Do you or your dog have recognizable bedtime routines? The fact is, most of us do have at least one or more habits that make up a bedtime routine. Washing our faces, brushing our teeth and saying our prayers are the most common ones.

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Many people exercise, meditate, do yoga or read right before bedtime. It is said that we are all creatures of habit. If this is true, then we all repeat the same things every night before going to sleep. What are your bedtime routines? What about your fur baby?

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Bed time prayers are part of their bedtime routine

Mikey’s Bedtime Routine

Mikey is a very outgoing 11-year-old who hapens to have a fairly unique bedtime routine. It begins when Mikey hears his human “dad” tells him it is time for bed.

This is when the entertainment begins. Like many kids, Mikey does not go straight to bed as instructed. He takes off in a trot through the kitchen with “Dad” hot on his heels, encouraging Mikey to go to his room.

Mikey knows exactly where his bed is so why does he take such a circuitous route each night to get there? Do you think Mikey is playing games or is he just not tired and ready for bed?

Eventually, Mikey completes his laps throughout the house. When he gets to the bedroom, he darts under the bed and settles down for a good night’s sleep.

We may never know why Mikey behaves this way every night at bedtime. Many who have seen this video clip found it hilarious. They thought the running commentary even funnier. What do you think about this bedtime routine? How does it compare with your dog’s?

Not Just Bedtime Routines Are Important To Dogs

Most dogs do better when there is a schedule for them to follow. Eating, taking a walk, and play time are things that dogs seem to instinctively know when to do. When things get off schedule, many dogs get agitated.

Teaching your dog to remain calm and orderly when doing those things help him to enjoy a healthier and longer life. It also makes life easier for the rest of the family as well.

A Few Healthy Habits For Dogs

Playtime is vital for a dog’s mental and physical health and well-being. It helps them to release stress and tension. It also improves their cardiovascular health.

A minimum of 15-30 minutes a day of free play is a great habit to develop. However, they must learn to tell the difference between play and what is not. Unstructured play-time can get out of contol.

As puppies, it is easy for them to become destructive if they are left to their own devices too long. Most will destroy something valuable at some point when cutting their teeth. That is to be expected if chewable items are left out where they have easy access to them.

It is up to the humans in the family to teach them better. They also need to know what is considered a toy and what is not. Allowing them to chew on shoes, furniture or other valuable “non-toy” items sets them up to be destructive later in life.

Stop Your Dog’s Destructive Chewing

Taking A Walk

One of the first routines to come to mind is taking the dog for a walk. Not only does it serve the purpose of allowing the dog to relieve himself, it offers the opportunity for exercise, fun and bonding with his human.

During the walk, they may interact with other environments as well as other people and their dogs. This very basic activity contributes to a happier and healthier life.

Does Your Dog Have A Quirky Bedtime Routine?

Like humans, dogs are unique individuals with their own distinctive personalities. If your fur baby has an unusual bedtime routine, be sure to share it with us in the comment section.

If you find the video clip enjoyable, feel free to share it with your dog-loving friends.


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As Wife, Mother of 5, and Nana of many more, I have known and loved many dogs who were treasured members of our family. My education, experiences in showing, breeding, and developing pedigree-based breeding programs for others gives me a strong background upon which to base articles of interest to most dog lovers. However, it is my great love for dogs that gives me the passion to share them with other dog lovers.


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