Puppy Schedule 8 Weeks

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A week-by-week puppy training schedule for puppies aged 8 to 16 weeks


Routines and schedules are essential for puppies. There are numerous of them.
We don’t want to overwhelm you, but sticking to a schedule for toilet training, feeding, socialization, crate training, and sleeping will make your life a lot easier in the long run! Not to mention ones for learning life skills or obedience.
That sounds like a lot for someone who is brand new to the puppy business. But don’t worry; we’ll take care of everything.
Our puppy training schedule will show you how to raise your puppy into a polite, well-behaved dog who is ready to take on the world!
You’ll have no worries as your puppy grows up if you establish ground rules for them while they’re young. With your help, he’ll be the hottest dog in town in no time.

First, some general advice.

Why start at 8 weeks?

To cut a long story short, the sooner the better.
Before they turn 16 weeks old, a puppy’s prime learning age is when they’re most eager and willing to listen. It’s best not to wait until they’re in their adolescent years, as we all know how difficult that age can be.
Important information: Puppies begin learning as soon as they are born. To prepare them for their new lives with you, their mother teaches them their first set of valuable skills, such as how to feed and where to go to the bathroom, and their littermates teach them how to play.
Isn’t that wonderful?
Now that your puppy has returned home, it’s up to you to carry on their mother’s lessons on how to behave in the human world. Let’s do our best to make her proud.

Why do I need puppy training routines and schedules?

Puppies thrive when they have a routine, just like people do when they are honest. Routines help to make sense of the world by making it predictable but never boring.
It also helps them gain confidence in themselves because they are becoming more adept at dealing with new experiences and situations.
Having a puppy training schedule will assist you in achieving your goals.
  • Increase the learning with which house training is learned.
  • Feel less stressed and worried about being a new puppy parent.
  • Have a self-assured puppy!

What should my puppy’s daily training consist of?

Here are a few that you can incorporate into your puppy’s daily training routine:
  • Toilet training
  • Training for training
  • Self-Training
  • Enrichment
  • Sniffing, chewing, pulling, and playing
  • Integration (at home exercises).
  • Walks and field trips for socialization
  • Training in training skills and obedience
We understand what you’re thinking — it appears to be far too much for such a small puppy. There are only so many hours in the day! But there’s no need to be concerned. In our guide, we’ve taken into account the fact that everyone’s lives and schedules are different.
You can print, use, and change our “sample day” guide as you see fit! The more you and your puppy settle in and train together, the more likely your schedule will change and be adjusted.
Welcome to the adventure.

What types of training techniques will I employ?

Positive reinforcement training, in conjunction with management protocols, is the most recent and cutting-edge training technique. Let us explain why we trust this one.
Positive reinforcement training, which uses a reward-based system, has been scientifically proven to effectively encourage the behaviors you want to see in your puppy and to give them confidence in new situations. To put it plainly, more rewards lead to more good behavior. More happy humans, more good dogs!
When we say “good behavior,” we’re talking about things like having our dogs sit, lay down, settle, or return when we call their name.
Rewards can include a variety of things, such as:
  • Treats,
  • Toys,
  • Praise,
  • Or whatever else your puppy enjoys. But let’s not make it about money; that hasn’t worked out so well in the past for humans.

What does the term “management” mean in the context of puppy training?

Management is all about keeping a tight grip on the situation and environment around your puppy in order to keep them from making mistakes or getting themselves into trouble (which can be meant literally, if they have a toilet-related accident).
Although you may believe that management makes you appear to be the fun police, the reality is that it is quite the opposite in the long run. Rather than learning by making mistakes, management will help them familiarize themselves with the rights and wrongs by setting them up for success!
Here are a few examples of how you can use your puppy to practice management:
  • Get a crate for your puppy to keep him safe.
  • Using a baby gate to restrict an area or room of the house to keep your puppy from going where we don’t want them.
  • A harness and lead to keep their muddy paws from jumping up on people.

Do we use reprimands?

No, no, no.
Punishing puppies is so last century! Isn’t it unrealistic to expect your puppy to pick up the basics right away? Punishment methods have also been shown to be ineffective in puppy development research.
You’ll learn how to teach them correctly using positive reinforcement so that rewards aren’t withheld and corrections aren’t necessary.
I’m not going to lie, our training philosophy is very similar to Seal’s Love is Powerful: love, kindness, and consistency are the keys to success.

