The 10 Commandments From a Pet’s Point of View

  • My life is likely to last 10-15 years, any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you buy me.
  • Give me time to understand what you want from me, don’t be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable.
  • Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back. Respect is earned not given as an inalienable right.
  • Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment, I am not capable of understanding why? I only know I have been rejected, you have your work entertainment and friends I only have you.
  • Talk to me sometimes, even if I don’t understand your words I understand your voice and your tone, “you only have to look at my tail”.
  • Be aware that however you treat me I’ll never forget it, and if it’s cruel it may affect me forever.
  • Please don’t hit me I can’t hit back, but I can bite and scratch and I really don’t ever want to do that.
  • Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right foods or I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak, I may be just dog tired.
  • Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and may also need love, care, comfort, and attention.
  • Go with me on difficult journeys, never say, “I can’t bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence”. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, irrespective of what you do I will always love you.
  • This article was written by ©Stan (The Original Doglistener). A professional full time Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer.
    You can visit his website at for more articles and training information.


About Author

Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.


  1. Lovely, it’s a wake-up call. Being there until the very end truly counts.
    Through good times and bad times, keep in mind that owning a pet is a sacred commitment.

  2. This really hit the heart. Time passes much too quickly to igore the special bond between pet and owner. Definitely need to take extra time every day just for them. I love to take my dog to bark park daily, he always looks forward to going. I also try to understand any unusual behavior. When the time came for Skeever’s end it was so painful, but I had to be there.

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