8 Week Old Puppy Schedule

House Training Schedule for an 8-Week-Old Puppy with a Working Owner

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The Timetable:

7 a.m.—Get up and take the puppy. Play with the puppy for 15 minutes (remember to take him outside if he becomes overly excited! ), then put him in the gated kitchen while you prepare breakfast. Make a water offer.

7:30 a.m. – Feed the puppy 12 percent of his breakfast during a quick training session, then place the puppy in his crate.

8 a.m.: Take the puppy to his potty spot and instruct him to “go potty.” If he goes, give him lots of treats and lots of praise. Take your puppy for a 20-minute walk and reward him with a high-value treat if he “walks potties” (100 percent meat, cheese, etc). Make a water offer.

Crate your puppy at 8:30 a.m.

9:15 a.m. – Take your puppy outside and tell him to “go potty.” If he goes, give him three or four treats and lots of praise. Bring him back into the house and place an activity toy in the kitchen for him to play with.

Working is a must.

12 p.m. – Return home for lunch and take the puppy to his potty spot, telling him to “go potty.” If he goes, reward him with 3 or 4 treats and lots of praise, then take him for a walk before bringing him back in for a short training session. Lunch should be consumed. Bring your puppy back into the kitchen at 1 p.m. with a new activity toy.

Return to your job.

5 p.m. – When you get home from work, take the puppy outside to his potty spot and say, “Go potty.” If he goes, give him three or four treats and lots of praise. Take your puppy for a 30-minute walk and reward him with some high-value treats if he “walks potties.” Make a water offer. Allow your puppy 20 minutes of unsupervised “exploration time” around the house as a reward (you will want to keep your puppy on a leash here). Place your puppy in his crate and close the door.

6:30 p.m.: Take the puppy to his potty area and tell him to “go potty.” If he goes, give him treats and lots of praise. Feed him during a quick training session or with an activity toy. Make a water offer. Keep your puppy in a crate or close by.

8:15pm: Take the puppy to his potty area and tell him to “go potty.” If he goes, give him three or four treats and lots of praise. Make a water offer. For 20 minutes, play with your puppy inside. If he becomes excited, remember to take him out! Make a water offer.

Crake your puppy at 8:45 p.m.

9:30 p.m.: Take the puppy to his potty area and tell him to “go potty.” If he goes, give him some high-value treats and lots of praise. Offer just a smidgeon of water. Put your puppy in a crate.

Sleep!

12:30 a.m. – Take the puppy to his potty area and tell him to “go potty.” If he goes, give him some extra special treats and lots of praise. If necessary, provide a small amount of water. Put your puppy in a crate and go back to sleep!

4 a.m.: Take the puppy to his potty spot and instruct him to “go potty.” If he goes, give him some extra special treats and lots of praise. If necessary, provide a small amount of water. Put your puppy in a crate and go back to sleep!

Up until 10 weeks, this is a great schedule to use. Your puppy will spend this time bonding with you and your family as well as learning the ropes around the house. It’s also a good time to enroll in a puppy kindergarten class in your area, so you’ll be ready to start at the recommended age of 10 weeks.

 

 

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