Roger Abrantes has an amusing list of 16 Things You Should Stop Doing In Order To Be Happy With Your Dog. I chuckled through it. I think my favorite one was this:
15. Stop wanting what you can’t have—be happy with what you’ve got
This is a very common human characteristic: you always want what you haven’t got and you are blind to all the good you do have. Your dog already gives you a great deal and the two of you can be perfectly happy together, even if your dog is not particularly good at anything. It’s amazing how dog owners say they love their dogs and yet they spend most of the time trying to change their behavior. Focus on what you do have, not on what you don’t, appreciate it and be grateful for it.
He also has the same article on his blog in Spanish. Here is how that same one comes out in Spanish. Since living in Mexico for five years not long ago, I do like to keep up my Spanish!
15. Deja de querer lo que no puede tener—Sé feliz con lo que tiene (be happy with what you’ve got)
Esto es una característica humana muy común: siempre quiere lo que no tiene y es ciego a todo el bien que realmente tiene. Tu perro ya te da muchisimo y los dos podeis ser absolutamente felices juntos, aun cuando tu perro no es particularmente bueno en algo. Es asombroso como los dueños de perros suelen decir que ellos aman sus perros y aún asi pasan la mayor parte del tiempo tratando de cambiar su comportamiento. Concéntrese en lo que tiene, no en lo que no, aprécielo y agradezelo.
Abrantes is a scholar, born in Portugal, with a PhD in Evolutionary Biology. Both articles I quoted from are © Roger Abrantes, used in accordance with his terms.
I actually came to his site because I came across a link to another article of his, Dog Training: Let Reason Prevail Over Force! Where the 16 things articles are light and fun while packing a punch at the same time, the dog training article is scholarly in parts.