15 Joys Only Dog People Really Understand

We all have that family member or friend who just doesn’t understand the bond we share with our dogs. In honor of Pet Owners Day (April 19), here are 15 small joys that only us “dog people” understand and appreciate.

#1 – A wagging tail

There is just something about a dog’s tail wagging that can make any bad day just a bit better.

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Image source: @PaulRoth via Flickr

#2 – Furry Company

Living alone can be depressing, unless you have a dog – she just might be the best roommate you will ever have.

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Image source: @JonHurd via Flickr

#3 – Walking buddy

Walking alone can be boring and even scary. But having a dog can turn a walk into a joyful outing – you can’t help but catch his excitement at being out and about.

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Image source: @FaceMePLS via Flickr

#4 – The joy of fetch

There is something about playing fetch after a stressful day that just helps you relax. A non-dog person will never understand.

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Image source: @Tanakawho via Flickr

#5 – Therapeutic dog kisses

Nothing can console a soul like a dog. You can be crying into your pillow and that soft warm body with a cold nose comes up and licks your tears away. Nothing a person could have said would have been as therapeutic as those licks.

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Image source: @KathleenTylerConklin via Flcikr

#6 – Best alarm clock ever

There is nothing better than being woken up by a wagging tail and your dog’s kisses. How can you wake up in a bad mood?

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Image source: @MichaBaldwin via Flickr

#7 – Never having to eat alone

Dog owners are lucky – they always have someone to eat with. Whether it’s a Friday night in or just a trip to the local café, it’s a simply joy to know your best bud is always available to tag along.

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Image source: @FaithGoble via flickr

#8 – Dog dreams

Ever watched your dog sleep? For some reason it just lifts the spirit to watch them twitch, grunt, and even bark while deep asleep.

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Image source: @JanosCsonggorKerekes via Flickr

#9 – Happy greeting at the end of a long day

One of the best parts of the day is coming home from work and being welcomed home by a joyous dog.

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Image source: @BevSykes via Flickr

#10 – Finally getting that trick right

There is something wonderful about teaching dog, working together to perfect a trick, and finally getting it right.

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Image source: @WagnerCezar via Flickr

#11 – Watching them with a new toy

While kids and people are sometimes ungrateful when you give them a gift, your dog will love anything you give him. Watching him with a new toy can be the best part of a day.

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Image source: @wplynn via Flickr

#12 –Puppy Breath

What is it about puppy breath that just makes us melt? Who knows! But’s it a great joy that only dog people get to experience.

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Image source: @BevSykes via Flickr

#13 –Rescuing

There is a definite joy in knowing you have saved a life and that you are now providing that life with things (love, good food, care, play, etc.) that has been denied previously. This might be the greatest joy of all.

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Image source: @AnimalAlliesRescueFoundation via Flickr

#14 –Snuggling on the couch

There is something about sharing a lap with a dog that just makes even the worst day feel a bit better.

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Image source: @nikoretro via Flickr

#15 –The world’s best listener

Had a bad day? He will listen and not be too caught up in his own problems to console you with his head on your lap or a game of fetch. Face it, dogs are much better at the “how was your day?” than humans.

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Image source: @NoelZiaLee via Flickr

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