Throughout history, dog has been considered a loyal companion to human beings offering protection, trust, and friendship. Dog totem honors those who have a sense of service supporting others. Dog totem teaches one about compassion and forgiveness with an understanding for human shortcomings. Dog totem also teaches about boundaries and brings to question your sense of loyalties and/or what is your need for approval from others. Dog totem also asks if you have been true and loyal to achieving personal goals. Dog totem teaches us to become our own best friend. Known for his keen ability to smell over long distances and sureness of direction, Dog totem helpfully guides one to finding lost objects or places. Due to their sense of compassion and true heart feelings, some cultures attribute the Dog to being the transitional guide between the stages of life and death, internal darkness and external light, and between the spirit and human worlds.