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Filling Your Dog's Emotional Bucket

Each of us has our own personal emotional bucket.  And so do our dogs.

When your bucket is full, you feel positive, confident, and productive. But when your bucket is empty, you feel drained and negative. 

So it is also with your dog.

In How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Don Clifton, the authors explain that we all have the choice either to fill or to empty our own emotional buckets.  We also can fill or empty those of others.  

You can fill up your dog's emotional bucket and make him stronger, healthier, and happier. When you do that, you fill your own bucket, too.

But you can also dip into his bucket with negativity and drain it drop by drop. Yet, draining his bucket doesn't fill yours.

The book further describes bucket filling strategies.  Here are three of those strategies that work equally well for dogs and people.

"Shine a Light on What Is Right"

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