Dogs are like children. They love routines. If you want a happy dog, you must have a routine, or schedule, in place. Of course, creating that schedule can be tricky, especially if no two days look the same in your household. While we cannot tell you what type of schedule will look best for you and your dog, we can share a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. So, if you have been trying to find a schedule for your dog and you, check out these ideas. You may be surprised to see that you already have a partial schedule in place for your household! 

9 Ideas to Help Create the Perfect Schedule for You and Your Dog

1 Mealtimes

Your dog needs specific mealtimes throughout the day like you do. You must choose one time during the day to feed your dog. We recommend choosing either your breakfast, lunch, or dinner time. This will ensure you feed your dog at the same time each day. As a bonus, your dog will be so busy eating their food, they won’t have time to beg you for yours! 

Obviously, if you have a puppy, or a larger dog, they will need to eat more than once a day. Simply add that extra feeding into your schedule. 

2 Walks 

It is best to schedule walks for the same time each day. This gives your dog a routine and allows them to know when their next walk is coming. Early morning is usually an excellent time for the first walk. It gives you a chance to get some exercise with your dog before the busyness of the day sets in. You may also find it relaxing to walk your dog again when you get home at the end of the day. 

If you cannot walk your dog during the day, and you have a really active dog, you may want to hire a dog walker to do it for you. Trust us when we say your dog will thank you for it! 

3 Training Time

Even if your dog is older, they can benefit from some training time. Choose a time during the day to work on skills they know and even add a few new ones if your dog is willing to learn. All the training will create better communication between the two of you. 

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4 Stimulating Playtime

You may not be home all day long, but that doesn’t mean your dog can’t stick to a schedule. We recommend purchasing a few toys that will stimulate your dog’s brain. A puzzle treat box can offer stimulation and rewards of treats at the same time. There are also digging toys you can hide treats inside for your dog to dig up and discover. The possibilities are endless when it comes to keeping your dog engaged when you are not home. 

5 Time for the Dog Park

If you love to go to the dog park, we recommend trying to go at the same time each day. This will allow you and your dog to get to know the other people and dogs at the park. Once you find the regulars, you will have someone to talk to, while your dog has someone to play with. 

6 Playtime

When you arrive home after being out for a while, your dog is going to be so happy to see you. This is the time to spend a few minutes petting them and playing with them. Incorporate this into your routine, so your dog knows every time you come home, they get some playtime. This play session should last at least fifteen minutes, so your dog can get tired out a little and you can then get a few minutes of rest. 

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7 Alone Time

All dogs need a little alone time, even when you are home. You should never banish your dog to a room on the other side of the house. But you should have a set time every day where you both just chill out. This alone time will teach your dog they are fine every time you leave the house. 

8 Bathroom Breaks

Okay, so your dog may need to go outside at a time where there is no scheduled bathroom break. However, that is not a reason to not have a partial schedule of when they should go outside. We recommend letting your dog out first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed at night. You can even let them out after every meal. After long naps and play sessions are also good times for a dog to be let outside. Basically, keeping a consistent bathroom schedule will prevent accidents from happening inside the house. 

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9 Bedtime

Your dog is like a child and they need to know when bedtime is. Creating a bedtime routine is the best way for your dog to learn they must wind down for the night. There are multiple bedtime routines to choose from, so you can easily create one that works best for you and your dog. We recommend starting with a walk and time outside, before coming in for one last treat and petting session. 

If your dog sleeps in a crate, your last thing to do for the night should be to put them inside before heading to bed yourself. 

These are nine ideas you can use to create a schedule for you and your dog. Basically, keeping things consistent in your house will keep your dog happy. Plus, you will both know what to expect from each other every day. Obviously, you can’t have too rigid of a schedule, because your days are never the same. However, simple schedules that allow you to walk your dog at certain times of the day and have playtime as soon as you get back home are easy to follow. So, start with a basic schedule for now and build upon it as you can. 

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