Setting Schedules And Developing A Routine For Your New Puppy
A routine needs to be established because there are so many new experiences and factors to consider while selecting your puppy home. The structure can help your new dog’s family member feel secure and make him aware of what is expected of him. The best strategy is to create a schedule and adhere to it strictly. You should start training your new puppy in the first several weeks to have good manners. In addition to helping the puppy, a schedule also makes life easier for the family’s human members. Even though you won’t need to plan out every second of your dog’s day, there are a few critical instances where having a schedule might mean the difference between a well-behaved dog and mayhem.
When to Feed Your Puppy, Schedule
Unlike older dogs who only eat once or twice daily, most puppies need puppy food thrice daily. To make it easier for you to remember, plan his mealtimes around your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make that his water bowl is consistently spotless and filled with fresh water.
Plan restroom breaks
Every two to four hours, and after any change in activity, take your puppy outside on a routine. This will reduce accidents, which is essential during house training.
Playtime is important!
Your puppy needs exercise and interaction with you. A word of caution: While playing, learning new things, and running around the yard are all good for puppies, continuous, good exercise (such as long runs and jumping) is not. Depending on the breed, some experts suggest waiting until a dog is about a year old before starting intense exercise. Different dog breeds have different amounts of energy, growth rates, and ages at which the growth plates in their joints close. However, be sure to schedule play and exercise time into your puppy’s daily routine; bonding activities, neighbourhood walks, and time spent playing with toys go long ways to make stress. Multiple short sessions are preferable to one long one for a puppy.
Times of sleep and naps
Young puppies sleep most of the time; some will even sleep up to 16 to 18 hours daily. Plan peaceful nap times for him several times during the day. Family members, tiny children, should be instructed to learn his need for sleep. He needs to rest, please! You might need to put a crate in a quiet corner of the house so that he won’t be disturbed by any activity during his nap.
When it comes to evening, some owners set a specific time for their puppy to fall asleep. Others want him to sleep so they can sleep. It might be simpler to put a puppy’s bedtime and help him get used to the routine.
Does My Puppy Need to Get Up on a Schedule?
If you set a schedule, he’ll become more used to his new family and you. Even people find it easier to understand expectations when a routine is in place. Remember that mischief from a cute puppy or tiny “accidents” won’t seem as appealing when the dog is fully grown. The example schedule below may need to be adjusted to match your puppy, but it’s an excellent place to start.
Example of a puppy schedule
- In the morning, take the puppy outdoors so he may go potty. When he’s done with his business, please make some time to talk and play with him.
- Feed the puppy some food for breakfast. Give the food to sit down for no more than 15 minutes. After that, give the bowl and cease nutrition until the subsequent meal (except for small treats used for training). Fresh water should be added to the water dish.
- Immediately following puppy breakfast: Puppies usually need to go potty again, so give them another chance. Then, spend some time training or playing with your puppy. Even when everyone is scrambling to get ready for work or school in the morning, make time for a brief stroll so he can use the restroom one more time.
- Mid-morning: You may sleep away the rest of the morning in a dog crate or pen. Even if you are home during the day, your puppy has to spend some time in a box or enclosure. He will learn how to be by himself when it is essential. Furthermore, the puppy needs a place to go when you can’t instantly oversee him because you can never put what he’ll get up to when you take a little moment. If he is alone at home for some time longer than he can control his bowels or bladder, you should set up a pen with a spot for him to relieve himself. Alternatively, you can consider getting a pet sitter to take him for walks.
- At noon, he gets out of bed and repeats his morning routine by going outside. Lunch should be consumed after the meal, followed by another trip out. To help him get some exercise, spend some time training and playing with him. Don’t forget to use the restroom one last time before having your midday nap.
- Mid-afternoon: It’s time to depart the house once more when he wakes. It’s time to play and practice once more. Finally, a trip to the restroom. If you’re home, he can spend some time with you before dinner.
- Dinner: It will become second nature to feed him either while you prepare dinner or as the family eats if you schedule his mealtimes to coincide with your own. Please pay close attention, though, so you can take him outside as soon as he’s finished. Before the family sits down to dinner, giving the puppy a chew toy to enjoy in his crate is a good idea. He won’t trip anyone up this way, and nobody will be tempted to give him table scraps.
- A second trip to the bathroom in the evening! Early in the evening, a lot of interaction can take place. If you start playing with him before it happens, he might settle down because this is frequently the “witching hour” for puppies. If he doesn’t, even after a lot of exercises, give him a treat and let him settle in the crate for a while. Later, while out for a stroll in the evening, he gets some exercise and a chance to use the restroom. Make sure he uses the bathroom before bed as well.
- Bedtime: Setting a regular bedtime for everyone will ease the transition and aid in the child’s housebreaking. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 8 p.m. or midnight as long as it becomes a routine. Take him to his crate, where you can settle him to sleep for the night.
- At night, if your puppy is still unable to sleep through the night, set the alarm to make you wake up and take him outside for a quick, uninteresting potty break. It is best to wake up a little sooner than you think he will avoid responding to whimpering and barking. Return to bed so you may wake up ready for another beautiful day with your puppy.
By immediately establishing the routine, you’ll be well on your way to a happy, well-behaved dog. It’s worth devoting the time and chance now to take negative habits and behaviours from developing.