When it comes to keeping up a routine, having a schedule can be important. But does the same apply for dogs? Can having their own schedule and a routine help our pups?
According to Zoom Room‘s Liz Claflin, the answer is pretty much a yes. Routines are actually a good thing for dogs.
Considering Claflin is known for working with dogs and the people who love them, we already know that in many ways, she is an expert on dog behavior. So what did she have to say about our dogs having their own schedule? And what exactly are the benefits of dogs having a routine of their own.
What are the benefits of having a schedule for our dogs?
It just makes sense that dogs would actually appreciate having a consistent routine because they are considered to be “creatures of habit.” It makes them feel secure when things stay the same. And in general, major changes can cause stress, especially as a dog gets older.
But what exactly are the benefits of having a schedule or routine when it comes to our dogs?
According to Liz Claflin,
"For puppies, having a schedule is critical for quickly and efficiently house training them to go to the bathroom outside or on a pee pad. A routine for eating, playing, sleeping, crate time and going outside helps any bladder develop and helps to form good habits.For all dogs, routines foster a calm, controlled environment, which, in turn, keeps stress low. Change is the cause of much stress, so keeping things consistent is smart.For senior dogs, consistency and routines become more critical. As we humans age, change becomes harder to cope with and routines make life easier. The same is very true for dogs. A younger dog might tolerate lots of travel quite well, but an older dog most likely will not."
Basically, dogs need routine at all ages of their life. Much like humans, having a schedule keeps dogs on track and helps them to feel secure in their homes and in their place in our lives.
We want to know what you think of this. Does your dog have a routine? Did you know that they needed to have a schedule to help reduce their stress levels and keep them feeling secure? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.