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FINDING A DOG'S PURPOSE: EXPLORING YOUR WHY AND YOUR DOG'S WHY

Welcome, fellow readers! Today's blog post is going to take you on a journey through various topics, such as Google's AI advancements, dog training, blogging, and the essence of purpose. If you're not up for this meandering train of thought, feel free to return another day. But if you're curious to explore the interconnections between these subjects, stick around!

girl golden retriever, Dog on Walk with owner
Dog on Walk with owner

In case you've been out of the loop, Google recently made a significant announcement regarding its use of AI to revolutionize search engine results. By leveraging artificial intelligence, Google aims to streamline the way information is presented, condensing search results into concise paragraphs derived from multiple sources. This development promises to make online research, shopping, and connectivity more convenient for regular Internet users. You no longer have to navigate to different websites to obtain comprehensive details; instead, Google's AI will provide quick and accurate summaries that answer your queries. Sounds easy, right?


However, for content creators, this poses a whole new set of challenges. With Google's AI aggregating the best information and presenting it seamlessly, users may no longer feel the need to click through to read full blog posts or articles. And as we know, clicks generate views, which in turn generate revenue through ads or affiliate programs. Without those precious clicks, it's easy to foresee a decline in page views, leading to financial setbacks for content creators.

This situation is disheartening. I firmly believe that anyone who creates valuable, informative, or entertaining content deserves to earn a living from their hard work, dedication, and time-consuming efforts. On the positive side, this change will likely penalize those spammy affiliate sites that rely on keyword stuffing to drive traffic. So, there is a silver lining amidst the uncertainty.

Nevertheless, despite the pessimism surrounding these developments, I don't believe this spells doom for blogs, contrary to popular opinion.


To me, it all comes down to a fundamental question: Why do you blog in the first place?


But let's take a step back for a moment. Doesn't this question underpin everything we do in life? Whether it's blogging, writing, dog training, scrolling through social media, or working extra shifts—our "why" determines our motivations and drives.

And this introspective question resonates deeply with us, passionate pet owners and animal lovers, and finding a dog's purpose.


Now, let's shift our focus to dogs.

Small brindle dog an innocent face and what you are imagining
Small brindle dog


Imagine a captivating scene—a close-up photograph capturing the face of a small brindle dog, possibly a mix of Boston terriers. Resting on a geometric print rug in shades of blue and peach, a blue sofa looms faintly in the background. Despite his drooping eyes, the pup's brown gaze meets the photographer's lens. A serene, sleepy companion.







Now, let me ask you: Why do you train your dog?


Our reasons for training our canine companions often overlap, but each of us may hold unique motivations. Perhaps you train your dog for basic safety reasons—for the protection of yourself, your dog, other people, and other pets. Or maybe you enjoy the thrill of teaching tricks and engaging in doggy dancing together. Some may train their dogs to perform specific tasks, while others see training as a hobby that keeps them occupied and strengthens their bond with their furry friend. Competition, showmanship, or hunting might be your driving force.

When my dog, Cooper, was just a puppy, my "why" for training him revolved around helping him manage his fears and stimulating his remarkably vivid imagination. Otherwise, he found his own, less desirable ways to entertain himself, often leading to property damage. During his adolescent years, I focused on training Cooper to walk safely by my side and come when called. And now that he's approaching 13 years old, our training sessions are primarily for fun and to keep his mind and body active.

As for my other dogs, Emmett underwent intensive training to become a working dog in animal-assisted therapy settings. And with Lucas, the main goal was to prevent him from exhibiting aggressive behavior. But training also played a crucial role in helping them navigate the human world safely and building a stronger bond with me.

When it comes to dog training, my "why" can be distilled into three essential elements: safety, security, and comfort—for both my dogs and myself.


Now, let's explore another question: Why do dogs engage in activities with their human companions? What is a dog's purpose?


The cynics may argue that dogs do it solely for the treats. And yes, treats play a part. But think about it this way—would you go to work every day if you weren't getting paid? Most likely, your answer is influenced by factors beyond the paycheck. You might genuinely love your job or enjoy the company of your coworkers. Perhaps your job provides you with the financial means or flexibility to pursue activities you love outside of work. Whatever the reason, it's clear that you have a purpose that extends beyond monetary compensation.

Similarly, I believe our dogs are driven by more than just treats. Their "why" for participating in various activities with us stems from the joy they experience, the companionship they cherish, and the reliance they place on our bond for their sense of safety and security. While treats may be enticing, I genuinely believe that my dogs train with me for the same three reasons that I train with them: safety, security, and comfort.

Now, let's shift gears slightly and delve into why people search for dog-related information on the internet.

Our desire to provide the best care for our dogs fuels our curiosity. It goes beyond training techniques and tools; it encompasses veterinary procedures, health and wellness tips, grooming advice, and even indulging in the art of spoiling our furry companions (my personal favorite being a squeaky toy subscription for Cooper).

Thus, we turn to the vast expanse of the internet for answers.

While I also consult with my vet and professional trainers, the first place I often go when seeking training tips is YouTube or Google. I follow inspiring and amusing dog accounts on Instagram to feel connected and motivated.


But why do people like me write about dogs on the internet?


The answer is simple—it's all about connection.


As someone who makes a living writing about dogs and cats, the more valuable and informative my content, the greater the likelihood of connecting with readers. Of course, paying the bills, buying those squeaky toys for Cooper, and filling up the gas tank are practical considerations. However, my primary motivation is establishing meaningful connections.

Despite the challenges, both Google-related and others such as technical complexities, internet trolls, hosting fees, hacking attempts, and content scraping, I have been writing about dogs and cats for many years, and I will continue to do so for many more. The less enjoyable aspects are just as crucial as the more rewarding ones, similar to teaching Lucas not to nibble on unsuspecting individuals.

If you've made it this far, thank you for sticking with me as I navigate this stream of consciousness. Sometimes, I have these puzzle pieces of thoughts swirling in my mind—Google's search engine changes, the resilience of blogs, and, of course, dog training—and I need to put them into words to form a coherent picture.



THE VALUE OF YOUR WORK AND THE BOND WITH YOUR DOG


That, my friends, is the core message I wanted to convey. Whether you blog for pleasure or as a profession, whether you train your dog to acquire basic manners or for competitive endeavors, whether you love your job or simply work to support your other passions—remember that there is immense value in the work you do. And there is inherent worth in you, your dog, and the unique bond you share.

No external factor, not even Google's innovations, can diminish that worth. So, let's continue pursuing our passions, cherishing our connections, and embracing the journey with our canine companions.

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