Perhaps one of the most beautiful aspects to owning a dog is the "happiness factor" – your dog's happiness increases exponentially with yours, and vice versa. If a happier dog means a happier owner, then maybe a revolution of joy will sweep the world to end wars, conflict and rude driving.
In the interest of pursuing this utopian agenda, PetPlace.com has put together a list of 10 ways you can change the world by making your dog happy. Most are linked to a more detailed explanation of how you can do your part to make all of our lives better and more fulfilling.
1. Give your pup a belly rub. Most dogs yearn for a nice, soft massage that moves the skin around a little bit. When you see her leg shaking, you know she's in puppy
heaven. You may want to give her a professional massage
, especially if she's older or recovering from an injury.
2. Make your dog some fresh homemade doggie treats. You don't need to be Emeril from the Food Network; just follow our easy recipes
3. Teach your dog to dance. Trip the light fantastic with the most enthusiastic dance partner in the world. Canine dancing
is becoming a well-known competition; maybe the two of you can win some ribbons. Suggested dance music: Salsa. (Stay away from those Saturday Night Fever
soundtracks, unless you're alone.)
4. Make your dog your exercise partner
. Unlike your human companions, you won't get whining excuses like, "But I exercised last month..." There are a lot of physical activities you can do together. Just remember, though, that your dog lacks a thumb, so she's probably not the best weight spotter.
5. Rent old Rin-Tin-Tin and Lassie movies. Or, for a more recent dog-glory movie, "Cats & Dogs."
Maybe your dog has star power. Find out by reading Is Your Pet a Budding Star
6. While watching those old movies, let your dog sit where the cat usually does. She'll get a kick out of the novelty of being a diva. Of course, you'll have to make it up to your cat at some point. Losing her space is one of the cat's pet peeves
7. Give your dog a good grooming
, by you or a professional. Not only will she feel good having all those mats brushed out, it's healthy and simply good doggie hygiene.
8. Celebrate your dog's birthday
. Don't know when it is? Make it up. And don't be afraid to celebrate her birthday two or more times a year.
9. Go to a dog-friendly park
. Exercise, fresh air and lots of space to run around safely – you both need this.
10. Rub her belly again. Don't underestimate the power a good belly rub has on the world.