Puppy Schedule 8 Weeks: What To Expect When Bringing Home A New Puppy

8-Week Old Puppy


This is a step-by-step guide to bringing a new puppy home for the first time. It’s perfect for a dog owner who has never had a dog before. Or anyone who has forgotten what an eight-week-old puppy is capable of! We’ll go over things like feeding, crate training, potty training, and settling your puppy at night, among other things.

Life with a new puppy can be difficult, but if you are well prepared, everything will seem easier. This article will outline what to expect from your 8-week-old Lab puppy in the days and weeks ahead.

What can an 8-week-old puppy expect?

New puppies are, without a doubt, utterly adorable! The design of baby animals has been perfected by nature. Puppies smell wonderful, and when we hold an 8-week-old Labrador puppy in our arms, we feel compelled to protect him.

Despite this, you will most likely have times in the coming days when you question your decision to get a puppy at all. Because, no matter how cute and adorable he is, you may be tempted in the coming weeks to return your puppy to where he came from!

Do you have an 8-week-old puppy who is driving you insane?

Puppies, like babies, can be difficult to care for. Not to mention annoying and inconvenient!But don’t give up. You’re probably sleep-deprived, and your life has just turned upside down. As a result, now is not the best time to make significant decisions.

Many of the problems that arise with a new puppy can be easily resolved with a little assistance. Peace will soon be restored, and life will feel more normal again, thanks to the resources available on this website.

If you want to skip ahead, there are some helpful links in the green menu! In a moment, we’ll look at some of the areas where puppies and new puppy parents may clash. But first, let’s address some of the most common concerns of new puppy parents.

Let’s start with how to feed an 8-week-old puppy and how to get through the first night with your new puppy.

Feeding care of an 8-week-old puppy

Puppies require much more frequent feeding than older dogs, not because they can’t eat a full day’s worth of food in one sitting but because doing so upsets their stomachs. It’s also not fun to look after a puppy who has diarrhea.

Don’t give in to the temptation of allowing your puppy to keep eating just because he appears to be hungry. Because Labrador puppies are always hungry, he’ll do it! You’ll have to limit his food intake. You must first determine how much food your puppy requires in a 24-hour period and then divide that amount into at least four meals.

The principles are the same for any medium-to-large dog breed, though the quantities will need to be adjusted. If you haven’t already decided, once you’ve gotten your food situation under control, you’ll need to consider what you’ll do with your puppy when you go to bed tonight.

The very first night with the puppy

We’ll go over a few options and give you some tips on what to avoid. To begin with, you should not expect your puppy to sleep in or on your bed. That’s because he’ll fall off, possibly injure himself, and most likely leave puddles all over your bedroom. He’ll also get stuck behind the wardrobe and chew on the cables to your bedside lamp.

If you want to, you can share a bed with your Lab later, but not right now, unless you puppy-proof the room and sleep on the floor. It’s also not a good idea to leave an 8-week-old puppy alone in the house at night. There’s a lot of potential for disaster. Even if you only sleep for six hours or so, a puppy can get up to a lot of mischief in that time. As a result, the three main options for 8-week-old puppies are described next.

Options for an eight-week-old puppy’s first night

You can sleep separately from your puppy in the first two options. To begin with, this isn’t always a good idea. In a moment, I’ll explain why. Here are three different sleeping arrangements for the first few nights.

  • A puppy-friendly sleeping space
  • A crate for your puppy
  • Beside your bed, a sturdy box (or crate)

#1 The puppy’s safe sleeping area.

You can put the puppy to bed in a puppy-proof room with a washable floor just before going to bed and after taking him outside to relieve himself. Alternatively, you could put his bed inside a large puppy playpen.

Cover the majority of the floor with newspaper or puppy pads. During the night, he’ll pee and poop on it, and you’ll need to clean it up quickly in the morning to avoid him jumping in it.

#2 You’ll need a puppy crate.

Alternatively, you can crate your puppy and set an alarm to remind you to let him out at night. If you do it correctly, your puppy will be clean and dry from the start, and you won’t have the poop jumping problem that many people with option 2 have.

You will, however, have to get up in the middle of the night. Because many 8-week-old puppies can’t go all night without peeing, this could be for two weeks or more.

#3 Keep a box near your bed.

Putting your puppy in a cozy nest in a tall, sturdy cardboard box next to your bed is a great way to give him a good start in life.

You’ll probably need to get up in the middle of the night, but you won’t need to set an alarm (or risk waking up a puppy who would have slept through) because you’ll hear your puppy stir and whimper when he needs to go outside to pee. You’ll be able to stroke and comfort him without getting out of bed if he’s a little worried.

