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Why Owning a Dog Makes Me a Better Blogger

I’ve become THAT guy. The one who doesn’t even use a lint roller to remove the dog hair from his black pants. My dog gets away with murder (you try telling my first Shiba Inu ‘NO!’). But he gives me plenty in return. Not only does he fill my heart with joy, but he makes me a better blogger. That’s right, four-legged Kenji is sometimes my muse. Here’s why owning a dog has made me a better blogger.

The power of walking can’t be overstated. It’s a time to clear your mind, breathe in some fresh Oxygen and get your blood flowing. Without exercise, I find that my blogging productivity drops dramatically. Owning a dog (especially a Shiba) gets me out of the house on walks at least five times a day. No excuses! If we don’t walk, than Kenji doesn’t go to the bathroom, and if Kenji doesn’t go tot he bathroom, he’ll either get sick or have an ‘accident’ inside of the house – that doesn’t help anything.

The walks also help tire a dog out. Intelligent breeds, like my Shiba, have very active minds. Without sufficient exercise they can become depressed, destructive and downright nasty. I think the same can be set for an under-exercised human!

I’ve watched enough episodes of The Dog Whisperer to understand that giving your dog a routine is imperative to a healthy pet-human relationship. Raising a dog requires structure and growing a successful blog does too. Your dog needs to be able to differentiate business from pleasure, poopy time from mealtime – and so do you. Well, you know what I mean. Carve out time to write your blog, read other blogs, answer comments, etc. The more structured your blogging schedule, the easier it is to stay on track and avoid blogger’s block.

Picking Up Poop.
It’s a dirty job, one that was almost a deal breaker when deciding whether or not to get a dog. No matter how you squeeze it, it’s a nasty job. At two poops a day, I remind myself that I spend about two minutes a week picking up crap. Not too shabby! Someone out there is doing it as a full-time job, and that helps remind me that I have it pretty good! Whether I’m toiling at the office or racing to meet a blog deadline, things aren’t that bad!

Another Perspective.

As bloggers, we are constantly tapping into our own experiences to craft posts that we hope will engage the reader. If you are a prolific blogger, writing incessantly, you will come to a point where you can no longer stand yourself. At some point, everyone’s perspective needs to be broadened, and owning a dog has helped me look at things differently. When I write a post I will re-read it and try to view it from other angles. This not only helps round out my posts, but will often lead to future post ideas. It might sound silly, but when I’m with Kenji, I sometimes try to see things as he sees them. This insight makes me a better “master,” and ultimately, a better blogger.

It’s often stated that pet ownership helps people relax by keeping their blood pressure down and reducing anxiety. I agree! Dog ownership has had a calming effect that has helped me stay balanced, therefore resulting in better blogging.

Do you own a dog? And has he/she helped make you a better blogger?

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  1. Luca ) says: 10/5/2010

    Fantastic post!

    I feel exactly the same, although when i am at work my mum walks my dog most of the time so he has split obedience.

    Just because i love my dog so much i started him up a Tumblr.

    He voices his thoughts through me and i explain them to the world. Early days but he’s excited.

    Thanks Andrew :)


  2. Ramona ) says: 10/5/2010

    Having my dog has been a blast for the past 12 years. It’s made me a better person overall and I’m sure a better blogger too ;)

    PS: your “kid” is insanely good looking.


  3. Harriet May ) says: 10/5/2010

    Yes! I have a mini Australian shepherd. Unfortunately her energy does not come in miniature along with her size! She is the best dog, and I blog about her all the time. Constant inspiration!


  4. Roy Scribner ) says: 10/5/2010

    That is a good-looking dog, Andrew! My kids have a little Havanese, but I have never considered how she might be helping me blog :) I may have to take her for a walk, tonight.


  5. Jenny ) says: 10/6/2010

    I have so many more experiences having two dogs than I ever would without having pets. I also agree with you that having a dog let’s you realize and view things from what you would perceive as the dogs perception. My furkids (and only kids) have enriched my life in all aspects.


  6. Lauren says: 10/9/2010

    A good reminder for the woefully dog-less to get away from the computer and play more. I imagine keeping your eye on a sneaky puppy gives your eyes lots of screen breaks, too?