Puppy Training Schedule: Creating Your Puppy’s Routine

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Updated - Mar 29th, 2022

Whether your puppy is a few weeks old or months old, it’s best to start developing a good training routine as early as possible. 

As you introduce your puppy to their new environment, there is a lot to learn. From leash training to potty training to basic tricks and commands, there is so much that goes into dog training. You might be wondering, “How am I going to fit this all into my day-to-day?”

We’re here to help! The earlier you get your puppy into a daily routine the better, so we’ve created a sample training schedule that you can adapt to your lifestyle. If you stick to a daily schedule, your puppy will be well on their way to becoming the happy, well-trained adult dog you know they can be.

Now let the puppy training begin!

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Sample puppy training schedule

Below we break down what a typical day could look like for your new puppy. Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all schedule, so we created this customizable training schedule you can adapt to you and your pup’s unique needs. Let’s dig in!

  • Wake and Potty Break: After you wake up, take your puppy outside to relieve themselves, and make sure to play and interact with them afterward! This is a great time to work on leash training.
  • Breakfast of Champions: Feed your puppy by leaving out a bowl filled with their favorite puppy food for only 15 minutes, to give them enough time to eat, but not enough time to graze. Wash their water bowl, too, and fill it up with clean water. Then, take away the food bowl until the next meal.
  • Post-Breakfast Potty Breaks: Your puppy will probably need to go outside again right after eating. Between breakfast, playtime, and training, all this activity will probably lead to a trip to nature’s toilet.
  • Mid-morning Nap: After eating and going outside for relief, it’ll be time for a puppy nap. It’s best for your puppy to take nap time in their crate, even if you’re home. Crate training will help them feel safe, learn how to control their bladder urges, and keep them contained when home alone.
  • Lunch Time: It’s time to feed your pup again. This should happen the same way that breakfast did – in between potty breaks and playtime, with no more than 15 minutes of the food bowl on the ground.
  • After Lunch Stroll: In between meal times, when the sun is shining at its brightest, it’s a great time to work on leash walking with your puppy. Your pup will always need another potty break, so be ready to reward their puppy needs with puppy training treats and lots of praise. This could also be a great time to visit a dog park to work on puppy socialization (only if they’ve gotten all of their puppy vaccines though!).
  • Mid-afternoon: After your stroll, your tired pup will likely need a nap again. Don’t be surprised if you find your puppy is sleeping a lot – they need rest to help them grow! And when they wake up, you guessed it…they’ll need to go potty again. Now, it’s playtime and training sessions and potty, again. It’s a good time to offer a chew toy and puppy kisses for good behavior.
  • Dinner: It’s dinner time for you and your puppy! Feed your puppy before or after you eat, but not at the same time. When you sit down for dinner, consider giving your puppy a chew toy in their crate, so that they don’t confuse your dinner time with theirs.
  • Evening: Another potty break! A good walk and lots of potty breaks are very important before going to bed.
  • Bedtime and beyond: A regularly scheduled bedtime makes house training easier. What time it is doesn’t matter, as long as it’s a routine. If your puppy is not yet able to make it through the night without peeing on your floor, set an alarm so that you can get up for a quick potty break. 

The sooner you establish a routine, the sooner your dog will learn the ropes and be on their best behavior. If setting a routine proves to be difficult, don’t sweat it! Consider taking some obedience classes or reaching out to a professional dog trainer for help. 

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Rachel Carp

Rachel is a copywriter and the favorite aunt of an adorable Cockapoo named Bentley.
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