Most humans are creatures of habit, and building a routine for your dog is mutually beneficial. Pleasant routines prevent anxiety in dogs, re-enforcing the fact that there is security, logic and order in their life with you.
- Give your dog his meals at specific times…most vets recommend feeding twice a day. This routine will help keep your dog healthy, and also make it easier for you to determine when your dog will need bathroom breaks. Dogs need free access to fresh clean water at all times.
- Take your dog out for potty breaks at approximately the same times each day. When and how much your dog eats affects what comes out….,let your dog out after meals, after walks, after excessive play, when he wakes up in the morning, and before turning in for the night. House training problems are usually caused by inconsistency.
- Dogs need exercise every day, no matter how busy you are, or what the weather is. Play with him indoors if necessary by running around, playing hide and seek, or tossing a ball for him to retrieve. Without sufficient exercise, dogs will become restless and exhibit inappropriate behavior.
- All dogs need to be bathed regularly….how often depends on the skin characteristics, breed, and sometimes age. After each bath, brush thoroughly, but gently. Don’t use human shampoo….get a shampoo especially formulated for dogs.
- Dogs are social creatures who enjoy interaction with both humans and other dogs. Make an effort to schedule play dates with other dogs. A Doggie Day Care Center can be a great place, or it can be a nightmare….Visit several times before you entrust your dog to the care of someone else.
- Routine veterinary care for vaccinations, parasite control, and dental care are needed to keep your dog healthy. Adult dogs should have a complete vet exam at least once a year; puppies need monthly visits until they are at least 4 months old, and geriatric dogs should see their vet at least twice a year. Because a caregiver is more familiar with a dog than anyone else, you should routinely watch for subtle signs of illness,.
- There are many routinely used household products that are hazardous, including chemicals, pesticides, cleaning supplies, antifreeze, electrical cords , drugs, alcohol, and poisonous plants. Elements of house design, such as steep stairs, slippery floors, or open windows also pose potential dangers and should be corrected as much as possible.
- With today’s hectic lifestyle, many dogs spend extended periods of time alone, so it is important that she be exercised before being left. Crates were a great invention, but they were really not intended for all-day confinement. If possible, keep her in a bathroom, or porch where there is an open area with room to move around. Provide a cozy environment with blankets and favorite toys. A stuffed Kong can occupy most dogs for several hours!
A PUPPY’S ROUTINE:
This morning, I woke up and kissed my dad’s head; I peed on the carpet, then went back to bed.
I’m sure God loves me…I know it’s true, cause he gave me so many great things to chew.
Rugs, plants, or rocks…I really don’t care…what I truly like best is Mom’s underwear.
That obedience book was sort of yummy, but it didn’t set well on my poor puppy tummy.
My daily routine includes much to do…I bark at the mail man; I bark at the wind. I race through the house and scatter my toys. When the day ends, I get in my spot, between Mom and Dad and think ‘bout my day and what fun I had.
Mama gives me a kiss and snuggles me tight. She whispers so softly, “My darling, goodnight,” and I know for sure life is all right.