7 week old puppy
9:00p.m. - 11:00p.m. sleep in crate
11:00p.m. - to 11:30p.m. outside potty break, water and food
11:30p.m. - 1:30a.m. crate
1:30a.m. - 2:00a.m. pee, food and water break
2:00a.m. - 4:00a.m. crate
4:00a.m. - 9:00a.m. plays with husband and I til husband goes to work/ten minute walk
9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m. crate
11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. playtime with husband on his lunch break/ten minute walk
1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. crate
3:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. playtime, food, water, one hour walk, etc
We have been on this schedule for a week now and the puppy has gotten use to this so well already, he goes in his crate at the exact specified time, it is amazing
Just like children, puppies need structure and discipline (gentle discipline)
right after playtime (i mean right after) scoop him/her up and take them outside, right after crate time, scoop him/her up and take them outside straight away.
I've almost got my puppies movements lol down to a science:
pee's once and about 40 minutes later he pee's again, then an hour later he poops, and a half an hour later he pee's again, then he is good for a solid two hours.
When we first got him, he was pee'ing every ten minutes
We never structure water however we do structure feeding:
Humans eat first, then the puppy
We use treats for everything: he goes pee outside, we praise and give him a treat; he goes poop outside we praise him and give him a treat; he goes in his crate, we praise him and give him a treat. Now a week later, he is doing extremely well; he tells us when he needs to go outside, and he goes in his crate willingly; he will howl for about five minutes and then go to sleep in his crate.