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Habit-forming...For the Dog?

I open the laundry room door and say, “Good morning, Abe.” Abraham, our black lab mix, stretches and makes his slow, but steady way, for the back door.   It’s been this way for years.   They say children need a routine, but I think dogs enjoy a regular process, too.   At least Abraham does.   It’s not just sleep, eat, go outside, sleep, eat, go outside. Occasionally, I have to remind him, “Go potty,” once he’s out the back door, but usually he trots down the steps and takes care of business in a flash.   Then, he’s right back at the door to come in because he knows what’s next.   Breakfast!   After breakfast, it’s a quick trip back outside to take care of other business, and he’s ready to help me get ready for the day. I exercise every morning.   Once I lay down in the floor, Abe jumps up and finds his chew bone.   I do leg lifts and he gnaws on the bone.   I do twists, and he slides out of reach, still gnawing on his bone.   He’s so predictable…or maybe, I’m the on