A schedule for your puppy

We have already covered your schedule. You may be a busy professional or a daily traveler. Either way, you don’t have a lot of time to mess around. Your schedule must be tightly packed for efficiency, and your dog training must be the same. This is why having a good schedule is a necessity. Here is a general schedule to start with:

Weekdays and Weekends:

Time of day

Goal

Training

Approximate time

Before work

Feeding, letting dog out, playtime

· Out of crate

· Sit for collar/leash

· Heel

· Wait at door for “release”

· Urinate in proper spot

· Return to house

· Sit for leash removal

· Sit for food/release to come eat

· Free supervised playtime

· Repeat of outside walk

· In crate

60 minutes

Mid-day (if possible)

Letting dog out

· Out of crate

· Sit for collar/leash

· Heel

· Wait at door for “release”

· Urinate in proper spot

· Return to house

· Sit for leash removal

15 minutes

Immediately after work

Feeding, Letting dog out

· Out of crate

· Sit for collar/leash

· Heel

· Wait at door for “release”

· Urinate in proper spot

· Return to house

· Sit for leash removal

· Sit for food/release to come eat

· Repeat of outside walk

· In crate

30 minutes

Mid-evening

Formal training

· Out of crate

· Sit for collar/leash

· Heel

· Training for basic commands: sit, heel, stay, come, release, basic handling

· Repeat of outside walk when finished

· In crate

· Young puppies should eat three times a day. If your puppy is under six months, this is a great time to get in his third meal of the day.

45 minutes

Late evening

Playtime

· Out of crate

· Free supervised playtime

· Repeat of outside walk

15 minutes

Time of day

Goal

Training

Approximate time

Morning

Feeding, letting dog out, playtime

· Out of crate

· Sit for collar/leash

· Heel

· Wait at door for “release”

· Urinate in proper spot

· Return to house

· Sit for leash removal

· Sit for food/release to come eat

· Free supervised playtime

· Repeat of outside walk

· In crate

60 minutes

Mid-day

Letting dog out, formal training

· Out of crate

· Sit for collar/leash

· Heel

· Wait at door for “release”

· Urinate in proper spot

· Return to house

· Sit for leash removal

· Free supervised playtime

· Training for basic commands: sit, heel, stay, come, release, basic handling, socialization

· In crate

60 minutes

Early evening

Feeding, letting dog out

· Out of crate

· Sit for collar/leash

· Heel

· Wait at door for “release”

· Urinate in proper spot

· Return to house

· Sit for leash removal

· Sit for food/release to come eat

· Repeat of outside walk

· In crate

30 minutes

Late evening

Playtime

· Out of crate

· Free supervised play time

· Repeat of outside walk

30 minutes