Congrats! You’re getting a new puppy OR you’ve just brought your new puppy home! It’s a very exciting time in the life of new fur parents…but figuring out how to integrate a new puppy into your daily life isn’t always as easy as spending time cuddling on the couch and playing with toys in the backyard.
I know from experience as I’ve brought many new puppies into my home over the years! And, just like bringing a new baby home, I know how quickly things can get confusing and overwhelming.
In an effort to help set up new puppy parents for success, I’ve created my very own 8-week-old puppy schedule to help you set yourself—and your new canine companion—up for success and I’m going to share it with you today!
8 Week Old Puppy Schedule – What Is It?
Bringing home a new puppy is incredibly similar to bringing home a new baby. And while a puppy might not be as big of a transition as a new human would be, they both need a system or schedule put in place to thrive in your home!
Think about it for a minute…
If you’ve ever had a baby, or have a friend or family member that has kids, you know how important it is to have a schedule or chaos ensues. The new baby must eat every 2-3 hours. It’s important to ensure the baby has a certain number of dirty diapers throughout the day. And, of course, keeping your child on a sleep schedule is an absolute must if mom or dad plan on getting any sleep.
Your puppy needs the same routine every single day, or I guarantee you puppy parenthood will become much more difficult than it needs to be.
That’s why I’ve created my 8-Week-Old Puppy Schedule: The Ultimate Guide to Training Your New Puppy. BTW this is an update of my older post: Puppy Schedule for 8-10 Weeks Old
Having a puppy schedule in place from the day you bring your puppy home (usually around 8 weeks of age) IS THE KEY to helping create a solid foundation for your pup as they grow into a mature dog. And I’m so excited to share with you my puppy schedule, including videos from my very own Project Moses Video Diary!
What’s the optimal schedule for your new pup? Keep reading to find out…
A Little Disclaimer…
In an effort to provide you with the most comprehensive puppy schedule possible, I’ve packed a lot of information into an hour-by-hour puppy schedule.
I know, it might look a little overwhelming. The schedule might even make you think “How is it humanly possible to stick to such a routine week after week?”
I want you to know one thing before you scroll any further…
I 100% understand that you have a life outside of your puppy. Between kids and jobs and other activities, it’s not always possible to provide your puppy with 100% of your attention week after week, month after month.
The goal of this schedule isn’t to overwhelm you. It’s to give you a solid framework that you can work off of. It’s designed to help educate you on how to best set up your puppy’s day with everything from feeding schedules to potty training.
My advice is that you do as best as you can to stick to the schedule when you first bring your new puppy home. And, as your puppy gets older, understand that they WILL become more independent and require a less structured schedule.
You may not be able to follow this schedule completely, but I guarantee it will be an incredibly helpful resource that will enable you to set your puppy up for success as you make the transition into puppy parenthood!
Doggy Dan’s 8-Week-Old Puppy Schedule: Simplifying The Puppy Parenting Process with the PEES Structure
If you look online for puppy schedules, you can easily become overwhelmed by the amount of information available…not to mention the complexity of some of the schedules put out there.
It’s no wonder people give up on routines after only a few days of putting them into practice.
Here’s the good news…the ultimate puppy schedule can be broken down into 4 main needs….
…otherwise known as the PEES structure!
As you’ll find out, a lot of your puppy’s schedule will revolve around potty breaks, so it’s my hope that you will find this acronym easy to remember!
The structure also breaks down the four most important parts of your puppy’s day, and the order in which these activities should occur to set your puppy up for success.
Down at the bottom of this article, you’ll find my hour-by-hour schedule that clearly outlines when these activities should take place!