Because puppies exposed to solutions 1 or 2 can become extremely distressed, resulting in vomiting and diarrhea for your pup and a lot of cleaning for you, solution No. 3 is a good place to begin.

8-week-old puppy sleeping and crying at night

Keep in mind that the majority of 8-week-old puppies have never slept alone. They usually cry the first night they are asked to sleep alone in their new home. It’s an understatement to say that a small puppy can make a surprising amount of noise. for an unusually long time.

You will be able to hear him unless you live in a mansion. Your neighbors will, too. The best way to avoid this is to sleep with the puppy for the first few nights, as described in Option 3 above.

It does not have to be long-term. If you want, you can move the puppy to his own room once he’s settled in and isn’t as homesick.

It’s important to remember that new puppies pick up information quickly. At first, puppies may cry because they are scared or lonely, but they soon learn that crying gets them attention.

How much sleep do puppies get?

An 8-week-old puppy can expect to sleep 18 to 20 hours out of every 24 hours. It doesn’t last long for puppies to fall asleep easily on your lap or in your arms. Dogs, on the other hand, sleep for long periods of time throughout their lives.

Sleeping frequently and deeply is normal for an 8-week-old puppy, and it’s nothing to be concerned about if your puppy is energetic and playful when awake, eating and growing normally, and otherwise appears healthy.

Your 8-week-old puppy’s potty training.

You’ll want your puppy to become clean and dry in the house over the next few weeks. Potty training your eight-week-old Labrador puppy can start right away. However, it’s critical that you understand his limitations.

A few new puppies can go six or seven hours without peeing at night. However, many babies are unable to do so until they are around ten weeks old. Expect to get up in the middle of the night to take your puppy outside for a wee for up to two weeks if you crate your puppy at night.

If you choose to leave your puppy with puppy pads or newspaper at night, expect it to take a little longer than this to wake up to a clean floor. With an 8-week-old puppy, getting up earlier for a while is a given. For at least the next four months, don’t expect any more “lay-ins.”

You’ll need to take your puppy outside frequently during the day or provide him with a potty area with puppy pads. Puppies pee a lot more throughout the day. Some puppies can go an hour or more without weeing, but many cannot.

8-week-old puppy crate training

If you want to crate train your new puppy, our crate training guide has detailed instructions, including crate training schedules and recommended maximum crate times.

If you’re returning to work or want to leave your puppy for three to four hours before he’s five or six months old and you want to crate train him, you’ll need to find someone to look after him during the day. even if it is only for a short time. A puppy under the age of eight hours old should not be left in a crate for long periods of time during the day.

The key to successfully crate training a new puppy is to establish good habits from the start. And getting that puppy outside to his toilet area whenever his little bladder is full is part of that.

Allowing him to relieve himself in a large pen with newspaper down will allow him to do so, but keep in mind that 8-week-old puppies left alone for long periods of time may become distressed and/or destructive.

Leaving your puppy at home by himself

Puppies must learn to cope with being left alone for short periods of time from the start. If you consistently return, your puppy will quickly become accustomed to you disappearing for a few minutes. Excessive isolation, on the other hand, is a common cause of noisy or destructive behavior. Puppies require companionship.

Even though older puppies can cope with being left alone for up to four hours, an adult Labrador can become distressed or destructive if left alone for an entire working day on a regular basis. Labradors are very sociable dogs who require constant human interaction.

Basically, it’s not a good idea to leave a Labrador at home alone during the week. No matter how many weekend walks he gets. If you plan to return to work full-time, you’ll need to arrange a dog walker or set up a creche for your friend.

Biting puppies

The majority of people are aware that puppies nip when they are teething. Many people are unaware of how hard they bite and how painful it is. Most new puppy owners are taken aback by the biting and the accompanying noise. For small puppies, however, ferocious growling during play is completely normal!

Being aware of this does not make the pain go away, but it does assist you in coping and prevents family members from resenting the puppy or fearing that he is abnormal in some way.

Puppy behavior that is destructive

Most people are aware that small puppies chew on things. However, it can be surprising to learn just how destructive a Labrador can be, both inside and out, especially if left alone for extended periods of time.

Expect your puppy to rip apart anything he can get his teeth into. both inside and out.

This is likely to last well past his first birthday. In fact, by the end of the first year, many young Labradors have become particularly destructive. Some even gnaw on skirting boards, rip plaster from walls, and rip carpets out of their homes.

There’s no reason to get into this kind of fight with any dog, and because it’s so common in Labradors, I recommend crate training or confining young Labs to a puppy proof room until they’re well past their first birthday.

There will be some new challenges as your puppy grows, so let’s take a look at them now.

Puppy behavior that is boisterous

Many young Labradors are extremely boisterous between the ages of 8 and 18. If you don’t teach your young Labrador some manners, expect him to knock people over.

