Everyone knows how a kind word or compliment can lift your spirits and make your day—but you’ll really appreciate the difference a compliment can make when you see these before and after pictures. Here’s what dogs look like before they are called "good dog" and what they look like afterward…

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It's incredible the difference hearing the words "good dog" can make.

It's incredible the difference hearing the words "good dog" can make.
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It can turn you from being a dog that looks remarkably like a polar bear, into a dog that still looks remarkably like a polar bear but that much cuter.

Now that’s one serious dog.

Now that’s one serious dog.
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Serious about having a good laugh, that is!

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Yet, while some dogs love an unashamed belly laugh…

Yet, while some dogs love an unashamed belly laugh…
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Others prefer to accept their compliments with a little more dignity.

Being called "good dog" can make you go from being Couch Potato Dog...

Being called "good dog" can make you go from being Couch Potato Dog...
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...to one who's up for a good tummy tickle or run on the beach.

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It’s hard to think of anything that could make this dog any cuter.

It’s hard to think of anything that could make this dog any cuter.
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Except his expression when he's called "good dog" by the human he loves.

Word of advice for this dog’s owner:

Word of advice for this dog’s owner:
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Say “good dog” often. Very often.

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Not now, sorry, I'm watching Wheel Of Fortune...

Not now, sorry, I'm watching Wheel Of Fortune...
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OK, OK, if you're going to get all "good dog" about it!

When you say “good dog” and wonder if what he actually heard was:

When you say “good dog” and wonder if what he actually heard was:
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 “I have every chew toy known to man outside waiting for you.”

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Of course, overt expressions of joy and excitement become more difficult the older a dog gets.

Of course, overt expressions of joy and excitement become more difficult the older a dog gets.
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But why bother anyway, when a slight display of tongue says it all.

The great thing about saying "good dog"?

The great thing about saying "good dog"?
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The smile you get back gives you just as much happiness.

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Just lettin’ the love wash right over me…

Just lettin’ the love wash right over me…
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Look, I’m happy to accept the “good boy”…

But I have a sneaking suspicion there’s going to be a catch.

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That moment when you realize the “good boy” was meant for you.

That moment when you realize the “good boy” was meant for you.
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Of course, some dogs are such good dogs...

Of course, some dogs are such good dogs...
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...that getting told they are is really just routine.

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We don’t care if this dog really is a good dog.

We don’t care if this dog really is a good dog.
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We're telling him he is anyway.

While some larger breeds slobber with joy...

While some larger breeds slobber with joy...
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...others are just quietly chuffed.

...others are just quietly chuffed.
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Now, no one is saying that dogs are better than cats.

Now, no one is saying that dogs are better than cats.
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But for the record, this is what a cat looks likes before and after being told "good boy." Just saying.

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Finally, this is a photo of a good boy before and after he was called a dog.

Finally, this is a photo of a good boy before and after he was called a dog.
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The guy who posted it makes the useful point that while "good dog" works wonders with our canine friends, it doesn't work in reverse or cross-species. And that's a lesson for all of us.

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