Social media is an awesome and powerful tool. I use it alot for Wagging Wonders as well as being one of those people with accounts for my dogs!
Instagram is a brilliant platform for seeing some cute dogs and snazzy little “stories”.
I love seeing the variety of dogs on there. Cute poses, funny videos, trick training. I always search the hashtags and nose at #whippetlife!
I get a bit worried though. While these photos are a lovely moment in time, I know many people who take these canine profiles at face value!
They see these dogs living a perfect life, with all the best highlights. There can often be a degree of sadness, why isn’t MY dog like that dog? Why is that dog able to do things mine can’t?
It’s important to remember that these moments are but an edited highlight. A memory to cherish or look back on fondly. However, this doesn’t mean that dog and owner aren’t having tough times!
Their dog or puppy chews up the skirting board the same as yours, probably pulls onlead too!
I would bet good money their dog jumps up at strangers too 😉
Just because the dogs you follow don’t post those moments when it all goes wrong, doesn’t mean it doesn’t go wrong.
It simply means they’ve chosen that photo to pause on a moment in time.
When you look back on life, it’s the good stuff you want to see!
So when you see a dog on there and think “I wish Fido could be like Brian, he looks so well behaved” Just think, do you share your worst moments on social media?
Your dog is awesome anyway.
And so are the dogs you are following.
But no one is exempt from the realities of dog ownership.
So stop comparing your dogs to your favourite social media hounds.
It won’t do you or your dog any favours!
Instead, make your own memories and value your dog for who they are!