I've been wanting to share a little more on my "dog parenting" style lately, and figured what better way to do that than a cute mini series! These will be fairly sporadic (you know me....), but I wanted to have a section where we could all talk about the ways we raise and guide our pups. Let's jump right in!
|Whatever you do, always make time to stop and smell the flowers!|
Today's topic is all about schedules. Some are diligent about feeding, walking, playing, ect at a specific time every day, while others are more of a "we'll get there...eventually" mentality. Neither approach is wrong, and you have to do what works best for your pets and your lifestyle!
Personally, I don't follow a schedule for my dogs. At all. My work time is all over, not to mention I'm too lazy to be strict about things, haha. Everyone gets what they need, it's just a matter of when. I will say that this is only once the dogs are reliably potty trained. Until then, the precision of their schedule would make any drill sergeant weep with envy.
They'll eat anywhere between 6am and 2pm. We walk sometime in the morning (usually, though lately it's just getting way too hot), and Nola and I walk at night. We play whenever the mood strikes, and the same goes for training. It's time to start winding down at about 8:30pm, though bedtime is anywhere from 10pm to 2am. As for potty breaks, it's after eating and right before bed without fail. Otherwise, I just watch the cues. Nola goes to the door and taps it to be let out, and if I don't hear here, she'll come find me and lead me over to the door. Quite convenient, let me tell you!
The biggest benefit of this, in my experience at least, is my dogs are able to go with the flow more. Not just in our home, but I firmly believe that this kind of life has helped Nola be able to do anything and take it in stride. They aren't stressed if certain times aren't met, because they aren't codependent on a certain expectations. This is incredible helpful when the time changes, too! People will always go on Facebook and bemoan that Fido is up an hour earlier begging for food, and Nola's over here with Que Sera Sera as her soundtrack.
|"Whatever will be, will be...the future's not ours to see...que sera sera!"|
What about you? How do you manage your pup's time?
- Dachshund Mommy