Your puppy needs a schedule. Sure, you can let them run around supervised and hope for the best, but if you make a schedule for your developing dog then your best friend can be well-mannered, happy, and will certainly know a trick or three. Is it difficult, though? Today we are going to discuss creating your own puppy training schedule so that your furry friend gets a good education (and you two get to share a lot of fun time together, too!). If you are ready, let’s discuss!
12 week old puppy schedule
A 12 week old puppy is starting to develop habits and preferences so this is a great time to create a schedule. It’s also a very, very cute age. So is puppy really ready to start learning tricks?
Weaning at 12 weeks
If your puppy has been weaned between 10 and 12 weeks of age then yes, this is an excellent time to begin imprinting behaviors. Your pup has learned socialization from the other pups, bite control, and many other useful skills. Your job is to build on this foundation to ensure that your new best friend knows the rules of the house and how they are expected to act and integrate with the family. This is not something that they can learn alone!
Crafting a training schedule for a 4 month old puppy
At 12 weeks/4 months old your puppy will need an assortment of training in their schedule. They will need to socialize. Your puppy will need to be potty trained. You will have to teach things like table manners and not to pick on smaller members of the family. There is some serious work to put in at the beginning but if you and your puppy muscle through it then the results can last a doggy lifetime. So, how do you put together a training session? We’re glad that you asked!
Puppy training schedule template
You will need to modify it in order to accommodate your own personal schedule, but here is an example of a schedule that you can use to train your fuzzy little friend: Be sure to freeze a filled kong-toy to have handy and note that this training schedule assumes that you are having your pup sleep in a crate as potty-training.
- Wake up! – First thing in the morning you will want to take your puppy out to go to the bathroom. Try to give them a treat as soon as they go to reinforce this behavior.
- Breakfast – Feed your puppy and yourself breakfast and have a cup of coffee if you like.
- Quick walk – Time for another walk outside and don’t forget to give puppy a treat when they do their business. When you get back, give your puppy a filled, frozen kong toy to snack on while you shower(frozen the night before).
- Shower time – While the cute little furball is busy with the kong toy you can take your shower. It might be best to leave them in the crate with the toy to avoid wandering, as the little fellow can get easily distracted.
” Give a treat as soon as they start going to the bathroom.”
- Playtime before work – This is a good time to practice commands such as ‘sit’, ‘lay down’, or ‘come here’. Practice in sessions that go from 3-5 minutes at a time but no longer. Training sessions that are too lengthy can confuse and frustrate both you and puppy so it is best to keep these sessions short. Place puppy in the crate and you are ready to go to work!
- Lunchtime – You or a friend will want to come home to feed and take doggy for a walk. Don’t forget to give a treat as soon as they start going to the bathroom. After the walk is a good time for a little more training, just keep the commands simple and remember no more than 3-5 minutes. Doggy goes back to the crate afterward
- Dinner – Take doggy for a walk and don’t forget the reinforcement treat! Once your doggy gets used to going on schedule then you can start to wean them off the treats but for now they are very important. After you get home you’ll want to feed them and then provide a frozen kong for when you are feeding yourself.
- Evening play – After dinner is a great time to let doggy have some supervised play. You can join in by throwing a ball for them and adding in a few last training sessions for the day. As the dog learns more commands you can modify what you are teaching, eventually moving on to tricks like ‘fetch’ during outdoor sessions.
- Bedtime -A quick walk outside for the bathroom and then it’s time for your doggy to go to their crate for bed! Repeat this schedule in the morning and continue until your puppy has learned their new routine.
While it’s a lot of work at first, getting your puppy used to the basics is very important and this training will stick. So be sure not to neglect this portion of your puppy’s education. Later when they have their routine down you can phase out the crate and replace it with a puppy bed. Then it’s time to move on to more complex (and less time consuming) training!
Today we have discussed setting up a training schedule for your 4 month old puppy. The template that we have provided is fairly ‘bare-bones’ so that you can use it as a foundation to tailor something that works with your schedule. However you work it, just be sure that the potty training portions are followed with regularity, as ‘accidents’ in the house lead to frustrations on the part of you and your puppy and are going to be the hardest part of this training. Once it is out of the way you two can proceed at your own pace together!