Routines and Dogs #sol14

There are certain routines we follow in our house.  Most of them are self-imposed by the humans.  But a few?  Those were decided by the suspects below:

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Sure, they look sweet and innocent.  “But they can’t talk!  And they aren’t as smart as humans!” you might be thinking.  If that’s the case, you probably aren’t a dog owner.  Because these two have the humans of the house completely trained.

See, we feed the dogs dinner around 6:30pm.  Usually, though, it’s just that- around 6:30pm.  It’s convenient for us because the dogs are otherwise occupied while we are eating.  But our dinnertime varies depending on when I get home, when Chris gets home, and what I’m making for dinner.  But Dublin knows when it’s 6:30pm.  And as soon as the clock hits 6:31pm he is standing in front of me, barking.  He will even herd Chris or me into the room where the dog food is kept, as if he is reminding us that we have to feed him and Bailey.

“Feed me, human!  You are one minute late!”

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hBut that’s not the only nightly routine the dogs have decided.  Chris and I walk the dogs every night after dinner.  It settles the dogs down for the night and gets us another nice walk.  The time varies but we rarely miss the evening walk.  The dogs don’t remind us about this very often, though Dublin or Bailey will sometimes let us know they need to go out to the bathroom. This one is a human routine.

After the walk it’s usually time to relax.  I freeze Kongs for the dogs to have a few nights each week (smart dogs need to work for their food so they get tired!) and we supplement with bully sticks and other chews.  At some point, both of them realized that the night went like this: dinner, nap, walk, TREATANDCHEWYTIME!

Now?

As soon as we walk back in from our walk, the dogs herd me towards the closet or the freezer.  They want their treats!  And if Chris or I dare to take a moment to take off our shoes?  Oh no.  Not happening.  We get herded into the kitchen!

Like clockwork, the routine happened tonight.  The dogs have had their bully sticks and are now napping, content on the couch.  Saturday night they didn’t  get a treat, because I am trying to teach them that there is no routine (so they stop bossing us around and expecting a treat every night).  But tonight? They got their frozen Kongs and they are satisfied.

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