Dogs have wonderful long-term memories and always show their appreciation.
  • Dogs always have your back, in good times or bad.
  • Dogs understand your emotions and can read your body language
  • Dogs provide great motivation. They make you get off your chair and move.
  • Dogs learn quickly and are adaptive.
  • Dogs never allow you to eat alone. They understand mealtime is the best time to connect.
  • Dogs try to live every day to the fullest and never get bored.

For those friends that have recently lost a DOG don’t forget what they taught you. Honor them by applying the behavior traits they showed you. Hope you will enjoy this news story from Texas.

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