If you don’t teach him to sit next to your car, expect him to jump up and scratch the paintwork. If you don’t expect him to walk to heel, he’ll drag you around on the end of his lead.

Expect him to drag you off your feet and into the path of oncoming traffic. The solution is to teach your new friend to walk alongside you, both on and off the lead. Ideally, from a very young age.

Puppies on the run

Puppies have an automatic response that causes them to follow their owners around. By the time the puppy is four or five months old, this response has vanished. Don’t put off letting your puppy off the leash until then.

Gun dogs are Labrador retrievers. They love going on hunts and following scent trails. Expect an older puppy to want to explore away from you, so establish an off-leash recall before he turns six months old.

Expect an older puppy to stray further and further away from you on walks if you are too predictable and just follow him. Teach him to follow you rather than vice versa.

Puppies who are naughty

“He is deafeningly, deafeningly, deafeningly,” people claim. Or, “A few weeks ago, my puppy was sitting, coming, giving paw, and everything, but now he just ignores us.” “What makes him so mischievous?” He also does a variety of “naughty” things, such as grabbing whatever food he can get his hands on, begging at the table, and tripping people! What options do we have?

The answer is that when an 8-week-old puppy does these things, he is completely normal. He is also completely untrained. Puppies bite, steal, jump, lick, whine, dig, and much more. All this is normal.

Training is a long process. Getting a dog to respond to a cue such as “sit” or “shake hands” is the easy part. A dog that will do this in your kitchen is not trained. He has just learned to respond to a cue in your kitchen. Nothing more.

Proofing that cue against all the distractions in our daily lives is what comprises the bulk of dog training, and you desperately need the right information in order to do this effectively.

What we expect from an 8-week old puppy

We expect an awful lot from our tiny puppies. Both when they are still very small and then as they grow bigger.



We expect that the puppies will enjoy being cuddled. Sometimes they do, but mostly they are just being polite.

Many puppies don’t like being hugged at all and wriggle wildly to escape.

TIP: Wait for your puppy to stop wriggling before you place him on the floor, or he will wriggle harder next time!

A fun friend for children

We expect that our children will be able to play with a new puppy, but small puppies often bite and wriggle too much for little ones to enjoy them. Those pleasures tend to come later.

TIP: Use baby gates to give toddlers and puppies space apart from one another.

Success and quick results

We expect that the efforts we put into housetraining will be rewarded, and that the puppy will listen to what we say.

But potty training and obedience training take time. Your 8-week-old puppy will have accidents in the house to begin with and needs your help to understand what you want him to do next.

As he grows, we expect our puppy to return our love and affection, to respect us, be loyal, and obedient. And he will be, in time.

The reality of an 8-week old puppy

The reality of life with an 8-week old Labrador puppy can be a bit of a shock. Many of us do not expect weeks of broken sleep and tearful children who can’t play with or even stroke the puppy because he bites so hard.

Nor had we anticipated just how depressing it would be to clean up puppy pee and poop every time we get up in the morning or return home from a quick shopping trip. We hadn’t planned on the angry complaints from the neighbours about our barking and whining whenever we leave the house either.

You won’t have to worry about all of these things. They are, however, common reasons for people’s dissatisfaction with their furry companions. And being prepared will help you cope better. One of our goals here at The Labrador Site is to assist in bridging the gap between expectations and reality. As a result, puppies are adopted and remain in their new homes for the rest of their lives.


Your puppy is eight weeks old.

Raising a puppy can be a challenge, but if you are up for the challenge, it can also be a lot of fun and rewarding. And, if you have the right information, you can avoid or pass through most of the problems described above with minimal pain. and a little forethought. If you’re ready, you can do it.

  • For a few weeks, consider restricting your puppy’s access to certain areas of your home.

Over-excitement is linked to a lot of puppy mischief. Concentrate on remaining calm around your puppy and learning how to effectively train your puppy.

When used right, crates and baby gates are great ways to keep puppies and their families from getting into fights.

Confinement, on the other hand, is no substitute for companionship and training, and it’s important to make sure you have enough time in your life for a Labrador puppy before getting one.

Don’t suffer in silence if you find your new puppy much more difficult than you expected and you are feeling out of your depth or unable to cope.


You’ll need assistance and support with your puppy.


The Happy Puppy Handbook is a comprehensive guide to raising a healthy and happy puppy.

Every aspect of life with a small puppy is covered in The Happy Puppy Handbook. It will help you get your home ready for the new puppy and get your puppy off to a good start with potty training, meeting new people, and early obedience.

Consider enrolling in my Puppy Parenting course if you need more support than a book can provide. It’s a step-by-step guide to caring for a new puppy from the beginning. And it provides you with the support of our private student forum.



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