My friend Jemma has every minute of her dog’s day planned, from when he eats, to when he sleeps. At least it seems that way compared to how we plan our dog’s day – because we don’t!
Some days our dog Arthur eats breakfast at 6:00am, other days it’s not until 10:00. At times he’ll get one walk a day, other times it will be four.
I’ve never had a dog before so I’m not sure who’s right – me or her!
Thank you, Carole
Let me be blunt – it’s neither of you!! I’m adding an LOL so you know I’m being light hearted!!
I do believe very strongly in the importance of a routine for dogs, because in my experience they are more relaxed, knowing what’s happening when. For example – if one day you ate breakfast at 7:00, then the next day at 10:30, you started work one day at 9:00, another day at 1:00 it becomes all a bit confusing, at least it would for me.
As soon as a new dog walks into my home, they’re on a schedule, and they quickly learn that routine. While I believe that’s a good thing, I don’t believe it should be so strictly adhered to that no amendments or deviations are allowed. That sounds obsessive, and frankly a bit scary.
My dogs eat and go for walks roughly the same times every day, but I’m flexible. Sometimes I wake up a bit earlier or later, I have an appointment, I get involved with my websites, I have to pick something up and I take a dog with me, we’re on a day trip…whatever. They still get their meals and exercise, but the times may change. That’s life.
If there are others in your household, why not set up a meeting and coordinate schedules to figure out the best times for feeding and walking. On the subject of walking – although I don’t know how old Arthur is, or whether or not there are mobility issues, I do know once a day is definitely not enough. Aim for three, but that’s another subject!