There are a few foolproof ways to make your day brighter and dogs are one of them. Petting or just seeing a fuzzy friend is almost always a guaranteed way to bring on a smile. 

The Instagram page ‘Dog Pix’ collects memes that most dog owners will find very very relatable. And to find out more about dog behavior, we contacted canine training specialist Damon McCook at Good Citizen K9 to give some advice to owners and clarify if old dogs actually can learn new tricks.

So, dear Panda’s, upvote your favorites and if you need more fluffy goodness in your life, check out Bored Panda’s other collections of doggy memes here

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He's fawning over his new lil fren

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We reached out to Damon McCook at Good Citizen K9 to ask a few questions about dog behavior that owners might benefit from. As much as we love them, dogs will misbehave, often without knowing it. Your pet might think it completely reasonable to jump all over the couch or take your food directly from the table. “Punishment doesn’t change behavior, it only suppresses it,” he said. Instead, the owner needs to build a relationship of respect with the dog which helps create clear boundaries.

“Breed standards give you a general idea but all dogs are individuals,” he added. Behavior is as much a reflection of the owner as it is of the dog. “Sleeping in bed with your dog is the worst thing you can do to your dog for behavioral issues.”

The old cliché of not being able to ‘teach an old dog new tricks’ may actually be entirely inaccurate. In fact, Damon McCook believes that it is entirely wrong. “That saying is ridiculous. Last year I trained 10,11,13, and 14 year old dogs.” Dogs are famously intelligent animals and age is not a barrier when it comes to ‘new tricks.’

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While the commonly held belief is that we domesticated dogs, there is some evidence that our relationship is more mutual. For example, wolf and dog social structures are closer to ours than those of chimps or apes. Early human hunter-gatherers were possibly more territorial than our ape relatives, something may have learned from dogs. Think about how human-like your fuzzy friends' facial expressions might be. Some dogs have awfully expressive eyebrows, sighs and even mouths. 

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Domi
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It reminds me of a friend who looks the same when he laughs. I like that look because I know that's when he's happy.

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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, you don't got a puppy, you get a baby.

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The first hard evidence of human and dog relations that more resembled a family are from around 14’000AD. Two human skeletons and the mandible of a dog were found, buried in Germany. Researchers discovered that the dog had died young, from Canine distemper and that someone, presumably the pair of buried humans, had been attempting to keep it alive. While sad, it's heartwarming to think about the fact that our ancestors already saw dogs not just as hunting tools, but companions. 

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Michèle Smith
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your comment "We are all mothers in our own way" is such a kind and lovely thing to say. Thank you.

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InvincibleRodent
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The fact that this is live theater makes it infinitely better. There is a stage full of human actors there, performing for a theater full of nothing but dogs.

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Domi
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If a dog were to sign up for Tinder, it would get a lot of matches.

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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That one old lady watching everyone on the block from her window

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Domi
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen this picture a few times, but it always makes me smile.

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Hungry Salmon Shark
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1 month ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who did? This is just a picture of a bed. Why are they pretending this is a dog photo? Edit: did not dud and bed not bad.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I shall call him Mini-Me

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And doggone it, hoomins love you.

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