Surrounded by my dogs early morning while I type away in bed is one of my greatest moments. We had a good night and Jessie is resting on my feet. Its been a couple of very rough weeks with this Dementia; and working into a routine that works has been difficult. Hopefully we have found the right combination to have a bit more smooth sailing for a while.
Routine can be a good thing or a bad thing. It all depends on who is involved. Some dogs thrive on routine, they know what to expect and like things as they should be. Fall slightly out of the norm and they become nervous or anxious. Others may become so set in their ways that they keep you on a time clock. While other dogs can become painfully bored with routine and need a more scattered, random type life. I like loose routine, switching things up every so often is a good thing. Even for those type of dogs who seem to need routine, change can be a good thing.
I've seen dogs who become aggressive if they are not fed on time; hmmm like some men I know. Others who expect a walk at 8:00 am every morning and if you happen to be busy, they will pester you and drive you mad. So you need a happy medium; casual routine. When you add change, something different, a new twist to a routine day it helps your dog deal with more change. I like change, I don't like to walk in the same park everyday or at the same time even. If I happen to do something on a regular basis it's usually due to traffic, weather or convenience.
But even more than routine or no routine; a dog needs leadership. If your dog is accustom to following your lead; then routine or no routine won't have such a huge impact. But switch it up, too much routine for anyone makes for a boring life.