Three - Haste Makes Waste
Here are common
mistakes that people make in the first week with new puppies.
1. Not establishing a schedule and
routine from Day 1 to help the puppy learn faster.
2. Physically punishing puppies for mistakes in the house instead of
preventing them with 100% supervision.
3. Not feeding a premium puppy food, leaving food and water down
instead of providing meals and stopping all access after 6pm during
the first 14 days (Input = Output.)
SAMPLE SCHEDULE - Rule of thumb: pups can "hold it" for
one hour longer than their age in months.
6:00 am - carry from the kennel to the elimination
area. If no elimination back to kennel, if
elimination, play time.
6:15 am - use first five kibbles for "learn to earn" training, then breakfast in the kennel
6:30 am - back out to the elimination area. After
elimination, play time indoors or walk.
7:30 am - back into kennel with a safe, engaging
chew toy (If you are home, keep pup indoors on leash
11:00 am - carry pup out to potty area, treat, play session, kennel
(If working, come home for lunch.)
5:30 pm - carry pup out to potty area, treat, walk, "learn to earn" train,
feed dinner, potty.
6:00 pm - indoor supervision (confinement) on leash with you, on a mat,
calm praise for chewing on toy and "settled" behavior, puppy walked out to potty area every two hours
- play after potty, confinement after "no potty"
10:00 pm - last potty break before kenneling for night (best in your
*Alternative to kenneling during the day is a small area like a bathroom
or exercise pen in the kitchen with potty pads, open kennel, a good chew
toy and 2 toys rotated daily OR a puppy daycare or
veterinary daily board.
Parenting Tips™ for Puppy