It’s a universal truth that dogs love to eat, sleep and play. Often in the hustle and bustle of normal life, it can become a tricky balancing act to fit all of these things into each day.
As a vast number of us settle into our new routine of working from home, it’s the perfect opportunity to create a new schedule that allows us to spend more quality time with our beloved pooches. Dogs are lovers of routine too, so a good routine can mean a happier dog. The below is not designed to be a strict schedule but offers some suggestions you may wish to include.
7am – 7:30am
- Go for a quick walk and give your dog the opportunity to do its ‘business’.
- If you have some extra time to stop and play at a dog park,) a game of fetch or even an on leash game that will get your dog moving will be a great way to burn some energy and get their heart rate up
7:30am – 8:00am
- Nourish your dog with food and put fresh water in his (or her) bowl
8:00am – 9:00am
- Give your dog another chance to go to the toilet after its morning feed
9:00am – 12:00pm
- Chances are your dog is tired after all of the mornings’ physical activity, this is a great time for your dog to take a nap
- If they still has some energy he may follow you around the house as you do your housework or start your workday
12:00pm – 1:00pm
- Spend some more quality time with them, just talking and petting. Include another interactive play session if you have time
1:00pm – 5:00pm.
- Rest time. Your dog may nap during this time or just lay by your legs as you work
5:00pm – 7:30pm
- Dinner time
- Change the water in your dogs’ bowl
- Go for another walk (they will love you for that)
- If not a walk play a longer game of fetch or allow your dog to do ‘zoomies’ to burn off all of that pent-up energy
7:30pm – 10:00pm
- Wind-down time – dogs love to wind down just as we do
- This is the perfect opportunity to groom your dog, brush their teeth once in a while,
- Enjoy some solid couch time in front of the TV or with a book
- Some owners like put on a jacket on their greyhound to keep them warm through the night if they are outside or in a cold room
Before you head off to bed, if your dog sleeps inside, ensure you give your pooch one last opportunity to do their business before retiring for the night.