17 Dogs Who Are Very Good Boys

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    Who's a Good Boy?

    tranmautritam / Pixabay / CC0 Public Domain

    When our dogs aren’t on their best behavior, it can be so hard to scold them; just looking into their remorseful, sad puppy eyes makes it too easy to forget about that pair of destroyed shoes or the poop on the living room rug.

    This phenomenon—letting our dogs get away with pretty much anything—has given rise to the internet trend of describing every single dog (no matter what they do) as “a very good boy.” There’s even a hugely popular Twitter account that gives ratings to these very good boys. Spoiler: Every dog on the account is, in fact, a very good boy and always scores at least 11 out of 10 on the 10-point rating system.

    Still not sure what makes a very good boy? We get it—the internet can be a weird and confusing place. But these 17 dogs being very good boys (and girls!) may make it a little bit easier to understand.

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    Good Boys Are Thoughtful

    Daniel Stockman / Flickr / CC-BY-SA

    "How long does it take to become a truly good boy?” wonders Vincent, age 8 weeks. Vincent may be concerned about his good boy status, but with his thoughtful, pensive personality and sweet face, he is clearly on his way to full-blown good boyhood.

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    Good Boys Enjoy Themselves

    Beachfront Solutions / Flickr

    Charlie has spent many, many years behaving as a very good boy. Now, he enjoys his retirement by lounging in the pool and relaxing with his favorite domestic beer. But don’t worry—he’s still a good boy.

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    Good Boys Do Their Jobs

    Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    Cadence has a very important job—and, like any very good boy or girl, she gets it done. As a service dog in training, she acts as a companion to US military members and veterans. Thank you for your service, Cadence!

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    Good Boys Do Yard Work

    Christie Donnelly

    Brodie may not always seem like a very good boy—he digs up a lot of plants to eat mud—but trust us: he is a very good boy. What’s so wrong with a puppy wanting to help his parents with the lawn care, anyway?

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    Good Boys Study Hard

    PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay / CC0 Public Domain

    Some studies have shown that dogs understand what their humans are saying, especially when we praise them. Winston, the good boy seen here, is hoping to prove those theories right in his "post-dogtoral" thesis.

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    Good Boys Are Adventurous

    javipolinario / Pixabay / CC0 Public Domain

    Max is a very good boy whose hobbies include scaling mountains and conquering the landscapes no pup has conquered before. In fact, he’s currently training to become a Mount Kilimanjaro climbing guide. 

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    Good Boys Protect the Planet

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    Good boys care about protecting the environment. That’s why Maggie, an avid outdoors girl and environmental advocate, always recycles and uses her human’s compost in her flower garden. 

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    Good Boys Know They're Good Boys

    Olia Gozha / Pexels / CC0 Public Domain

    You don’t have to tell Ava she’s a good boy. She already knows it—and loves to bask in its glory. You go, girl. 

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    Good Boys Get Tired Doing Good Things

    tranmautritam / Pixabay / CC0 Public Domain

    Being a good boy can be so exhausting. Just look at Roger, who can barely keep his eyes open after a long day of doing those good boy deeds. 

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    Good Boys Put Others First

    yasmapaz & ace_heart / Flickr

    Even though it’s annoying and totally not her style, Daisy lets her mom brush her and put bows in her hair. Being a good boy is all about self-sacrifice and putting others’ happiness before your own, after all.

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    Good Boys Lend a Helping Paw

    rbennett661 / Flickr

    Coco does her part by collecting her family’s firewood on camping trips. How would they toast marshmallows without her? Good girl, Coco. 

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    Good Boys Save Kitties

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    Leo is running to help save a kitty from a tree. Fortunately, he was able to get her down without any scratches. You’re a hero, Leo! 

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    Good Boys Are Good Friends

    Eric Sonstroem / Flickr

    What’s a good boy without his or her best friend? Penny and Hank have been besties since puppyhood. They took this sweet selfie at their last play date in the park and then ate some vanilla ice cream.

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    Good Boys Never Stop Learning

    Teerasuwat / Pixabay / CC0 Public Domain

    Generally, good boys don’t put their paws in other dogs’ dishes, but we can certainly make an exception for Bailey. She’s only a few weeks old, so she’s still learning about the key good boy behaviors.

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    Good Boys Care About Their Community

    bella67 / Pixabay / CC0 Public Domain

    As a very good boy and upstanding member of his community, Fred shovels his neighbors’ driveways for free whenever it snows. After a long day of shoveling, he likes to warm up with a bowl of bone broth.

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    Good Boys Keep Their Rooms Clean

    Jayme Blasko & Marc Rishe

    We all know very good boys keep their bedrooms spic-and-span. Just look at Belle’s room—it’s completely spotless! She prides herself on keeping her space tidy (and her mom happy).

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    Good Boys Are Just Good Boys

    4Neus / Flickr

    Romeo is a very good boy simply because he has an adorable smile and looks great in a bandana. Do you really need any other reason?