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What A Dog Wants (Not The Movie! 😂)

Establishing a routine is absolutely recommended as critical to successful training and having a well-behaved dog. Wondering what a typical routine looks like? An example of a daily schedule and what to expect if you’re going to be a dog parent will be explained int his article. ☺️

Eat, Sleep, Play, Live!

  • Play – Dogs like to play! You can help your pet be its happiest both mentally and physically by providing plenty of stimulation. This can be in the form of toys, a companion to play with, or plenty of walks and playtime with you.

  • Sleep – There are sleep requirement differences among the various breeds, but generally dogs like to sleep approximately 16 to 18 hours a day. Dogs sleep more than people but wake much more frequently. How much and when they sleep depends on the level of activity in their environment.

  • Water – Dogs like to have free access to fresh clean water at all times. Make sure your dogs' bowl of water is always fresh. Change the water every after drinking and wash out the bowl.

  • Food – Generally, dogs like to eat once or twice a day. They appreciate the opportunity to eat every day. Smaller breeds often like to be fed more often than larger breed dogs. Young puppies need to be fed more frequently than adult dogs. 👉🏻 Golden rule: Puppies need higher protein content in their meals than adult dogs.

  • Opportunities to Eliminate – Adult dogs like opportunities to urinate and defecate at least every 6 hours. It might be less for some dogs. Although some dogs can hold their urine a long time, if they had their choice, they would still like the opportunity to “go out” every 4 to 6 hours.


Dogs like to go to the toilet as soon as they wake up, so make sure that you go outside with him as soon as you come downstairs. After relieving himself, time to eat! Change the water to make sure the bowl is full and fresh.

9:00 AM

About half an hour after your dog has finished eating, take him outside for a brisk walk and another opportunity to go to the toilet. Typically dogs like to go to the toilet between 10 and 30 minutes after they have eaten.

10:00 AM

If you crate your dog while you’re at work (which is totally normal and not something you should feel bad about) now is the time to put him in the crate. Otherwise, this is the time to give him some toys and make sure he’s where he’s supposed to be while you’re at work. More than likely, this will just be nap time to your dog if he’s home alone.

4:00 PM

As soon as your return home from work, offer your dog a fresh, clean bowl of water and make sure that you take your dog outside to relieve himself. Encourage your dog to use some energy by introducing some play (and training if you have enough time), or a dog walk and then invite him back inside to calm down and rest.

6:00-7:00 PM

Now is the best time to give your puppy or older dog his evening meal. Shortly after he has finished eating, take him outside to potty, then cleanup for that evening cuddle!

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