A Day in the Life of a Dog
by Candiss DelCastillo
I am often asked by my clients, “What would a typical day look like for me and my dog?” We went so far as to even produce a cable TV show that would expound on the answer.
Since there are so many diverse lifestyles out there, I will lay out a basic outline for you to follow and you can tweak it to fit the one that suits you and your family.
1) Upon awaking, show little attention to your dog. Let him out to his designated potty area and then stumble off to yours.
2) Pull on some walking clothes and take Rover out for his first structured walk of the day for a minimum of 30 minutes. Family members can rotate in this event.
3) Upon returning from the walk, spend some time in behavior modification, obedience practice, agility course, and lot’s of affection. This is the time you will actually say your goodbye’s. I’ll explain why in a moment.
4) Feed him food event style.
5) Now he will be in a calm state of mind and ready to settle in for your absence . Get your own breakfast, prep for work or what ever your day calls for.
6) Leave the house quietly with few or no words to your dog. Remember, you already said your goodbyes during play time after the walk. (#3 above). The less fanfare you make about leaving, the less trouble he will have with it. This greatly reduces the potential for separation anxiety. Do not exude pity for him. Keep it positive.
7) Upon arrival back home, it’s a repeat of the morning #1-4 above.
8) Now the night is yours to do what you want or need. Enjoy your dog and your family members. In the enjoying, keep those rules, and agreed upon boundaries established for your dog.
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010