(06-20-2017, 07:42 PM)Gideon Wrote: The absolute only thing that happens in my house on a schedule is feeding chores for the farm animals, and even that one has some variations in it now that I no longer have horses.

Most days we go for a walk after the news is over, so the dogs have learned that the Jeopardy theme song is followed by us getting up and getting ready for a walk.  They don't get to tell us to take them for a walk at other times or change our plans in any other way.  If for some reason we don't go for a walk at the regular time, they are just fine about it, in fact tonight we put off walking by an hour.  They have just learned our cues and routines so well they know when we are getting ready to do something, like me turning off the computer before I go fix food.  They don't come tell me to get off the computer, but if I forget the time, Micah will come put his head on my lap and remind me.  If I'm in the middle of something, I tell him to go lie down until I'm ready.  But if I put him off too long, I'll be feeding at midnight, since I feed just before bed anyway.  And since I have to get up in the morning, it would be pretty irresponsible of me to stay up til 3 in the morning, so it's just as well that he makes me aware of the time.

Pretty similar for us, feeding and my partners usual rising and bedtime are the only things that happen at much the same time everyday. I have actually been quite mindful not to play, walk or train at the same times everyday. I accidentally created a problem for myself with my last shepherd because the first thing we did every morning was walk while it was still cool. He would become so anxious with anticipation on days that it didn't happen and start pacing. Took a while to rectify but we got there.
It sounds like we all have some kind of loose schedule in place when it comes to our dogs. 

Monday thorugh Friday ours is more ridgid because of work but the weekends are much different. When we are out the dogs don't stop mid hike and want to go back home to eat. Our bedtimes are different on weekends too and the dogs are fine with that. On occasion Obi will go off to bed on his own. 

My life works well on a schedule and I'd like to think my dogs like it as well. Now if we could only drop the time change in the spring and fall life would be great.  Big Grin I don't like the winter hours.

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Well, I guess I am lucky because my owners are (1) retired, so they have plenty of time to be with me, play with me, and otherwise engage me, and (2) they are both willing to please me as much as I am willing to please them Heart  .

The basic schedule is Meal Time (one of my Very Favorite Times!) and we (OK, I am the one who is pretty insistent, but they are fine with it) have settled on 6:45 a.m. breakfast, 11:45 a.m. lunch, and 4:45 p.m. dinner (they eat an hour or so later). Sometimes I try to push the envelope a little, you know, going over to the master and giving him "the look" 5 minutes early, but he is inflexible on that, tells me to "wait 5 minutes Sunny" and that's that <sigh>.

No special time for outdoor play or walks, except when it is not too hot - maybe 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. After Florida Summer is over, we can do more I am sure.

Usually about 1:30 p.m. it is Nap Time - me in my crate, and my master on a couch (he does love his afternoon nap). I am always ready to get up before he is Big Grin .

Bedtime is 7:30 p.m. - I am not quite ready then, but into my crate I obediently go, and one of my owners will lay down on the floor next to me and say soothing things until I nod off - usually takes me only a few minutes, after all, I have been a Busy Girl all day. Main reason I go then is my owners are worn out from all day with me and they need to unwind by themselves for an hour or so before they go to bed. (We are early to bed and early to rise at my house.)

Oh, also, we have Cocktail Hour at 4 p.m. every day - martini for the man, wine for the woman, and Ice Cubes (Yay!) for me.

None of us are looking forward to the end of Daylight Saving Time, as it will mess with the clocks and our schedule Sad .

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