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Why Your Dog Needs a Schedule

Friday, January 25, 2013
Why Your Dog Needs a Schedule

Humans operate on a schedule. We have a normal time to go to bed, to get up in the morning, when to eat, and on and on. While many pet owners might not know this, it is the same for your dogs. They thrive on a routine and any disruption in this routine is likely to be upsetting to the dog. Why set a schedule for your dog? For the very same reasons we function normally with a set schedule—a sense of a known routine. A good schedule for most dogs is discussed below.

Why set a schedule for your dog

  1. Fresh water should be provided every morning and evening with their food. For your dog’s healthy digestive operation, feed them in the morning and evening at the same time every day.

  2. Sleep time for a dog is normally 14-18 hours a day with this being broken up into several “naps” because dogs have the ability to enter into the REM cycle of sleep quickly. This is the period of time during sleep when the body gets the deep, regenerating sleep vital to feeling refreshed upon waking. You will know your dog is in the REM cycle when you see them appear to be running or barking. For dogs who sleep more than 16 hours a day this is a good indication he or she is either incredibly lazy or needs a trip to your vet.

  3. Set an activity or play time for your dog. Try to block at least 15 to 30 minutes at least a couple times a day for this routine. Dogs need plenty of exercise and stimulation for their well-being plus it is a great time to train the dog, bond with them, and you also reap the benefits of this physical activity. It helps keep your dog lean and strong. If your schedule does not allow for this have a family member or friend walk the dog at the scheduled times. As described by Dr. Debra Primovic, in the "Ideal Dog Schedule" article on PetPlace.com.

  4. For puppies you are going to need to a lot more training time for housebreaking with feeding, water, and more frequent outside trips. Older dogs will require more sleep, less food, shorter exercise times and, normally, more fresh water.

  5. So why set a schedule for your dog? The sound reasons prove this is the way to a healthier, happier dog when both of you have a schedule to live by.

Do you have your dog on a schedule? Does it seem to work well for you and the dog? Please share with us at http://www.facebook.com/Cesar and http://www.facebook.com/DogingtonPost

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