What a Typical Day For a Puppy Should Look Like
So you've got yourself a new puppy. He's an 8 week old pup and you don't have the slightest clue as to how you are supposed to raise him. Well here's what a typical day for your pup should look like.
First Thing in the morning, naturally your puppy is going to have to go out immediately. The morning is the most predictable time that you can count on them doing their business outside, so you'll want to be there to reward them.
**Its not natural for puppies to know how to walk up and down stairs. Use small treats as motivation to encourage them every step of the way, until the stairs are no longer an obstacle for them.
With a young pup like this you'll want to take him out about once an hour or so. That communicates to the pup that outside is where you want him to do his business and nowhere else.
**The exception to that of course is overnight. You might have to get up in the middle of the night once or twice to them out.
**Every time your pup relieves himself outside praise them. Exaggerate as if they've won an Olympic medal.
Since puppies have a lot of stored up energy it is important that you deplete their excess energy early in the day. This will not only make them more obedient but more receptive to training.
**Dogs absorb new concepts best right after exercise.
Puppies this young should usually eat up to three times a day. You should get him in a schedule so that he's eating at the same time everyday.
**You might want to give him his last meal no later than five to six pm, so that he may have enough time to digest the food and go out and potty before bed time.
Spend up to thirty minutes a day training your pup. Break up the training into five or ten minute intervals. You want to make sure that your pup does not get bored or fatigued by the training so keep the sessions relatively short. You want to train with them in as many different environments as possible =. This teaches your dog that your in charge everywhere and anywhere, not just your home.
Teach your dog basic commands, such as sit, stay, come, no, and lay down. These basic commands are fundamentals to later more intermediate training.