When should I start training my puppy?

during the entire day. You’ll have to adjust your personal schedule at first to set aside time to train your puppy.
The following are the easiest times to remember to train your puppy:
  • Make it first thing in the morning (around 7 a.m.) after your puppy has gone to the toilet and use some of their breakfast kibble as food rewards.
  • After they’ve had their post-breakfast wee
  • Following a mid-morning nap
  • You can use some of their food ration as treats before giving them their brunch (around 11 a.m.).
  • After a nap in the afternoon
  • Use some of their dinner to train before dinner (around 3 o’clock).
  • Before dinner (around 7 p.m.), use some of their food as a reward.
Puppy training, as you can see from our list of neatly organized bullet points, is based on repetition and consistency. And then there’s patience. To be fair, learning (for any kind of living organism) works best with a foundation like this, which we’re confident you’ll be able to grasp eventually. We guarantee that once you start seeing your puppy’s progress, the excitement will only make you want to keep going.

Is it necessary for me to follow the schedule you’ve set for me?

It’s entirely up to you. Take a look at the schedule first and see how you and your puppy adjust to it. In general, one of the most important things to do is to give people breaks to use the bathroom, especially after playing, training, sleeping, or eating.
PRO TIP: If you’re letting them out of their crate or confinement area for the first time, we recommend taking a 15-minute toilet break. You won’t have to do this for very long, so don’t worry about it. Toilet breaks will become less frequent as they grow older and wiser. But, for the time being, let’s keep them as consistent as possible to avoid odorous mishaps.

What is a typical puppy training schedule?

It appears to be similar to this, aside from being beautiful.
Our 8-week training program includes a variety of socialization exercises, life skills training, and husbandry tasks (what a term!) that you can work towards as the weeks progress.

Create your own schedule using the “Push-Drop-Stick” method.

What exactly is Push, Drop, and Stick?

I’m glad you inquired.
Push, Drop, and Stick is a method of gradually increasing the difficulty of an exercise or desired behavior. It’s one of the ways we use to tell when a puppy is ready to move on in their training.
Make it this way: keeping things simple and consistent can slow your progress because your puppy may become stuck at a certain level of difficulty rather than progressing to new things. We want to keep raising the bar high enough that our puppy isn’t bored, but not so high that they become frustrated and give up if they aren’t rewarded.
We can use a system called “Push Drop Stick” to keep puppies from getting stuck.
It’s all about keeping enough momentum going so that your puppy is excited and motivated about winning some good treats, but not so much that they aren’t thinking about how to be rewarded by working harder and eventually giving up.
Does it remind you of slot machines? Possibly.
How does it work?
Let’s do a 5-repetition exercise and see how many times your puppy gets it right. We’ll decide whether to do which of the following based on how they perform —
By pushing yourself (raising criteria), you go to the next level of difficulty.
Return to the previous level of difficulty by dropping (drop criteria).
Stick with it—don’t increase the difficulty level (stay with current criteria).
Why should I train in this manner?
They will be less likely to become stuck at a certain point if they train for 5 repetitions. It also means that we’ll become better at keeping track of where we are in training so that we can work on improving our behaviour.
What do you mean by “difficulty” or “criteria”?
The terms “difficulty” or “criteria” refer to the “three D’s”: “difficulty,” “criteria,” and “difficulty.”
– Duration: How long will your puppy be able to maintain the behavior?
– Distraction: What are their sources of distraction?
– Distance: How far (in terms of distance) can you go and still get your dog to perform the task or behavior?

How should I continue my dog’s training after this 8-week plan?

