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Is this an appropriate Dog Schedule?

Is this an appropriate Dog Schedule? Topic: Case schedule
July 17, 2019 / By Becci
Question: Can someone tell me if this is an appropriate schedule for a dog that is 11 months old? I'm trying to make a strict schedule for her so that she can have a routine she can adjust to. This is the schedule I have come up with so far. I do not work so I am home 24/7 but I'd like to know if I'm taking her out too often, not enough, or waiting to many hours inbetween. Here is the schedule. 8:00am - Potty 8:30am - Breakfast 9:00am - Half Hour Walk 3:00pm - Potty 8:00pm - Dinner 8:30pm - Half Hour Walk 12:00pm - Walk Thanks so much for your help. Luckydog: She has classes every Saturday & Sunday an hour long each to show me how to train her and she does to the dot park Monday, Wednesday, & Friday for 2 hours from 11:30am-12:30pm. She also has frequent play dates with other dogs in my apartment complex. She is a border collie so constant work is something she loves. She gets training every day in 10 minute intervals periodically throughout the day. Oh and as for the half hour walk its actually a run so it does burn enough energy to keep her calm and mellow throughout the day. Also I meant 12am (Midnight) not 12pm (Noon)
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Adene Adene | 8 days ago
Depends on the breed (s) of dog...and if your dog has a high energy level and/or a desire to work, herd, scent or whatever. This is similar to my schedule when I am working (2 days). On days that I am off I do a 1pm and a 4 pm..dinner at 6 and looonnnngg walk at 8:30. My guy is not so high energy but as part Bassett he has incredible endurance and can walk forever! What I do not see is an exercise or training period. You may or may not be doing that, but if not I highly recommend both as part of your dog's day. Depending on breed or energy level a 45 minute play/exercise once a day would be a good idea. (NO, not 45 minutes straight necessarily, more like playing chuckit with a few rests as your dog seems to need it). Or teach him how to jog next to your bike, fun nose work...something you can interact with. You will both enjoy the play and he will love the exercise and the mental challenge. Also, whether or not you have done obedience training...you should always include 15 minutes a day of going over commands with him. Sit stay down come off leaveit and watchme. I would definitely include that in a daily schedule. ****In that case, it sounds like a GREAT schedule! I have been doing obedience for 3 years, social skills e very weekend...and have dabbled in Treibball and fun nose work (which another Yahoo turned us onto). Treibball for your dog would be amazing!! It was invented to give herding dogs those herding skills and challenges that they need. Yes, I have a Bassett mix who doesn't feel the need to herd..so we just concentrate on getting the commands correctly, not the speed. Very important to enjoy your dog, and let him enjoy his life! Good for you, and many happy years to come!
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Adene Originally Answered: I work freelance. I make my own schedule. My SAHM wife is cutting into this schedule with "emergencies"?
None of those things sound like 'emergencies' to me. I mean, if you worked in an office, your boss wouldn't let you take time off every time your kids had to be taken to a party. And it doesn't take two parents to take a child to the doctor. There are some things that yes, you should drop everything for - for instance, if your kids needed to go to hospital or if your wife was ill herself and the kids needed looking after while she was sick. An 'emergency errand' to me would be something like having to go and get a prescription for a sick child, or taking your car in for an essential, unforeseen repair. Since those things just don't happen to most people very often, I can only assume that your wife's idea of what is an 'emergency' is very different from mine. I know it sounds drastic, but if you've been trying to get through to her for three years without success, then is it feasible for you to start working from an office away from home? Or would renting an office be financially difficult? Let's face it, in homes where there are two parents with jobs, people manage to juggle their kids' medical appointments, errands etc around their jobs. I don't even have any kids, but if I need to see the doctor, I almost always book an 8am appointment so I can make the appointment before work. And 'emergency errands'? One of us takes time off. Not both. If you have huge deadlines, and she's going to keep interrupting you during the day, then she needs to understand that you'll have to make up that time in the evenings.
Adene Originally Answered: I work freelance. I make my own schedule. My SAHM wife is cutting into this schedule with "emergencies"?
If it's unexpected doctor appointments, school related conferences, and/or birthday parties or special celebrations, you SHOULD be there. Any other routine stuff, she needs to learn to do on her own. My husband ran his own business for 5 years and now he's in the military (they come first). As a SAHM a majority of the time and a homeschooler I LOVE the extra help with him just being there when he's not on deployment. She may need a confidence boost (compliment her and buy her little trinkets like flowers or chocolates and tell her how much you love appreciate her), may need a refresher without ANY kids around (THE BIGGEST FOR ME!) so give her about an hour a day to go do something for her like reading, shopping, etc. Tell her that you are supporting the family and if you have no job you can't bring in the money to support the family. You can also try saying that if she respects your hours from 9 - 5 that on Fridays you can take a couple of hours off early. Another thing you can try that worked for our family is to eat ALL meals with the family. Have breakfast with them at 7 or 7:30, start work at 8 am (do paperwork & prep before 9), have lunch at 11:30 or 12:00 and supper with them. You can also ask your wife to bring you a coffee for 10:30 and again at 2:30 for a coffee break of 15 minutes (you do deserve a break) and it will give her some attention she may be craving from you.
Adene Originally Answered: I work freelance. I make my own schedule. My SAHM wife is cutting into this schedule with "emergencies"?
Here is the only solution I can offer ...... quit answering the phone and tell her this is what supports our family and you keep dragging me away from it so that is effecting my overall net worth. Tell her point blank if I worked in a facility you wouldn't think it was okay for me to drop everything and come running because you barked so why can't you accept the fact that I am working and not available for every little thing you think I should be? Lets create a calendar on google and you put in all upcoming events, appointments, etc and I will then choose the activities I feel I am available for. You are no longer to call me unless there is a true emergency and let me define what constitutes an emergency for you and literally do it. And when she makes appointments or what have you without first asking if you are available as she would have to if you worked for someone else then send the message loud and clear by not going. Good luck!

Temani Temani
That looks pretty good. Dogs need routine. All of my dogs are on a schedule. They are adults now, but the schedule has been there since they were puppies. I usually take my dogs out at 6:30am to use the bathroom. You may want to take your pup out sooner than 8am.
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Temani Originally Answered: I need some help with my schedule?
You have a full schedule! 7:00 - 7:15 Wake up, get dressed, brush teeth, etc. 7:15 - 7:30 Eat breakfast (It is recommended to eat within 30 mins. of waking) 7:30 - 12:00 Homeschooling 12:00 - 12:15 Lunch 12:15 - 1:15 Take a walk with your dog (This is a good time to be in the sun & get your vitamin D & combine activities) 1:15 - 2:15 Do your chores 2:15 - 2:55 Use computer 2:55 - 3:00 Snack 3:00 - 4:00 Watch your educational stuff on tv 4:00 - 5:00 Complete your homework 5:00 - 5:30 Yoga 5:30 - 5:45 Grab another snack 5:45 - 6:30 Shower, relax 6:30 - 7:15 Hobby (art stuff) 7:15 - 8:00 Reading 8:00 - 9:00 Do what you can to contribute to dinner being served earlier & spend time with your family. 9:00 - 9:30 Dinner 9:30 - 10:00 Read your Bible 10:00 Brush your teeth & get ready for bed : )
Temani Originally Answered: I need some help with my schedule?
I think you need to extend your reading time. 45 minutes of reading to an hour of TV and 40 minutes of computing isn't balanced.

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