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Can anyone give me an example of a daily puppy schedule.. Hour by hour. I want to create consistency. We have no idea how long the phpoy should sleep in the day and he never seems to be able to calm himself even when he does look tired e.g he's yawning. He just can't seem to wind down. Obviously know it includes a lot of time with puppy but at the moment there's never any time to do other stuff unless he's asleep and then we have to creep around the house to not disturb him. Any help would be great. He's been in the house 5 days and need some consistency
 

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Hi there, there's not really much of a schedule I'm afraid, some pups sleep through better than others, and some cotton on to things like toilet training a lot more quickly. The only real schedule time wise is that they are fed four times a day at this point, other than that, just use the time to let them play, and start to train the basics, toilet training, sitting and waiting for food, discouraging biting, jumping up and pulling. They do sleep a lot, but they need to, like any youngster they are still developing at a fast rate, and that means lots of sleeping, mixed with eating, pooping, peeing and mad half hours.
 

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A puppy schedule! Really that's for the individual household, what we want from our pup. There is no overall schedule, I tend to have a schedule for house training, a schedule for training, a schedule for resting, a night time schedule, and so the list goes on! But they are schedules which suit me, my lifestyle and my future needs of a working gundog who is also my friend and companion.

First a truism. Puppies are hard work, and Labradors can be harder than most! But it does get easier.

Puppies, like young children are not endowed with patience! It's all "Me, me, me!" and "Now, now, now!" And again like children they can get quite fractious when tired. As you have found, given the option they are a perpetual motion machine, everything has to be seen and everything has to be sampled in their mouth!

I'm old! Was around in dogs many years before dog crates were invented, and was totally against them when they first appeared! But then I had a puppy who destroyed my kitchen floor, and for domestic harmony I brought one, and was so surprised! My pup, once she got use to it loved it! But it also made things so much easier. Dogs are reluctant to foul their nest so it helps with house training. But remember it is your responsibility to ensure your pup has done all he needs to do before putting him in there, so he is not destressed and desperate to spend a penny! But I like to develop a routine of an hour's rest in the crate from 1pm to 2pm, and also in the evening from 7pm to 8pm. Puppies initially are not keen on the idea, but they need to accept that humans make the rules, not dogs!

People often tell me, "My dog has no patience." But interestingly patience has to be learned. People think a working gundog is on the go all day, but nothing is further from the truth. Most of the day they are quietly sitting beside their owner waiting for something to happen. Cultivate patience. I take my pups to the local park. They have a run around then I'll slip the lead on and sit on a seat with them and watch the world go by. Almost invariably somebody will stop for a chat, which is all good training, sitting quietly beside me while I discuss the weather!

Really, it is down to you to decide what you want from your dog, and to use gentle guidance to achieve it.

Below is my Amy demonstrating patience at work. :)



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Hi, I agree with John in his advice. I got a new puppy in January, my first for 14 years, although I also have a 9 year old black Labrador ( a rescue). I too was a bit apprehensive about a crate but it’s a life saver. I found the following schedule which I broadly adhered to:
  • 7:00 a.m.: Wake up and take dog to the toileting area
  • 7:10 – 7:30 a.m.: Free time in kitchen — Let them play unsupervised for 15 – 20 minutes when you know they have an empty bladder/bowel
  • 7:30 a.m.: Food and water
  • 8:00 a.m.: Toilet area (Always after eating/drinking)
  • 8:15 a.m.: Free time in kitchen
  • 8:45 a.m.: Crate confinement
  • 12:00 p.m.: Food and water
  • 12:30 p.m.: Toilet area
  • 12:45 p.m.: Free time in kitchen
  • 1:15 p.m.: Crate confinement
  • 5:00 p.m.: Food and water
  • 5:30 p.m.: Toilet area
  • 6:15 p.m.: Crate confinement
  • 8:00 p.m.: Water
  • 8:15 p.m.: Toilet area
  • 8:30 p.m.: Free time in kitchen
  • 9:00 p.m.: Crate confinement
  • 11:00 p.m.: Toilet area and crate confinement overnight
Having an older dog has helped, both with mentoring as well as socialising in these difficult times. My puppy is now nearly 6months old and having the extra time to give him training has helped. The biggest problem is separation anxiety, but again having the older dog is helping. Now he’s older he’s getting more time around other parts of the house but he still recognises his crate as his own space.
 
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