Ten Commandments from a Dog’s Perspective

A dog’s perspective can be really hard to understand. Sometimes we just don’t get what they’re trying to say. It’s made a lot easier through these ten dog commandments.

Within minutes, the Oklahoma tornados left many without shelter or possessions. Families would soon be sifting through their piles of wood and rubble they once called their home.  At times of utter loss, what you hold dear becomes quite clear and even a dog’s perspective ring’s true.

dog's perspectiveDuring a television interview, a woman spoke of the terrifying moments during the storm.  She had only two wishes: that she and her dog would be fine. One of her wishes had come true. At that moment, the camera changed focus to a black fuzzy head popping out from under the wreckage.

It was her dog!

A Dog’s Perspective Can Teach You a Lot

Not all endings were happy. In honor of the animals
that didn’t make it home, here are some thoughts I’d like to share with you – from a dog’s perspective.

  1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years; any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you adopt me.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want from me; don’t be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable.
  3. Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back. Respect is earned, not given as an inalienable right.
  4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment; I am not capable of understanding why. I only know I have been rejected. You have your work, entertainment, and friends, but I only have you.
  5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice and your tone. You only have to look at my tail.
  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget it, and if it’s cruel, it may affect me forever.
  7. Please don’t hit me. I can’t hit back, but I can bite and scratch, and I really don’t ever want to do that
  8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right foods or I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak. It may be I am just dog-tired.
  9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and may also need love, care, comfort, and attention.
  10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, regardless of what you do, I will always love you.

As published in: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
By Stan Rawlinson,1993


What are some things from a dog’s perspective we can all learn from? Dogs can show us some of the strongest unconditional love out there as long as we’re willing to understand them first.

Photo by John M. Wills


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Thank you for posting the story of the tornado dog, what a compassionate owner, she was thinking of her friend, caring about him , even in her upheaval. Every person that has a dog, should have to read those commandments daily, never have a dog unless you are willing to spend your life with that dog. They are not toys. Do not try to make your dog into a person, instead learn dog behavior and try to understand how a dog reacts and comprehends things, and those commandments become much clearer. Sebastian and Copper, my 2 Shibas, and I get… Read more »


Hi Bruce,
Dogs are lifelong responsibilities and should be adopted with care. Sebastian and Copper are two very lucky Shibas. Thanks for your thoughts!
Best, Vicki


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