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How To Establish Routine For Small Breed Dogs

Updated: Feb 22

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Our usual daily rhythm has taken a playful twist!

As we gear up for a return to regular routines, let's not forget that our small breed dogs might also need some guidance to get back into their groove.

Here are some pointers to help you and your little lovely settle back into your term time routine.

Familiarising with Alone Time

Our dogs have grown accustomed to our constant presence. Suddenly leaving them alone could trigger separation anxiety.

Ease them into this transition by spending brief periods apart, even if you're in different rooms.

Practicing short outings can help them become familiar with the process of you leaving and returning.

Mealtimes on Track

Just like us, dogs relish the anticipation of mealtime!

Their internal clocks often synchronise with feeding times. Align their dog food meals with the new routine to provide a sense of consistency.

Physical and Mental Stimulation

Ensuring your small breed dog is well-exercised and mentally engaged can make adjusting to the altered routine smoother.

When you're away, offer them an entertaining enrichment toy activity, such as a stuffed Kong or a snuffle mat.

During warmer weather, a frozen Kong can provide prolonged enjoyment.

Creating a Cosy Haven

Allocate a comfortable spot in your home where your dog can retreat to for a sense of security while you're out.

Leaving an item with your scent on it can make them feel more at ease during your absence.

Playing the radio softly can also help them acclimate to a quieter environment over time. Incorporating these strategies can help your four-legged friend ease into the changing routine with less stress and more comfort.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider.

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Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.


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