16th July 2008, 03:30 AM
okay, so the vet called today to check on noodles and hurley, who are both doing soooo much better today (esp. since my sister and her family left ;)). i thought that was nice of him. he also wanted to know if they were on any sort of schedule. so i told him what a typical day was like for us here, and he recommended getting the puppies on a stricter schedule. playtime, feedings, potty time, nap time, bed time, walks, etc. anyone do this with your dogs? he didn't really say when anything should be, or any guidelines on how often to do each of these things. the dogs have kind of fallen into their own routine. they wake up about 5 am to go out and potty, and then go back to sleep. at about 8 or 8:30 am, they eat and then go out to walk about a bit and potty again. they take a nap usually when we come back in and then come out to play about 11 am and lunch after that, and then outside again for a short walk and potty. then they nap for the longest time and it's dinner, walk, potty, playtime, bed time. he said that he thought the dogs showing signs of stress could mean that they are just anxious dogs and no wonder seeing as how we're the fourth owners. he said anxious dogs would do well on a schedule, so there is little to stress them out. i get that. i just don't know how to map one out, i guess. any ideas??