If you are a fan of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” you must have caught the episode in which Terry gets mad at Jake for losing his children’s blanket “moo-moo.” Terry explained that the kids would not sleep without the blanket, so he had to look for it. Well, that is how vital nighttime routines are for children, whether it is cuddling with a blanket, reading a bedtime story, having a warm bath, or holding on to their favorite doll. This behavior can be seen in animals, too, because this cute dog won’t sleep until mummy tucks him in each night. It may appear over the top, but Fusion insists on the nightly routine, and here is how he came to get used to it.
Dog’s Journey to Becoming Part of the Family
Steffi Trott grew up riding horses and adopting small pets but getting a dog or cat was not allowed in her house. She wanted so much to care for a dog, but not even her friends or classmates could help her fulfill that ambition because they could not have pet canines. Destiny came calling in 2005 when Steffi was an exchange student and lived in Tasmania with a family that owned all kinds of pets, including dogs. Steffi bonded with the family dog, Hugger, and got to care for him, taking him for walks and even teaching him a few tricks. After returning home and graduating from high school in 2008, Steffi decided to study physics because she did not think dog training was an actual career.
As she revealed on SpiritDog, in 2012, she found herself in Albuquerque and for the first time in a house with a yard large enough to train a dog. Steffi hoped to get a Border Collie from the shelter, but as a first-time dog owner, they could not let her adopt one, so she went home with Max, whom she put through an obedience training class. Still, Steffi was not pleased with how Max lacked energy and enthusiasm; therefore, as soon as he retired a year later, she went to the shelter and this time got her wish: a Border Collie named Fusion. Fusion was everything that Max was not, and Steffi could not help but fall in love with dog training because of how Fusion was eager to learn. Within a short time, Fusion had learned over thirty tricks, how to count, and imitate.
Adopting a Nighttime Routine
Border Collies are known for being highly intelligent, good at communication, and easily trainable. Therefore, it is no wonder that Fusion so far has picked 150 commands from his dog trainer mum, Steffi. Still, she says she is surprised at how smart he is. Now that they have been together for the last seven years, Steffi has observed that Fusion likes to keep his nightly routine of being tucked in his bed. She said that Fusion took a liking to being tucked in because her 10-year-old son insisted on it when they got the dog.
Unlike his two siblings, who prefer sleeping with Steffi in her bed, Fusion likes his space. Therefore when it is time for bed, and the other two canines hop onto Steffi’s bed, Fusion stands next to his bed, letting Steffi know that is it time to be tucked in and go to sleep. He has grown so accustomed to this routine that Steffi has to ensure that she rectifies any deviations if it is interrupted. She gave the example of one night when one of Fusion’s siblings slept in Fusion’s bed, and Steffi had to get another dog bed because Fusion stood next to her bed, signaling to her to do what is right. As soon as he is tucked in, the dog and his mummy exchange kisses before Steffi leaves so he can sleep.
Even Pitbulls Want Affection
Fusion may have gone viral for his nightly routine, but another dog also learned to calm down after being tucked in bed. Prince had a past of being unwanted; when his owner could no longer afford to keep him, the canine was passed on to the owner’s girlfriend. It seemed she could not wait to get rid of him because when they were going for a walk, and Prince slipped from his leash, the girlfriend never bothered to get Prince. He was picked by animal control and taken to Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, where they contacted the girlfriend who gave empty promises about picking Prince. Prince felt the neglect and became wary of humans; they were not to be trusted, and whenever the shelter staff approached him in his kennel, he would cower and shake.
However, the shelter staff noticed that Prince would remain calm when tucked in bed. Consequently, as published in Reshareworthy, the staff adopted the routine for Prince to enable him to settle in his new home. As he continued revealing his true colors, Prince showed he liked to be treated like royalty; therefore, the staff was keen to say that he had to be in a home with no other pets.
Is a Night Time Routine Important for Dogs?
Introducing a nighttime routine is suitable for your dog’s health because it minimizes stress and anxiety. It is especially crucial for those canines that suffer from separation anxiety because they know what to expect; that even after being tucked in and left on their own, you will be back in the morning.
Also, a nighttime routine facilitates better sleep; one of the activities leading up to bedtime should include the last potty break to ensure they do not get up in the night, which would interrupt their sleep. Also, if you sleep with the dogs in your bed, you should make it known to them, they will only get into bed when you invite them to share your bed.