Puppy Daily Schedule
7:00- 8:00 AM:
Morning Exercise (run around the yard during potty break, take a short walk, etc.)
Breakfast Time (check to see if your pup needs to potty again after breakfast!)
8:00- 10:00 AM:
Play time with you and/or a toy (the kids can join in here too!)
A short training session can happen during this time (your puppy is a baby and will learn best in short increments around 15 minutes or less!)
Bonding Time: your puppy will likely want to follow you around the house as you go about your day!
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM:
Nap Time (Puppies should sleep 15-20 hours/day at this stage!)
12:00 - 2:00 PM:
Let your dog follow you around as you go about your day!
You can add a short training session in here if you have time
2:00- 5:00 PM:
Afternoon Nap Time
5:00- 6:00 PM:
Wake Up from Nap
Exercise/Play Time (playing fetch, frisbee, walk, etc.)
6:00- 7:00 PM:
7:00- 9:00 PM:
Relaxation Time/Quiet Play
Brush the puppies' coat to prevent tangles, have them collect their toys and put them in their toy bin.
A Note About Sleep:
Puppies are like babies, they sleep a lot, and it is totally normal and necessary! Not getting your puppy adequate rest can result in an overtired puppy...this can lead to unwanted behaviors! If your puppy becomes too tired, his body will produce adrenaline to cope with the demands and stresses, which means the dog can't then settle down. If adrenaline builds up over a number of days, the stress hormones take much longer to get rid of, and you end up with a frantic puppy biting anything that moves. Common symptoms of an overtired puppy include: biting, excessive thirst, zoomies (running non-stop circles), barking, panting; licking lips, forgetting manners and commands, and more. Make sure to provide your pup with adequate rest to avoid these unwanted consequences!
The general rule of thumb for potty frequency is that a puppy can hold their bowels/bladder for one hour per month of age. So, a 2 month old puppy can hold it for 2 hours while a 4 month old puppy should be able to hold it for 4 hours! Keep this in mind as you determine where to put your pup when you leave the house. If you’re going to be gone less than 2 hours your pup can relax in the crate! If you’re leaving your 2 month old pup for 8 hours you’ll need to set up an area for your puppy for a longer amount of time (include a potty area, place to play , etc.) Baxter & Bella has some great videos to explain tips and tricks for this!