Dogs are so loyal that they love us no matter what we do. But if we want to provide the best life possible to these wonderful animals, we have to remember they have complex thoughts and feelings too. Here are 15 that we must never forget.

Don’t be upset when I jump for joy when you come through the door.

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I only live for ten or fifteen years. You are what makes that time enjoyable. It’s hard on me when you go away.

Give me time to understand what you want from me.

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I don’t always get it right on the first try, but I promise I’m trying as hard as I can.

Give me your trust.

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Just like I trust you, I need you to trust me, too.

Don’t be angry with me for too long. And please don’t lock me up to punish me.

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You have your friends and family to keep you happy and entertained. I just have you.

Take me inside when the weather gets bad.

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The backyard doesn’t have air conditioning or a heater. You don’t have to let me on the couch, but a small part of the kitchen is much better than sleeping in the snow.

Talk to me.

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Sure, we don’t speak the same language, but the sound of your voice brightens my whole day.

Comfort me when I’m scared.

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You know a lot more about loud noises, strange people, and new places than I do. I need to know that you’ll protect me from them. I always feel safer when I’m with you.

Come with me on my final journey.

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I know it will be difficult, but I need you by my side when the time comes for me to leave this world. Every moment down to my last breath is easier if I have you with me.

Creating this list reminded me how much love dogs have to give. Let’s make sure we give it back for the special but short time they’re in our lives.

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