August 5th is National “Work Like a Dog” Day, so in honor of this prestigious holiday, we thought we’d share some friendly tips on how you can work like a dog and maintain a healthy, balanced life.
1. Be Energetic. Dogs have a lot of energy because they also get a lot of sleep. To ensure you feel well rested and energized throughout the day, get a good night’s sleep the night before with a doctor recommended 7-8 hours.
2. Be active. Dogs love to explore the great outdoors and expel their energy being active. If you’re short on time, go for a 30 minute walk. According to the Mayo Clinic Staff, walking not only helps with maintaining a healthy weight, it is also known to lift one’s mood, prevent or manage various conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, and also improve balance and coordination.
3. Be Brave and Take Risks. Dogs have been used in the US Military since World War I. They are trained to sniff out explosives and drugs and protect their fellow comrades in battle. These dogs risk their lives for their fellow soldiers and face war with bravery, just as our service men and women do. To learn more about the current battle Warrior Dogs are facing, this article by My Fox LA features their current battle to come home.
We all face obstacles in our lives and at work, so think like these military service dogs and remember to be brave and take calculated risks.
4. Be honest. Dogs may not be able to tell you how they feel with words, but you can always tell their moods from their expressive gestures. Be honest and assertive – trust is earned through honesty.
5. Be friendly. Positivity is infectious and there’s nothing like a dog’s smile to brighten a day, even the worst days. Take note and spread happiness to those around you.
6. Be trustworthy and loyal. Cesar Milan describes The Loyalty of Dogs in his blog, “Dogs are pack animals. They want to belong to a pack, whether it’s made up of dogs or humans, or pretty much any animal. You can look through our photo album of unlikely animals friends to see all the different kinds of friends that dogs will make. Dogs aren’t loners. When they lose a member of a pack, even temporarily, they feel that a part of them is missing.”
7. Be inquisitive. Dogs are inquisitive by nature and while they seek answers through their noses, I challenge you to use your ears. The world we currently live in is a plugged in one, and with the abundance of technology and gadgets infiltrating our lives, it is important to not lose a sense of wonder. Ask questions of your peers, your elders, and yes, even those younger than yourself, and actively listen to the answers. You can learn from everyone around you, if you take the time to ask.
8. Be yourself. To quote Oscar Wilde, “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Dogs never pretend to be what they are not, and the world only gets one of you, so at the end of the day be yourself- the rest of us are lucky to have you!
Can you think of any other traits we can adapt from our dogs to make us better workers/people? Share them in the comments below.