Let us first congratulate you and take a breather.
Congratulations on finishing your puppy training schedule!
We only wish we could tell you that the training is over and you’re on your way to a happily ever after. This is only half true; of course, you’ll have happy times with your puppy, but you’re only getting started. That’s a good way of framing it.
Your puppy has learned the basic ABCs of their world, but not much else. There’s so much more to learn — the adventure has only just begun!
Your puppy may have grown in size, but on the inside, he or she is still a baby. We shouldn’t expect too much of them too soon; they aren’t quite ready to leave Neverland yet. Don’t lie, I’m sure you’d have liked to stay younger for longer as well.
One thing to keep in mind is that once your puppy’s confidence begins to grow, you’ll need to keep up with reward-based training to ensure that they continue to grow into the good dog that everyone admires.
It’s definitely a situation of “love me, love my dog.”
Aside from being consistent and keeping a good mind, there are a few other things you should remember to help train your puppy better:
  • Train your puppy in a variety of settings so that he can generalize well.
  • Remember to use the Push/Drop/Stick system.
  • Work on alone training so that your puppy becomes more comfortable being left alone.
  • Include variety—you can start teaching them new things and tricks at a young age. It’s perfect for wowing your neighbors.
  • Attend a well-run training session led by a certified instructor.
Here’s something that might make you nervous. Puppies start the adolescent phase around the age of six months.
This phase can be troublesome and rebellious (just think back to your adolescent years), so make sure you keep training throughout so that it doesn’t come as a surprise.

You’ll require some additional schedules.

Schedule for toilet training

Why do I need a toilet-training schedule?

There are three main reasons why a schedule is good for puppy toilet training.
  • You have objectives to work on.
  • It establishes a consistent and predictable routine for your puppy. Puppies are fantastic ‘dot connectors.’ A schedule aids in pattern recognition, such as going to the toilet after A, B, or C.
  • Most importantly, having a schedule helps toilet training go more quickly.
As you may know, when your puppy is just a puppy, he or she has very little bladder control and needs to go to the toilet frequently. You’ll notice that as they get older, they’ll get better at holding it in, which means fewer toilet trips for you and more ability to communicate their need to go. However, using full English words is still out of the question.
You’ll be able to recognize signs with time. Some puppies are quite obvious, such as standing by the back door or sitting and whining in front of you until you notice them. Others may start sniffing and circling in a more subtle manner.
You’ll eventually figure out how to read your puppy’s language!

How often will my puppy have to go to the toilet?

At first, a great lot!
At 8 weeks, your puppy will most likely need to go to the toilet once every hour.
As they get older, they are able to hold it for longer periods of time. Crate training can be very beneficial in this situation. However, don’t get too excited about it and don’t rush into it because they may have an accident inside the crate. Consider it like a toot: if you force it, you know what will happen.
PRO TIP: If you have a toy breed, you should expect them to go to the toilet more frequently.
Don’t be alarmed if your puppy goes to the toilet more frequently than these figures indicate. It’s not that they’re defective; it’s just that every puppy develops differently. We guarantee they’ll be able to hold it in one day!

Feeding schedule for puppies

Is it necessary for my puppy to have a feeding schedule?

Puppies need a schedule for when to eat so that their metabolism can learn to respond to regular order times.
A feeding schedule is also the foundation for all of the other training and routines you have planned for your puppy, such as training and home alone training exercises. Remember that what goes in must come out, so having a good idea of when they’ll need the restroom will help you plan the rest of your day.

I’m not sure how often I should feed my puppy.

It is contingent on their age. But, just so you know, young puppies require a lot of food. They could almost be vacuum cleaners.
It’s understandable, though; they’re growing and require a lot of calories for mental and physical development. It’s actually quite appropriate that they consume so much food!
As for you, you should evenly space your puppy’s feeding times throughout the day and use activity feeders to provide enrichment (and prevent bloating and digestive issues).
The table below shows how many meals your puppy should have per day. This is dependent on their size, breed, and personal eating habits!
Take the time to figure out when your puppy prefers to eat. Some people would rather go for a walk than eat first thing in the morning!

Schedule for Naps and Bedtimes

What is the ideal amount of sleep for my puppy?

A huge amount, just like human babies! Your puppy will need to sleep between 16 and 20 hours per day on average. They are in desperate need of rest after so many lessons and external stimulation.

Why do puppies require such a large amount of sleep?

Puppies require a lot of sleep because they are constantly growing physically and mentally and absorbing a lot of information. They’re also doing it at a much faster rate than you can imagine!

What time should they go to bed?

