The All-Important Puppy Schedule
It is so, so important to get your puppy on a schedule! Of course the schedule needs to work for you and fit in with how you spend your day, but it also needs to accommodate the physical and social needs of your puppy. As a baby, she needs to eat regularly, go out regularly, play, spend time with you, and sleep. Each of these is very important and can’t be neglected. Here is a sample schedule to help you plan yours:
Daily Schedule 6:00 A.M. — take puppy out
6:10 A.M. — feed first meal
6:30 A.M. — take puppy back out (if she does her business, allow her to spend more time outside; if she doesn’t do it right away, bring her back in and take her out every five minutes until she does — only then go for any kind of extended walk/outside time)
7:00 – 8:00 A.M. — confine puppy to kitchen while household gets up and ready and out the door
8:00 A.M. — take puppy outside
8:15 A.M. — confine puppy to her room or put her in her crate
8:15-11:30 A.M do something that doesn’t involve the puppy
11:30 A.M. — take puppy outside
11:35 A.M. — feed another small meal
11:45 A.M. — take puppy back outside, as per 6:30 A.M.
12:00 P.M. and through the afternoon — spend time playing or interacting with the puppy
3:00 P.M. — take puppy outside
3:10 P.M. — feed another small meal
3:30 P.M. — take puppy back outside
4:00 P.M. — confine puppy for an hour or so
6:00 P.M. — take puppy outside
6:15 P.M. — feed last meal of the day
6:30 P.M. — take puppy back outside
6:45 P.M. — play and interact with puppy in other parts of the house with super- vision to prevent accidents
9:45 P.M. — take puppy outside before bed
10:00 P.M. — bed time This can seem daunting, especially if you don’t have anyone to help, but if you stick to it, it will work. If you have other family members who are responsible enough to participate, assign them portions of the schedule.
For example, if you have a child in high school who gets home around 3:00 P.M., she can take over the afternoon portion of the schedule.