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It's good to set boundaries

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When "No! Bad Dog" is Actually Good

Most of the time, when we hear “No!” it’s a bad thing. But, like, sometimes, “no” is necessary. Like, setting boundaries can be kinda tricky sometimes, but it's super important to make sure you're comfortable and respected, ya know? 

When a dog mounts you and you don’t want to be mounted. Or when your person takes you outside in the rain and you just don’t want to go! Barking “no” or even growling can be super important to being respected. 

So, here's how you could totally set boundaries when it comes to dogs AND humans:

  • Be Confident, Girl: First off, you gotta believe in yourself. Put your hackles up and use a confident bark when you're setting your boundaries. You got this!

  • Nice and Clear: Don't beat around the bush, girl. Don’t be afraid to show your teeth, growl, or even snap when you don’t like something. Just be careful not to hurt anyone if it's just a warming!  

  • Stay Strong: People and pups might test your boundaries, but you gotta stay strong. Stick to what you bark and don't let anyone push you around.

  • Repeat as Needed: Some people might not get it the first time, and that's okay. In fact, most dogs will try to mount you again and again and again. Just calmly repeat your boundary barks and growls if they're not getting the memo.

  • No Guilt, Girl: You don't need to feel guilty for going after your ball or not liking when some human you don’t know gets right in your face talking the baby talk. It's your right to feel safe and respected.

  • Respect Others Too: Just like you want your boundaries respected, you gotta respect others' boundaries too. It's a two-way street, girl.

  • Make sure your human knows: If someone's not respecting your boundaries, go over to your human. If you human is disrespecting you, chew on their shoes. 

  • Practice, Practice: Setting boundaries might feel weird at first, but the more you do it, the easier it gets. Bark at your own tail when it's wagging or show your teeth to a child in your inner circle to practice for when the time is right!

 

Remember, girl, setting boundaries is all about showing yourself some love and making sure you're treated the way you deserve. You're awesome, and you deserve to be respected! 🌟💖

Horoscope

Aquarius - (January 20 to February 18)

Your independent and canine nature will guide you this week. Embrace your uniqueness in trying new sleeping positions and be open to new sniffing new butts and new plants. Your presence will bring joy and positive energy to your human.

Pisces - (February 19 to March 20)

Your gentle and intuitive nature will be a source of comfort and solace this year to your human and your pack. Trust your instincts (stranger = danger) and pay attention to the mysterious vans on your street. Bark at dogs you have never seen before. They are obviously bad dogs. 

Aries - (March 21 to April 19)

Your energetic and adventurous nature will shine through this week. You may find yourself the leader of the pack in playtime and showing off your speed in fetch. Keep an eye out for new toys and activities to keep your curious mind active and out of trouble.

Taurus - (April 20 to May 20)

You are a loyal and reliable companion. This week, focus on maintaining a sense of agility and jumping in play time. Chase a different ball, play tug, or dig a new hole. Indulge in delicious peanut butter treats and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation in your human's bed.

Gemini -  (May 21 to June 21)

Your social and communicative skills will advance this week. You may find yourself trying a new bark or whine to make new furry friends and impress your human. Embrace your curious nature and explore new environments whenever you can. Don't be afraid to roll in a new smell! 

Cancer - (June 22 to July 22)

Your nurturing and sensitive nature will be in full swing this week. Pay attention to your human's emotions and seek to give them many, many licks and follow them to every room for the next few days. Your loyalty will be greatly appreciated by your human family.

Leo - (July 23 to August 22)

Get ready to shine! Your charismatic and confident personality will draw everyone's attention. Take advantage of this time to showcase your skills and charm your way into extra belly rubs and treats. You deserve all the praise that comes your way!

Virgo - (August 23 to September 22)

Attention to detail and a desire for cleanliness define you. This week, channel your inquisitive nature into learning new tricks and refining your playtime behavior. Your dedication and discipline will impress both your human and canine friends.

Libra - (September 23 to October 23)

Your loving and friendly nature will be greatly appreciated this week. Focus on happy tail wags, both at home and at the park. Seek companionship from happy dogs and engage in activities that promote harmony and cooperation. Avoid the barkers. 

Scorpio - (October 24 to November 21)

Your intense and passionate style of play will be your guiding force this week. Show your loyalty and protectiveness towards your loved ones by barking at all the dogs who come by your human . Try making friends with new humans though, as an abundance of treats are coming your way. 

Sagittarius - (November 22 to December 21)

Your adventurous and free-spirited nature will be in full swing this week. Seek new experiences and explore the great outdoors. Your playful energy will inspire others to join you on exciting escapades. Think about playing with a new friend in the park this week. 

Capricorn - (December 22 to January 19)

Your disciplined and ambitious personality will shine through this week. Focus on your training and set barking goals for yourself. Your determination and hard work will lead to impressive achievements in tricks and commands that will make your human companions proud.

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