Chip Tips: Puppy Schedule
Our fifth topic in our “Chip Tips” puppy training series is establishing a schedule with your puppy!
Establishing a routine with your puppy is very important. Your puppy needs to learn the routine and house rules as soon as he comes home. Remember, your puppy is not a mind reader! He needs you establish a consistent routine, and teach him the house rules.
Before you enter the home, take your puppy to his designated potty spot or for a short walk so he has an opportunity to relieve himself. Next, head inside and show him the main area he will be in during the day. This is also a good time to show him his crate. Leave the door to the crate open, and have a treat and a Snuggle Puppy ready to go inside the crate. (More on the Snuggle Puppy later!).
Your puppy will need to use the bathroom often! Set your alarm for every hour, so you don’t miss it! When it is potty time, take him to his potty area and tell him “Go Potty!”. When he goes, make sure to give him lots of praise and reward him!
Once your puppy has gone to the potty, it is a good time to play! After some playtime, take him to his potty area again before putting him in his crate or safe play area.
After suppertime, take away any leftover food and water. Your puppy will need a few hours to digest his food before going potty again before bedtime.
Once it’s bedtime, take him to his crate where his Snuggle Puppy is waiting with it’s “heartbeat” turned on. Tell him “bedtime” or “crate” and give him a little treat inside. The crate should always be a positive thing, and never used for punishment. Close the door gently and walk away. It is normal for your puppy to fuss and cry. NEVER let your puppy out of the crate while he is fussing, or else you are rewarding that behavior!
The routine over the next few days will continue much the same. Once your puppy is relaxed and has a routine established, it is time to start with the socialization!
Our favorite store to buy a Snuggle Puppy from is Paws Pet Food in High River. The Snuggle Puppy is a great tool for a puppy, as it will help calm them by mimicking the comfort it would get from its mother and siblings, by providing a heartbeat and warmth. This can help your puppy not to feel lonely, and aid with separation anxiety.