Puppy Schedule for 8-10 weeks old
8-10 weeks: Doggy Dan’s eat, toilet, activity, sleep routine.
When you first bring your puppy home it’s rather like having a new born baby turn up. One minute you could not see them and the next they are the center of your world. Establishing a schedule is vitally important. It makes sure your puppy develops certain patterns of behavior and knows what to expect, but also so you don’t end up being run-ragged 24×7.
I often have people say “Dan, I wish I had known just this one piece of information”. So often it’s the first few weeks of a puppy’s life at home that create the relationship you’ll have with the dog for life. So if the start is enjoyable, and you’re too not sleep deprived or ripping up smelly carpets or cursing when you find a tatty slobbered shoe, you will only love your dog more. I think we should set our pups up to win, not to fail, so a little preparation and routine is what’s required.
This schedule is based around somebody being present all the time. I strongly recommend that you arrange to be home for a couple of weeks to establish some routine with your puppy from the very start. As you will see from the schedule below the training starts on Day 1 at 8 weeks old ! Of course there are alternative options and you will need to adapt this to suit you and your situation however here is my schedule that I have stuck to with great results. I have broken the schedule into 4 different activities…
Eating – Moses is fed 3 times each day at the moment
Toilet – Rather than mark down every toilet stop I shall simply say that when he is up and about he is taken outside every 30 minutes. He can sleep during the day for an hour or two without going. During the night I have marked on his toilet stops. Moses usually does a poo within an hour of each meal, and also during the night. After his first poo he will often go again within 5 minutes so it is best not to race back inside! So to summarise… Moses will go toilet approximately 25 times each day, which is why it is great if you can be around to place him on the grass each time !
Activity – This is when he is simply up and about, (not necessarily moving around) usually it will consist of a 10 minute casual walk around the garden followed by 20 minutes of awake time interacting with Peanut and Inca, ourselves or his toys and then a 30 minute lie down (possibly snoozing!)
Sleep – when Moses is in his crate or pen usually asleep
8-10 week Puppy Schedule
6am – Wake Moses up and toilet! (I wake him up before he starts to bark – a smart trick) Activity – This first hour Moses is allowed in Peanut and Incas’ bed and climbs under the blanket with them so he is almost still asleep
7am – Activity
8am – Eat and Activity
9am – Sleep
10am – Activity
11am – Sleep
12am – Activity
1pm – Eat and Activity
2pm – Sleep
4pm – Activity
5pm – Sleep
6pm – Eat and Activity
7pm – Sleep
8pm – Activity till bed time so he is tired and wants to fall asleep
10pm – Last toilet and then Bedtime
2am – Toilet stop in the middle of the night (Moses will often do a poo)
In total an 8-10 week old puppy may sleep for up to 18 or even 20 hours per day so don’t be alarmed if they seem to be taking things easy and count your blessings!
On the other hand if I see that Moses is not tired or is up and raring to go I will adapt the schedule. However it is loosely based around the above. Below you can see how many videos I’m adding to the video diary of Moses as he grows up. This is called Project Moses, and these are of him between 8 and 10 weeks. All available on my membership site, theonlinedogtrainer.com.
If your puppy is a bit older, or you have a second, more mature dog in your home, I encourage you to check out how I trained over 37,000 dogs with my program, The Dog Calming Code.
All the best,