Puppy Crate Training Schedule 12 Weeks
Schedule for Puppy Crate Training
Because puppies do best when they know what to expect and learn through repetition, it is important to have a consistent puppy crate training schedule.
It’s important to have a consistent daily routine (for meals, potty breaks, naps, playtime, and training).
The schedule on this page will help you train your puppy to go to the bathroom outside quickly and easily.
You can speed up the process of housebreaking your puppy by giving it a pretty regular, but flexible, schedule.
This is because it helps you figure out when little Fido needs to pee or poop by making his body clock and bodily functions.
Feed your puppy at the same time every day if possible.
You don’t need to carry a stopwatch with you or time it down to the minute, but aim for a variation of 30 to 45 minutes.
While you’re housebreaking your new pup, make sure you and Fido are on the same page about when it’s time to get up and when it’s time to go to bed.
It’s not uncommon for a pup to need to “go” at least once, if not twice, during the night.
This is usually 3 to 4 hours after you go to bed, and may be repeated depending on how early you get up in the morning.
Why Is Keeping A Schedule Beneficial?
The keys to success are keeping expectations realistic and sticking to a routine!
Your average 8-week-old puppy will need to go to the bathroom every 30 minutes to an hour, after waking up, eating, drinking, sleeping, playing, etc.
Yes, you’ll be making a lot of trips to his wee-wee spot, but that’s perfectly normal and required.
Finding a way to keep your pup from having potty ‘accidents’ is one of the keys to successful housebreaking.
This is because habits form quickly, and it appears that bad habits form faster than good habits.
Using a crate is a great way to solve this problem, and it is important to stick to a good schedule for puppy crate training.
Puppies and older dogs will try their hardest not to pee or poop in their crate.
Using a dog crate will help your pup learn to ‘hold it’ for short periods of time, as long as you don’t leave him crated for longer than his bladder or bowel control can handle.
Plus, he won’t be able to hide behind the Persian rug, sofa, or bed and pee on it. Believe me when I say this is a huge plus.
A consistent daily routine not only benefits your pup physically, but it also helps him feel secure in his new surroundings and boosts his self-confidence.
Even something as simple as sticking to a regular schedule can help a nervous, homesick puppy relax a little.
But keep in mind that each puppy is unique, and some have much better control than others.
This could be as a result of:
- Physical development (their nervous systems are maturing at a faster rate)
- Breed or size specific-small and tiny breeds have small bladders and can’t ‘hold it’ for long periods of time.
- Individual Temperament: Puppies with true canine separation anxiety may lose control due to their extreme emotions, and puppies with nervous personalities may have more trouble controlling their bladders and bowels.
You’ll be able to adjust the schedule above to suit his unique needs as you get to know your new pup better and understand his body language, habits, and abilities.
In its most basic form, this schedule is simply a guide, but one that I hope will provide you with a “big picture” perspective and a starting point.
Keeping track of how many times your puppy needs to go potty on a daily basis may be helpful.
Here’s a quick breakdown of how many elimination trips you’re likely to make…
- 8 to 10 trips in 8 to 14 weeks.
- 14-20 weeks, 6–8 trips
- 20 to 30 weeks—4–6 trips
Of course, you have needs as well, and you and your family already have time commitments and a routine that works for you.
Once you’ve managed to “sync” your pup’s daily schedule with your own, things will run more smoothly.
Outside of his crate, your little guy obviously requires a lot of one-on-one time with you.
Playtime, walks, and training sessions are all fun, but you must keep an eye on him whenever he has free reign of your home.
In less than a minute, puppies can sneak away and pee or poop in a corner or under a table.
Small breeds are already so low to the ground (and their piddles are so small) that they can squat, pee, and move on in seconds — and you won’t even notice.
The more accidents your pup has, the more issues he’ll have with his toileting habits.
It’s important to maintain consistency, containment, and oversight.