The staring can be kind of creepy, if you’re not used to it.
When our 5-year-old labradoodle, Gatsby, wants or needs something, he plants himself on the ground and fixes his brown eyes upon you. He’ll stay that way, sitting upright (with perfect poodle posture) for as long as it takes. He doesn’t make a sound; he just waits, staring our from under apricot-colored curls.
It’s an effective technique that usually means he needs to go outside, he’s hungry or he wants to go for a walk. And Gatsby always gets what he wants, even if it takes a while.
This thing he’s good at – patience. It’s something my husband and I were reflecting on recently. We both agreed we could learn something about patience from our pooch. What prompted this reflection was our other labradoodle, Garth.
Garth is still a puppy. He’s Gatsby’s opposite in every way -- loud, klutzy and has an attention span of about 2 seconds. Much of this is typical puppy behavior, but the interesting thing we’ve noticed about Garth is that when he wants affection, he doesn’t hesitate to ask for it.
If he wants to be petted, he’ll walk over and insert his head under your hand. If he wants to snuggle, he doesn’t ask for permission – he just hops on your lap. As a result, he’s consistently getting love.
It’s yet another lesson I think we can learn from our dogs.
What have you learned from your pets?
Katherine Sather is an internet marketing geek who lives in Seattle with her husband and two labradoodles. Find her on Twitter @ksather.