One of the easiest ways to cheer your dog up when they become depressed is to tell them that they are a good boy or a good girl. Chances are, their eyes will light up, and they might even have a smile on their face. In addition, if you give them a little affection at the same time, in the form of petting, you’ll most likely make them feel so much better.
The following dogs are having a normal, or even a bad day in some cases. But all it took was a little “good boy” or “good girl,” and they are all smiles again. You can check out the before and after photos of these four-legged canine companions to see just how much a little encouragement brightened up their day.
This dog is such a good boy. At first he was wondering what his owner wanted. It was only after his owner told him he was a good boy that he finally understood. Now, he is as happy as can be.
Check out this dog all buckled up in the car. She is ready to go wherever her owner takes her, though she would prefer to go to the park. Being called a good girl is just the cherry on top of the whole experience. Look at her smile.
This dog likes to get into the holiday spirit by wearing festive outfits. Or, at least her owner likes to dress her in holiday appropriate outfits. For her part, she just goes with the flow and takes it all in stride. For that, she gets a “good girl,” which is what she was after in the first place.
This dog jumped right into bed when asked by her owner. Imagine her surprise when she didn’t even expect a “good girl,” but she got one anyway. She was so surprised in fact that she sat up to make sure she wasn’t hearing things.
This dog is such a good boy, especially when he is out playing in the back yard. He especially loves it when his owner calls him a good boy after he fetches the toy. Of course, he can’t figure out why his owner keeps throwing the toy away if he then wants him to bring it back.
Look at this dog wrapped up all snug in her blanket. She was just minding her business until her owner told her she was a good girl. Of course, she already knew that, but she gave her owner a smile anyway.
This dog is a good girl even in the dark. Her master, ever the proud owner, had to capture the moment on camera. So he turned on the flashlight before telling her she was a good girl. For good measure she gave the camera a smile.
While this Dachshund is more subtle in his good boy response, the love and sense of accomplishment is still there. You can even see the beginnings of a smile on his face. It looks like he is thinking about what it means to be a good boy, as most dogs do.
This dog is standing loyally by while her owner relaxes on the couch. Imagine her surprise when she got a “good girl” just for doing her job. You can see the joy on her face as she looks on with a sense of accomplishment.
While in thoughtful contemplation, this dog’s owner threw him a random “good boy.” Now he is beside himself with happiness. I’m sure this deep-thinking dog is going to keep pondering life and getting even more “good boys.”
Jackson is a very good boy. His owner likes to dress him up and has him sit on the couch. Of course, Jackson can’t contain himself when his owner tells him what a good boy he is. His happiness shows through the pictures his owner takes.
While this dog looks somewhat sinister with his multi-colored eyes, he is really a good boy at heart. He even shows his appreciation for those two golden words with a smile. Of course, he has to keep up appearances as he quickly goes back to his sinister-looking nature once the moment passes.
This dog is going on a trip with her human parents in the car. She sat quietly through the whole trip and not once did she fight with her sister sitting nearby. For that she got a “good girl,” which of course put a smile on her face.
Is this dog always in such a good mood that he constantly has a smile on his face? Obviously, he doesn’t need a bunch of positive reinforcement, though he does appreciate the occasional “good boy” thrown his way.
This dog was quietly sitting in his doggy bed getting ready to go to sleep when his owner told him what a good boy he was. Now, he looks forward to happy dreams of chasing balls and cuddles with his owner.
This Dalmatian watched as his owner approached with a camera, wondering what they were going to take a picture of. Imagine his surprise when he was told he was a good boy, which of course made him smile for the picture of him his owners wanted to take.
This dog was quietly sitting on the bed minding his own business when his owner told him he was a good boy. Of course, he couldn’t contain himself and had to let his owner know how happy he was with a nice smile.
Corgis, in general, are happy dogs. This Corgi likes to hear those magic words, though, time and again. So, when her owner told her she was a good dog, she cocked her head in an attempt to get her owner to repeat herself for good measure.
