How to Create a Routine for Your Puppy

by Riya Agarwal

Puppies, for the most part, don’t have a strict routine, despite the fact that they do have an internal body clock that distinguishes night from day. The kinds of puppy daily events that we underestimate, such as when to go to bed, when to get up, when they will be cared for, and when their walks will be, must all be learned.

Similar to raising a child, it’s important to establish routines for your pets so that they may follow a schedule that works for you. We should consider routine in four categories: eating, using the restroom, exercising, and sleeping. These are equally important and necessary for having a pet that is healthy and happy.

create a puppy routine


For what Reason does Puppy need Routine?

We should first talk about why your puppy needs a schedule. Every time an energetic puppy moves into a new house, it’s amusing to note that they are making an effort to understand and acclimate to their new environment and family. Setting up a routine is very important when potty training because it promotes healthy eating habits, boosts your child’s confidence, and strengthens their relationship with you. A pattern makes your puppy’s surroundings less startling, which causes them to automatically relax more because they know what’s coming up next. Rehashed schedule inconsistencies can cause erratic bathroom usage, poor food habits, and even the development of more obnoxious behaviors like extended yapping or nipping. Young pups have a shorter term memory, thus repetition plays a huge role in helping them learn, which is something that a timetable facilitates. The first step is to choose a family-friendly schedule and start incorporating your puppy into it as soon as possible! If you can’t follow it exactly every day or have a few days that seem a little different, try not to stretch. No matter how well you stick to the timetable or how much is reasonable to expect, you’re doing fantastic. Fortunately, puppies pick up on routines and learn new ones quite quickly. Enjoy the benefits of this to your advantage.


Create a Routine for your Puppy

Even while it may seem like a lot of work to establish a daily schedule for a puppy, doing so can help your dog change more quickly and behave better. Puppies on a strict schedule are less likely to have accidents within the home and may respond better to training.



A puppy has to be consistently fed at least three times per day. The simplest way to establish a mealtime schedule for your dog is to align his meals with your own breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Depending on their size and breed, older dogs only need a few meals per day. If your new puppy is already an adult, or if your puppy is still growing, it’s a good idea to see your veterinarian about how much and how often he should eat each day.

Feed your Puppy


Potty Time

Taking your dog outside to use the restroom is another important routine to maintain! This is crucial for successful toilet training, especially for an active puppy. Your puppy should first go outside more regularly as they learn when and where to go, and as they mature, they become capable of retaining it for longer periods of time. Young pups need to go outside for pee breaks frequently during the day, although older dogs can hold it longer. When planning a timetable for your dog, keep this in mind. Your attempts to break into houses will significantly improve if you schedule this. If dogs can consistently predict when they will be able to go outside and relax, they won’t be able to resist.


Play Time

Exercise and playtime are crucial for your dog’s physical health as well as his mental and emotional well-being. Regular exercisers are often more content and less likely to experience behavioral problems. Naturally, playtime is a fantastic way to bond with your dog as well.

The optimum time for play and collaboration is when you have a few minutes to spare, but it’s important to fit this into your dog’s day as well.


Add Training Time in puppy routine

Consistently incorporating training time into your dog’s schedule is a great idea. It improves its behavior and gives it some mental stimulation.

Training sessions are quick (around 10 minute) sessions you set up a few times a day to work on a certain skill, like critical orders. This is a remarkable technique for teaching a dog new behaviors and supporting them.


Rest/ Sleep

Compared to people, dogs need a lot more sleep. Puppies that resemble children actually require up to 18 hours of sleep per day. While it’s important to let your dog take breaks throughout the day, it’s equally important to establish a bedtime routine if you want him to sleep when you do and not wake up during the night. You might have to shorten his afternoon naps if he stays awake throughout the night and keeps you awake.

Puppy Taking REST


Make a Chart

Create a chart for your family members to prevent confusion and guarantee that everyone is in accord. It might be helpful to use a board so that members of your household can note when your dog last went potty and ate. So, everyone can see at a glance what your small dog needs.

Time   Puppy Routine
7:30Wake, toilet, play/training session
9:00Toilet, brief play/training session
11:002nd meal
12:00Toilet, social/environmental activity
14:00Toilet, brief play/training session
15:003rd meal
16:00Toilet, social/environmental activity
18:00Toilet, brief play/training session
19:004th meal, sleep
20:00Toilet, handling/grooming session
21:00Toilet, sleep
22:00Toilet, play session
23:00Toilet, bed

Obviously, the timings are customizable to fit your lifestyle, but the alternating periods of activity and relaxation, as well as the predetermined intervals between meals, are an important part of a balanced and anticipated routine that will promote the healthy development of your puppy and become a member of your family.

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