Below are our main tips to create an easy and healthy morning routine for your dog to live his best life.
- Take your dog out for a wee. Nothing better than releasing your needs after a long night sleep. This way you keep the carpet clean and your pooch can have another snooze while you get ready for the day. Nights can sometime be long, between the last walk of the evening and the first in the morning. In order to reduce accidents, especially at a young age it is important to take your dog out for a walk as soon as you get up. If you have a garden and can let the dog out that’s even nicer for you so you don’t have to gear up and beat the morning cold straight out of bed! It will reduce the stress of having accidents in the house and will allow you to get ready without worrying about your dog.
- Give your dog a mini facial groom. Clean under eyes with a warm cotton pad or eye cleaning wet towel. Dogs require regular eye checks and daily cleaning. A regular routine flushing your dog’s eyes is excellent in preventing irritation, keeping the eyes clean and reducing the risk of infection especially if your dog is exposed to dirt, dust or water.
- Brush. Brush. Brush. Implementing a habit takes time and commitment. Just like you would brush your hair every morning take 5 min to brush your dog’s! Use a conditioner spray to humidify the coat and use your regular brush to get the task done. There are many benefits to brushing your dog’s coat everyday. It will not only help distribute their natural oils leaving a shiny & healthy coat, it also reduces shedding. Your pup will look gorgeous straight from the start of the day.
- Feed your pup, a nice healthy meal in the morning (and keep a portion for the evening). Feeding your puppy only once a day can weight down their digestive system by too much food at one time and they won’t be able to process the food as efficiently. Feeding half the amount in two controlled portions will help your dog live a more balanced and healthier life..
- Kiss & hug your dog. Don’t forget to show your dog how much you love them and value their company. Spend some time playing with your dog, maybe taking them for a longer walk or just spending some quality time in the house with them.
The earlier you can start implementing a morning routine for your dog dog the sooner you’ll see improvement in their behaviour. Dogs need routines to feel calm and settled. Dogs are creatures of habits, therefore their behaviour is a reflection on how happy they are in their environment. Dogs thrive on routines and a routine will let your dog know what to expect each day and when to expect it.
Sometimes life happens and you need to make changes to your and their routine and that’s ok. Whether it’s the time you take your dog out in the morning, the food, your working hours… try to introduce new routines as gradually as possible. Keep your behaviour and the way you respond to them consistent so they can keep respecting you and have faith in you as their owner and loyal companion.