This little dog likes to sit on the couch, always ready to respond to what his owner has to say. Check out his fluffy, little face when his owner tells him that he is a good boy.
This dog seems to experience bliss when told that she is a good girl. You can see the look of peace and contentment on her face as those two magic words wash over her. She is just waiting on the pat on the head that will soon surely follow.
I can’t tell if this dog is trying to smile after being told she is a good girl, or if maybe she actually wants to be known as a bad girl. Maybe she just has a reputation to uphold and doesn’t want to sully her name with the likes of a well-meant “good girl” from her owner?
Look how happy this dog is after being told he is a good boy. The joyous look on his face is enough to put a smile on even the most hard-hearted individual. Even without a big, happy smile, this dog is still a cute pup.
Here is another dog out in the yard as happy as can be. Even without the admission of a good girl, she still looks as happy as can be. The only sign that the words were even uttered is the perking up of her ears.
Even older dogs like to hear how good of a dog they are. And while older dogs might not be as vocal about their pleasure, there are some tell-tale signs that they are generally happy. In this dog’s case it is sticking out his tongue that gives his happiness away.
This dog was caught being bad (she chewed up some of her owner’s things), so she is awaiting her admonishment. Luckily, her owner can’t stay angry at a face like that. So, instead, she gets an unexpected “good girl.”
One way to know if your dog hears the “good boy” you throw their way is whether or not their ears perk up at the sound of it. Dogs are very attentive to what their owners say, as demonstrated by this dog who obviously heard his owner tell him that he’s a good boy.
Here’s Akita the Kita, a very good girl who likes to sit in the sun. While relaxing and soaking up the rays she hears her owner utter a “good girl.” Instantly she looks up, wondering why she is considered good for doing what she always does.
This dog was watching TV when his owner hit him with a “good boy.” So, he took time out of his TV viewing to acknowledge the kind words. But it was only for a second, as she was soon back to her TV watching.
Here’s Loki lying in bed. Ever the pragmatist, Loki only briefly acknowledges when his owner calls him a good boy. Loki is more interested in the actions of his owner and not the words, though getting the occasional “good boy” is nice.
This dog, while initially angry, had a quick change of heart after a “good boy” was given by his owner. Here he is ready to make someone pay, but watch as his anger quickly turns to admiration once those magical words are uttered.
These two dogs each got a “good boy” and a “good girl.” And while many dogs would be ecstatic about hearing such words coming from their owner, these two took it all in stride. This was due to the fact that they are always good dogs!
Cute puppies have the best reactions to being called a good boy. Not only do they look cute regardless, their smile only serves to elevate that cuteness to a factor of 10. The bigger question is whether he can hold onto that cuteness as he grows older?
Lola is such a good girl. She usually sits quietly in the kitchen, causing no trouble and minding her business. It’s a treat for her to hear her owner call her a good girl, as evidenced by the smile on her face in the second photo.
This dog was watching his favorite show when he was given a “good boy.” Though he doesn’t mind the interruption. It only takes a brief second to acknowledge his owner’s praise. Without even missing a beat, he is back to watching his show.
Here’s Divet at Christmas time. He is already in a good mood due to the holiday spirit. The “good boy” his owner gave him only increased the happiness within him. Plus, he needs all of the good-boy points he can get because Santa is watching after all!
This dog went from ho-hum to happy in an instant. All it took was for his owner to tell him he was a good boy. It does help that he usually has a cheery demeanor, at least it makes it easier for him to smile when he receives praise.
This dog seems to be focused intently on something else. Good luck getting his attention. I know one way that might get him to listen to what you have to say. Throw out a “good boy,” and you’ll have his attention in no time.
While this dog initially has a look of boredom on his face, watch how it quickly changes with the utterance of a “good boy” from his owner. Not only does he become immediately happier, it is evident by the immensely happy look on his face.
This dog likes to lie around, staying out of trouble. Give him a “good boy” and watch how much his demeanor changes. He goes from calm and quiet to howling his pleasure for all to hear. Then it’s back to lying quietly on the couch.