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Man’s Best Friend is Man’s Best Teacher

The Dog: Man’s best friend is also man’s best teacher for unconditional acceptance and unending forgiveness.

There are many teachers in our life if we allow them in. Some may be of people, and some may be of pets. With all the potential life teaching moments available to us, a dog seems to be best suited to teach us about unconditional acceptance and unending forgiveness.

I have had “trouble” with dogs for most of my life. I was bitten at 10 years old, and again at 14. For many years of my life I have had recurring dreams where I am being chased by vicious dogs, sometimes even bitten.

I used to think that those dreams spoke to the loss of loyalty I felt by those close to me. Maybe it was a premonition that other’s would be disloyal to me in the future. But that is assuming one thing about the symbolism of dogs - that they are a lesson in loyalty.

I no longer think that is their lesson for us learn.

My “trouble” with dogs is really my fear of dogs. My fear of dogs is really my fear of what they represent to me. The deeper I dig into their representation, the deeper wounds I can heal.

I fear not being accepted, yet I fear being accepted, thus I fear any thing or any message able to accept me unconditionally... and I have since I was a boy, maybe since I was ten. Perhaps the dog bite was a chance to learn more about me and less about dogs.

I fear not being able to forgive others from my heart, yet I fear the vulnerability that comes with forgiving others from my heart, thus I fear any thing or any message able to extend me unending forgiveness... and I have since I was a teen, maybe since I was fourteen. Again, perhaps the dog bite was a chance to learn more about me and less about dogs.

What does your dog teach you?

What can you do with this new awareness?


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About Matt Marchant

Matt is a student of life and enjoys laughing, learning, and loving along with his wife and two year old son. He enjoys spending time in nature where he finds peace and rejuvenation, but most of all the simplicity that the outdoors provide. When he is not working he is playing, when he is playing he is working.


Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) Owner of Marchant Training Method, since 2001

Education & Certifications:

  • B.S. Degree in Kinesiology with a focus on Exercise Physiology from California State University at Fullerton in 2001
  • Holistic Lifestyle Coach (HLC) Level 3 from the C.H.E.K Institute
  • Exercise Coach from the C.H.E.K Institute
  • Circular Strength Training Coach (CST) from RMAX International
  • Circular Strength Training Kettlebell Specialist (CST-KS) Instructor from RMAX International
  • Holistic Coach from Journeys of Wisdom
  • PPS Success Practitioner from the C.H.E.K Institute

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