What time does it take to get up for a walk with a dog? Do I have to get up at 6 in the morning?
Some do not dare to start a dog, having heard enough of “horror movies” that every day, in winter and in summer, they will have to get up at 5-6 in the morning to walk their pet. Is this true and what time does one need to get up for a walk with a dog?
When do dogs wake up?
Of course, one must keep in mind that dogs are predatory animals, which, like most predators, are most active at sunrise and sunset. However, does this mean that in the summer you will have to get up for a walk with the dog at 4 o’clock? Not at all necessary.
Dogs over many centuries of life next to a person have learned to adapt to their lifestyle and adopt the habits of their beloved owner. So it’s quite possible to accustom your dog to that rhythm and daily routine that you are used to. That is, if you want to teach your dog that the morning walk will be at 10 o’clock, you can do it.
However, it is still worth considering that the dog's daily regimen should be more or less constant. You need to feed the puppy before the walk, and the adult dog after the walk. And do not take a break between walking for more than 12 hours (for an adult dog), even if it seems to you that she is ready to endure. Therefore, if you want to sleep longer in the morning, evening walk should also be later.
How to train a dog not to wake the owner at dawn?
What if the dog wakes you up at 5 in the morning, and you would like to sleep at least until 7 o’clock? You can gradually accustom her to a new routine.
Remember the time at which the dog usually wakes you up.If this is 5 hours, then on the first day, set the alarm even earlier (for example, at 4:30), get up and do all the usual morning activities, including walking the dog. On the second day, you set the alarm at 4:45 (that is, also a little earlier than the dog used to wake you). And every day you gradually shift the rise time, but it is important that you get up on the alarm clock and do not rearrange it “for another five minutes” in the morning after it rings.
Gradually, you can bring the time of awakening to the cherished 7 hours - the dog will wait for the alarm to ring. And then for at least another two weeks you need to get up on the alarm clock exactly at this time. Then you can stop setting the alarm or set at a time that is convenient for you.
If the dog does not sleep well at night and can’t change at all, but at the same time you know that she is healthy, she probably can’t cope with a high level of excitement. In this case, you need to work with the condition of the dog: use the relaxation protocol, and also make the pet more orderly, develop dog-friendly rituals that add predictability.