The Schedule:

7am – Wake up, take out puppy.  Play with puppy for 15 minutes (remember to take him out if he gets excited!), then leave puppy in gated-off kitchen while you make breakfast.  Offer water.

7:30am – Feed puppy ½ of his breakfast during a quick training session, then put puppy in his crate.  

8am – Take puppy to his potty spot, say “go potty.”  Give him a plenty of treats if he goes and plenty of praise.  Take your puppy for a 20-minute walk and reward any “walk potties” with a high value treat (100% meat, cheese, etc).  Offer water.

8:30am – Crate your puppy.

9:15am – Take your puppy out to his potty spot, say “go potty.”  Give him 3 or 4 treats if he goes and plenty of praise. Bring him back in and leave him in the kitchen with an activity toy.

Go to work.

12pm – Come home for lunch and take the puppy out to his potty spot, say “go potty.” Give him 3 or 4 treats if he goes and plenty of praise, take him for a walk, after bring him back in for a short training session. Eat lunch. At 1pm put your puppy back in the kitchen with a new activity toy.

Go back to work.

5pm – Come home from work and immediately take the puppy out to his potty spot, say “go potty.” Give him 3 or 4 treats if he goes and plenty of praise. Take your puppy for a 30-minute walk and reward any “walk potties” with some high value treats.  Offer water. Reward your puppy with 20 minutes of completely supervised “exploration time” around the house (you will want to keep your puppy on leash here). Put your puppy in his crate.  

6:30pm – Take puppy to his potty spot, say “go potty.”  Give him treats if he goes and plenty of praise. Feed him his dinner in an activity toy or during a quick training session.  Offer water. Crate your puppy or keep him very close.

8:15pm – Take puppy to his potty spot, say “go potty.”  Give him 3 or 4 treats if he goes and plenty of praise. Offer water. Play with your puppy inside for 20 minutes.  Remember to take him out if he gets excited! Offer water.

8:45pm – Crate your puppy.

9:30pm – Take puppy to his potty spot, say “go potty.”  Give him some high value treats if he goes and plenty of praise.   Offer a very small amount of water. Crate your puppy. 

Sleep!

12:30am – Take puppy to his potty spot, say “go potty.”  Give him some extra special treats if he goes and plenty of praise.  Offer a very small amount of water if needed. Crate your puppy and go back to sleep!

4am – Take puppy to his potty spot, say “go potty.”  Give him some extra special treats if he goes and plenty of praise.  Offer a very small amount of water if needed. Crate your puppy and go back to sleep!

This is a great schedule to use up until 10 weeks. During this time, your puppy will be focusing on bonding with you and your family, as well as learning the ropes around the house. It is also a great time to sign up for a puppy kindergarten class in your area, so that you are all ready to start at the ideal age of 10 weeks.