Puppies should be able to sleep several times a day. Typically, their sleeping times will be as follows:
  • Middle of the morning: After they’ve eaten and had time to play or train.
  • After lunch: They’ll take advantage of their free time to digest their food. At this point, their bodies are a poop factory.
  • After dinner: This is another perfect time to digest food and information.
  • At night: One last opportunity to process the events of the day before dozing off.

Why is it necessary for my puppy to have a sleep schedule?

A regular sleep schedule or set nap times give your puppy a chance to reset and start learning and growing again.
Other reasons they require a sleep schedule include:
  • In order for them to be less fractious and irritable. We’re sure you’ll understand.
  • If you follow the advice above, they’ll be less likely to bite and mouth you.
  • They’ll be able to process all of the new information they’ve absorbed throughout the day with time.
  • It allows you to take a break from them. This isn’t meant to be condescending, but you’ll find that taking a break during your puppy’s naps will help you relax as well.

Will my puppy require less sleep as he or she grows older?

Yes! Although your puppy will sleep less as it grows older, keep in mind that even adult dogs sleep a lot. Consider Grandpa George.

Is it necessary to wake up my puppy for potty breaks?

Certainly not during the day. Please keep in mind that the schedule we’ve laid out for you is only an example; your puppy may wake up sooner or later than indicated on the schedule. Just make sure they get a toilet break afterward.
There’s no need to wake them! It’s best to leave your puppy to sleep if they’re sleeping; they clearly need the rest.
Your puppy will let you know what they require at night. They’ll probably wake up in the middle of the night for a toilet break, but if they don’t, set the alarm for 5:00 a.m. for a quick trip to the bathroom. Trust us when we say you don’t want to wake up to the smell of fresh pee.

Puppy Training Schedule Frequently Asked Questions

What should be the first thing you teach your puppy?
The following are the first things you should teach your puppy:
  • Toilet Instructions
  • Training in a Crate
  • Taking care of
  • Their name is
  • Exercises in Life Skills or Obedience Sit, recall, and down are the best options.
You can wait until later to teach them tricks.
At what age should I start puppy training?
The right time is as soon as you get them home. As you can see, age isn’t as important as you might think. Just make sure they’re old enough to leave independently of their mother!
What is the best way to train my puppy?
You might want to check with yourself when answering this question. Order your workouts based on what you consider to be the most important aspects of your lifestyle. Most of the time, it goes like this:
Toilet Training: It appears that not having poo in the living room is a popular choice.
The name of your puppy: so they know it’s them and not the wall you’re talking to.
Crate or confinement training: This is a great way to start acclimating them to being away from you. And, more importantly, to persuade them that the world will not end when you’re gone.
Handling: It’s always a good idea to show them that hands are friends, not chew toys.
How long should a puppy’s training session last?
There are three basic guidelines to follow when determining the length of a training session for your dog:
  • To accommodate their short (but sweet) attention span, keep it to no more than 5 minutes.
  • Spread out your lessons throughout the day. This will help them retain more information while also strengthening your bond.
  • Repetitive: Practice leads to improvement, and progress leads to perfection. Okay, no one expects you to be perfect, but you get the idea.
What socialization training can I do at home if my puppy can’t go out yet?
Don’t even get us started — there’s plenty to go around!
While they wait to go outside, you can engage them in the following training activities:
  • Making a puppy adventure box 
  • Consider tiles: your welcome mat, the grass in your garden, the bath mat… There’s a lot of room for creativity here.
  • Getting to know new people: We’re sure your friends are eager to meet your puppy. Having them over (two by two is best – you don’t want to overwhelm your puppy) is a good way to explain to them that there are other people on the planet besides you.
  • Watch the world go by: From a safe distance, they take in the wonderful outdoors until they’re able to get the full experience. Going for a drive is another good way to do it while also raising the level of enjoyment. Who doesn’t enjoy putting their head out the window?
  • Using different plants, fruits, or materials to introduce new scents is a good idea. Please don’t expose your sweaty pits.
  • Play dress-up with your family members to gain your puppy’s trust while wearing various outfits, hats, and possibly a wig or a costume. He’ll probably run into a lot of people who look, dress, and act differently in life, so he’d better get them on board.
  • Visiting the vet: Going on short field trips with the vet is a great time to start building positive associations with the veterinarian.