Might be a stupid question, but something I was pondering this morning: should we stick to a routine with dogs, or is it better to keep them on their toes? I'm talking a bit beyond general bed and dinner time, but I guess it's all linked. My wife is a teacher and argued that children benefit from routine. They are more settled and know where they stand. Does the same apply to dogs? I was thinking that if you religiously take your dog out at the same time, to the same place every day, they will come to expect that. The one day you're ill or have an appointment, will throw them out and cause angst. Also, we know that it would become boring. Don't we want them to be able to just chill out all the time and when we do take them out it's a wonderful bonus? I guess we all mix up our dogs' trips out to keep them exciting, but do you stick to a regular timing for walks/training etc? Any views?