Schedule

In this first lesson, we’re going to talk about schedules.

My biggest warning is this: Everyone is going to have a very different schedule, naturally. You might be single or one of a couple. You might have 3 kids. You might have elderly parents living with you, requiring your care. You might work shift work. 

There are so many variables, so I’m going to give you examples, but it’s up to you to find your pup’s rhythm and what works best.

Again, the typical routines in your puppy’s world include things like bedtime, mealtime, walks, playtime, alone-time, and car-rides. Basically…all the things that make up a day in the life of your dog. 

The last thing that I want for you is to have a dog who cannot handle change, so please don’t create a schedule, try to fit your dog into it, and then keep it exact for the foreseeable future. Your dog has to learn that things change and they need to adapt. 

As your puppy grows and develops, they will require less sleep and more exercise and mental stimulation, so be prepared for the stages your puppy may go through and the changes that inevitably occur. 

Time

Early Riser

Weekend

Workin’ 9-5 🎶

5:00 AM

Up and potty right away. 1/2 mealtime in an enrichment toy in LTCA.

6:00 AM

Socialisation walk and playtime or short training session.

Up and potty right away. 1/2 mealtime in an enrichment toy in LTCA.

Up and potty right away. 1/2 mealtime in an enrichment toy in LTCA.

7:00 AM

1/2 mealtime or chew in an enrichment toy in LTCA.

Socialisation walk and playtime or short training session.

Socialisation walk and playtime or short training session.

8:00 AM

Separation training while they relax or sleep in crate or LTCA.

1/2 mealtime in an enrichment toy in LTCA.

Potty break before work.

9:00 AM

You work while they sleep in crate or LTCA.

10:00 AM

Potty and playtime or short training session.

11:00 AM

Separation training during 1/2 mealtime or chew in an enrichment toy in LTCA.

Use 1/2 mealtime for training session.

12:00 PM

Potty break and then relax or sleep in crate or LTCA.

Potty and playtime and potty again! 

Socialisation walk and playtime or short training session. 

Potty break before work. Back to crate or LTCA.

1:00 PM

Use 1/2 mealtime for training session.

You work while they have mealtime in an enrichment toy and sleep in crate or LTCA.

2:00 PM

Independence time in LTCA with novel toys / stuffed Kong / chew.

3:00 PM

Socialisation walk and playtime or short training session.

4:00 PM

Potty, then independence time in LTCA with novel toys / stuffed Kong / chew.

Potty break and Independence time in LTCA with novel toys / stuffed Kong / chew.

5:00 PM

1/2 Meal is used for Kitchen Manners training. 

1/2 meal is given in an enrichment toy in LTCA while you eat.

Socialisation walk and 1/2 Meal is used for Kitchen Manners training. 

Finished work! Socialisation walk and playtime or short training session.

6:00 PM

Potty break and probably going to have the Zoomies – watch out! 

1/2 meal is given in an enrichment toy in LTCA while you eat.

1/2 Meal is used for Kitchen Manners training. 

1/2 meal is given in an enrichment toy in LTCA while you eat.

7:00 PM

Snooze or play in LTCA or cuddle while you watch TV. 

Potty break and probably going to have the Zoomies – watch out! 

Socialisation walk and playtime. Probably going to have the Zoomies – watch out! 

8:00 PM

Snooze or play in LTCA or cuddle while you watch TV. 

Snooze or play in LTCA or cuddle while you watch TV. 

9:00 PM

Last potty break of the night and then to bed.

10:00 PM

Potty as needed overnight.

Last potty break of the night and then to bed

11:00 PM

Potty as needed overnight.

Last potty break of the night and then to bed

Potty as needed overnight

Please keep in mind that this is really rough. Not all puppies sleep for 3 hour stretches, some sleep less, some sleep more. You might not fit into any of these schedules, but just a few ideas on how to manage your time a little bit; always putting rest after walks and play. Keeping training sessions short so that you don’t get burned out, nor does your dog! 

This is going to change from week to week, so if you’re finding yourself getting overwhelmed, consider hiring a Dog Walker to take your pup for a midday potty break. No park visits or group walks just yet (unless they’re all puppies), and definitely no daycare! You don’t want to build your puppy’s endurance for social time. They need more sleep between 8 weeks and 5 months of age than you’d think! 

Need help finding a Dog Walker? (Hint: Don’t use Rover or Wag.) Let me know in the Community and we’ll talk about how to find a good one. Don’t just rely on word of mouth – it’s an unregulated industry and not everyone knows what to look for. A tired dog is NOT a good dog…tired is NOT our goal.