Having a routine is important to humans but having a routine is also important to pets.
Your pets need a routine to feel secure.
Just like humans pets rely on daily routines to help them stay balanced in their energy.
Routine is even more important to your pets because they learn through repetition.
Animals learn what to expect and when to expect it through their human’s daily schedule.
This means your pets depend on you for security.
I get to see this first hand every day during the week.
Lyla knows when her Grandpa Daddy is about to return home from work.
She will move from her pillow to the door, sit and wait until he arrives.
Pets need a routine for good behavior.
Sometimes an animal may act out when he or she feels their routine has been threatened.
Of course, you always want to make sure that bad behavior is not a condition of a medical issue first.
If you have eliminated health reasons for bad behavior you may want to assess what changed in the animals life as of late.
Often you will find that their schedule had changed.
Granted, we have a different schedule on the weekdays from the weekend.
Sometimes we may get off track for a day or two during the week.
However, if your schedule has changed consistently for a longer period of time, your pet could simply not be adjusting.
Animals rely on a routine for good health.
Regular exercise and time in nature are important to animals.
Even if your pet is like my Lyla, and can’t go on long walks, just getting fresh air is good for them.
Animals need to see other animals, even if they are anti-social and just want to bark and growl at them.
Just like humans, animals need vitamin D the sun provides.
Animals fur may block much of this necessary nutrient, just as our clothing does.
So we must be sure they are getting their fair share of sunshine.
Routine is good for everyone.
As you can see, pets are no different from us in this way.
How to help in advice if you know there will be a break in your pet’s routine.
If you are going on vacation, changing work shifts, or anything that you know will cause a change in your pet’s schedule you can prepare for this!
Start with puppy or kitten steps.
The week before the change, start shifting your pet’s feeding times slowly.
Adjust their medications schedule slowly as well if your pet is on medications.
If your pet will be staying with family, or at a border begin to introduce your pet to the new environment.
You can take your pet to the location they will be staying a few days the week before you leave.
Allow them to get used to the sights, sounds, and smells.
Bringing a towel, pillow, or other items from the family’s home, or boarders will also introduce the smells into your own home.
This can be comforting to your pet and make the transition easier.
Granted this may not be fail-proof, but worth the effort.
Let’s keep our pets happy and healthy with a good routine!
Thank you for reading.
Please comment below if you have any other ideas to share or let me know your favorite tip in this article.