Sammy and I learned early on that puppies need patterns. They have to be on a set schedule – be able to anticipate. But how do you do that when we ourselves can’t find one rhythm over another? We usually wake at 7:30am, but sometimes it’s earlier – sometimes later. Witty is ready to crash at about 9:00pm, but we usually doze off around midnight or later. I try to walk him every afternoon and night, but my work is random and doesn’t make for a regular walk time. And then there’s our little adventures. So far Witty has gone to Connecticut, Vermont, Upstate New York and California several times over and we’ve only had him 2 months. It’s something that is always in the back of our minds, but rather than stress over it, we’ve realized he’s actually pretty good at adapting.
He eats at a regular time and for the most part we walk him right after, but everything else he simply flows with it and that’s exactly what we wanted. He travels like an all-star, but we still catch a glimpse of his suspicious eye. He looks at us like we are crazy when we up and go on a whim. But, as long as he has his toys, some treats, and good bout of fresh air, he seems to care little about what time things take place. So, in our opinion, yeah – stick to a schedule if you can, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t. On the flip side, he’s ready for anything and appears to have less anxiety because of it.