My days are busy.
The other morning – as I was closing the drapes so Flash would let me work (otherwise, mucho barking) – I realized how much time he takes in my day.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a dog who demands so much from me. Lovey, my Sheltie before Flash, had been sick for a long time with cancer. I think I expected my next dog to emulate her quiet behavior.
Shelties need three things to be happy dogs:
1. Lots of attention
2. Mental stimulation
I’m trying to be a good doggy mom. Here’s our daily schedule:
In the morning, before his breakfast, I dish up Flash’s kibble in six little bags and one small bowl. He goes through his tricks: sit, stay, roll over, beg, high five, up high, round and round, down, and shake. My latest acquisition is a set of traffic cones and a big pointer. Flash is being trained on moving through an obstacle course. After training, he gets the small bowl of kibble. (I empty a bag into his plastic egg (each bag is 1/4 cup) and use one bag each time he’s on the treadmill. He gets a total of 2 cups of diet food a day).
8:00 – Plastic egg play.
8:15 – Belly rub
8:20 – Second plastic egg
10:00 – Outside and vitamin
10:10 – Exercise – treadmill for 30 minutes
12:00 – Joint medication, lettuce treat
2:00 – Exercise – treadmill for 30 minutes
3:30 – Outside
5:00 – Playing with his toys, lure pole
5:30 – Teeth brushing, brushing and spraying coat
6:00 – Plastic eggs with kibble
6:15 – Praise and appreciation – belly rub mandatory
Flash the Wonder Pooch is often out like a light by 7:30 PM, but wakes at the sound of a plastic bag or to go outside before bed.
The above schedule is pretty much set in stone. Like any dog, Flash likes routine. When things don’t go the way they should, he gets antsy. Saturdays, for example, when laundry and cleaning take the place of work, he’s all discombobulated.
Any spare time on this schedule is when I’m working.