Dog and Puppy Training
7:00 AM Get puppy out of crate or sleeping area, and immediately take him outside to potty area on leash.
7:15 AM Feed and offer water.
7:30 AM Take puppy back out to potty area. Use a command, like “Hurry up” to encourage the dog to eliminate. A successful potty deserves great praise! Take for a walk or have a structured play session.
8:00 AM Put puppy in crate or confined area for nap.
Going to Work?
If you have to go to work, like the rest of the world, you have two options. A very young puppy (8 to 12 weeks) should be crated for periods no longer than four hours during the day. You should come home during the day to provide your puppy/dog with a break, otherwise you must hire a service or have neighbor come in during the day to provide the proper care. As dogs mature, they can be left for longer periods of time, especially if they have earned freedom from the crate.
If you don’t have to go to work, then continue the schedule
10:00 AM Get puppy out of crate or sleeping area and immediately take him outside to potty area on leash.
10:15 AM Walk the puppy and play for short period of time.
10:30 AM Allow the puppy to entertain itself with safe toys in a safe puppy-proof area.
12:00 PM Feed puppy second meal.
12:15 PM Take puppy to potty area on leash.
12:30 PM Have short play session and stimulate mentally with a short obedience session of sit and down.
1:00 PM Put puppy back in crate for afternoon nap.
3:00 PM Let puppy/dog out of crate or sleeping area and immediately take outside to potty area on leash.
4:00 PM Allow puppy to socialize with kids coming home from school. (If you have no children coming home, find someone with children or other adults to expose the puppy/dog to members of the world!)
5:00 PM Feed last meal of the day and offer water.
5:15 PM Take puppy to potty area on leash.
5:30 PM Crate or confine puppy while the family prepares for and eats their dinner.
6:30 PM Allow the puppy/dog to socialize with all members of the family, play quietly by itself, or go for a short walk.
8:00 PM Offer a last drink of water for the night.
10:00 PM Take the puppy outside for one last “pit stop.” Crate or confine puppy for the night only after you have seen it go poop and pee.
(Note: Although we mention “puppy” in this schedule, the same routine can be used to housetrain adult dogs.)