Wake up @ 5am.
Take Rivers (8 months) out to go potty.
Then back to bed while I get ready.
Boyfriend wakes up at 7:45ish and feeds Rivers and takes him to the park
to run/play fetch (get as much energy out as possible).
Rivers goes in the backyard from 8:30-noon (with large bones - nothing
that would be a choking hazard, LOTS of water, dog house, a few
I take my break from work and pick up Rivers.
We go to the park to play fetch.
Then lunch. And then I take Rivers back to work with me. (There is
sometimes another GSD at work for him to play with, otherwise lots of
coworkers for running and fetch and pets!).
Boyfriend picks Rivers up from my work around 4pm and takes him back to
I get off at 6:30 and go home. Rivers and I work on training.
Then Bryan and I get time to do whatever. Rivers relaxes, chews on a
bone or naps.
Then dinner and a long family walk
Rivers is home alone from 8:30am-noon.
Then I come home and we work on training. If he does well then he gets
rewarded with a couple hours at the dog park.
Then home for lunch and a nap.
Then off to grandma's (my mom) where he plays with her Boston Terrier,
Andy, while I go back to class.
Then I pick him up/bring him home.
We go on a family jog after dinner (or sometimes back to the dog park,
depending on how we feel).
Then Rivers dinner, night walk, and bed.
Days off (rare):
Try not to leave him home alone at all on the days off. He is our family!
(On days we are busy, he usually stays with grandma, or even more
rare..doggy day care).
We spend all day training, exercising, napping (of course), and playing. I LOVE family bonding
- I realize not everyone has this much time or flexibility to spend so much time with their puppy (and some people think I'm crazy), but I love the amount of time I devote to my dog and it really shows in our bond. Such an incredible feeling. Even if you could not spend as much time with your GSD, the effort and quality of activities and time spent together makes all the difference.