Is Nap Time Really Necessary For Your Dog?
by Angie Ade http://www.doggiesade.com
In my experience, I have to say yes and a little down time is good for everyone(dog and human). Since one of my clients own's a deaf dog "we" have learned together that dogs typically don't get enough rest... She had developed a schedule and now I go by it too, with my other dogs. I typically don't start my day out of home until 12pm so nap time works out great because I'm usually gone no longer than 4hrs out of the home. It makes for a calmer dog as long as the dog has exercise, play, food and some love , Definitely naps never hurt and can benefit you and your dog in so many ways. Nap time puts your dog on a regular scheduled and dogs should be on a schedule, they need to always know what they are doing next just like a 2yr old child. So what happens when a child is off it's scheduled Well, I know that answer because I raised two of them and let me tell you it isn't a good day : ( A lot of bickering, whiny, crying and acting out, correct? Same with a dog, if it doesn't have a schedule then typically you get a misbehaved dog, going potty in the house, tearing things up, barking a lot , fighting and so forth. So here is a little schedule that maybe you can follow and see how your dog is , Good luck and if any help is needed just write a email and let me know what I can do for you ....I wish you and your dog the best : )
For nap put dog in crate and cover or small comfortable quiet space where they can feel secure to deep sleep. If dog can have a treat, treat them upon leaving, they will get this is a good thing and will be more willing then not to go nap.
6-7 am quick walk about 15 min for potty then eats
10 am 15 min potty walk, play, train
12pm 1/2 hr walk , then put down for nap
4pm 1/2 hr walk, dinner
of course you play, train or whatever you want during these next hours till 9pm : )
9pm 15-20 min potty walk, to bed
You don't have to be perfect on this schedule , work it around your time 5 walks a day 3 short 2 long and don't forget the nap in between .