Dogs Make Life Better Dog Centric Social Enterprise Almost Nonprofit

Why a people and dog centric social enterprise almost nonprofit?

Touching and Sensitivity Training
Touching and Sensitivity Training

I believe what I call the human / dog experience is the most important purpose dogs serve in a modern society. The human / dog experience includes people who do not personally have a dog. It even includes people who don’t like dogs. While the Human / dog experience is all inclusive it does place the greatest responsibility on dog enthusiasts and dog owners. People who love dogs are an important part of society, on many levels.

There is some discussion as to how much the dog has contributed to the advancement of culture in the early days of civilization. It could be that we owe dogs more than a passing thank you.

I have been thinking about what motivates me and I have realized a common theme. That theme seems to be helping, mainly helping people. The desire to help people may simply be pragmatic. Although if you delve deeper you will find there is more to it than just helping people. I don’t necessarily want to be a rescuer or an enabler, but I do want to help.

All types of people keep dogs. People who have dogs range from overbearing dominant personalities to very sensitive and caring people. What we need to do is accept who we are as individuals, and dogs can help with this. Once we accept who we are as individuals we need to accept who others are. Again we can learn many important lessons from our dogs. Accepting ourselves and others will make us happier and more loving. “To understand dogs is to understand life.”

Today I want to talk a little about a large group of people who have dogs. They are the ones who feel the social pressures of society more severely than more outgoing and gregarious personalities.

Many people who are drawn to the companionship of dogs are very sensitive. Often sensitive people find dogs more comforting than interacting with the diverse personalities we come across when dealing with other people.

There are some interesting reasons for this that I won’t dwell on here.

I tend to be on the sensitive side. So I know some of the struggles sensitive people go through. However, we can’t give up on struggling through the social landscape of humanity. We can use dogs as a model for what we find most noble in social interactions. We can rely on our dogs to take the sting out of social interactions. But we can’t abandon our fellow humans.

Sensitive people have a gift that more pragmatic people don’t always posses. As a sensitive person you need to accept who you are and contribute to the overall good. This is hard to do if you are hiding alone in contemplation. Dogs should serve as a catalyst to elevate the individual to rise above the adversities of life. Dogs not only make life better, they should also make us better as people too. This is the foundation of my book Best Friend Learning Together. It will also be the foundation of the social enterprise – not quite a nonprofit I am starting.

Today’s post was inspired by a couple conversations I had today on Google plus.

Wishing you the very best in dogs and in life,
Andrew Ledford
Dog training website


6 thoughts on “Dogs Make Life Better Dog Centric Social Enterprise Almost Nonprofit”

  1. I would tend to agree with what you seem to be saying here, Andrew. I would only add that even the most outgoing, loud and gregarious people (who sometimes don’t know they are sensitive) will realize that they are indeed. Learning to live with dogs and getting the best out of them takes us loud people to a quieter place. After a few years and with ever deepening bonds between dogs and people, we begin to realize just how sensitive we all are. Some of us learned to hide not behind walls but behind loud laughter and animated talking. We are indeed, all the same from the inside. We simply deal with life a bit differently. I have always said that dogs are ‘angels’ sent by God to teach each human what we need to know in Life to be better at being human (a very high calling, indeed)……….This is exactly what they do without fail. And that gives some truth to Cesar Milan’s words that “God doesn’t give you the dog you always wanted. He gives you the dog you need.”

    1. Yes, dogs can teach all people with all types of personalities valuable lessons. The lessons they have to teach very outgoing goal driven individuals may be even more important.

      Once we really understand the dog we will understand life.

  2. i normally dont share this because of the negative reactions i mostly receive but i have a few mental health disorders.if it wasn’t for the connection i can make with animals that i just cant with people i probably would be dead or a very bad criminal.its something hard for me to explain,without girly i couldn’t do simple things like go to stores during the day when busy,doctors but having her somehow helped enable me to do those things without needing an since she’s been gone i am back where i was haven’t been out further than the trash can since december 15th.

    1. Are you planning on getting another dog soon? I believe that pets fulfill a role as important and most likely more important than many working dogs. Pets dogs provide a service to society that is greatly underestimated.

  3. I am not sure.its to difficult yet to think about.but a strange fact about me/my life is what I try planning or intend doing rarely happens or works out or when im looking for well bout anything,i hardly find.yet things I dont plan on happening-happen(regardless if I want it to) and its when im not actively looking for anything,i either stumble across “it” or “it” finds is both good and bad.i never wanted marriage or kids,the idea made me sick-then pow,im married and have 1 daughter.i didnt want to adopt anything because we are poor and live in apartments-i would help an animal I saw in distress but never kept any then again pow-smack-bam upside my noggin yet again,babygirl.drives me crazier than already legaly deemed!!!!!

  4. That is true, we often get what we need when we are not forcing the outcome. Accepting what we have and where we’re at is a form of wisdom. Accepting gifts of fate can also bring insight

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