How Dogs Teach Us to Be Happy

There are plenty of lessons to learn from dogs about living your best life.

If you're wondering how to get the most from life — just look to your pet dog.

Dog trainer Amanda Gagnon says there's a lot we can learn from dogs when it comes to being happy. She shared her advice with Les Trent at the D-Pet Hotel in Manhattan.

"They really very, very clearly teach us how to be here now, centered and grounded," she said. "Isn't that the way you want to live?"

They teach us lessons about enjoying the simple things in life.

"When it's snowed 100 days in a row and you're so sick and tired of snow, a dog goes out and it's the first time it ever snowed and they're rolling in the snow," she said.

And dogs know the secret of how to let it go. They never hold grudges — "not in the way that humans do," Gagnon said.

They also know what they want and they aren't afraid to ask for it.

"People say dogs don't talk," she said. "Of course they talk, they just don't use words. They're telling us stuff all the time."

For example, dogs jump up to beg for attention. In contrast, "as humans, sometimes we're afraid to ask for attention," Gagnon said. "We feel shy, we feel reserved."

Dogs have other important reminders for you too, such as taking it easy and making sure you exercise every day. Gagnon suggests taking a hint from your pet.

"Really it's about emulating that joy and that passion for being here and now," she said.