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Puppy Crate Training Schedule

Puppy Crate Training Schedule

This Puppy Crate Training Schedule is a great way to potty train your new puppy and help the whole family adjust at the same time.  We used this crate schedule when Rocky came home and I was able to have him fully Potty Trained in two weeks!

This is a basic guideline for house training your puppy.  If your work schedule or lifestyle doesn’t allow this schedule then you need to use the basic guideline of letting your puppy out of the crate approximately every 2 1/2 hours and 1/2 hour after feeding.

When you bring home a new puppy you must give your puppy rest periods in the crate and you must watch your puppy at all times when out of the crate.  I was told by our trainer to think of a puppy just like you would  a baby.  Don’t hold the baby when it sleeps or it will get used to that and the same goes for a puppy.  Puppies need “rest time” and by resting in their crate they are getting used to it and feel comfortable there.

The best tip I can give you is to take a week of vacation if at all possible when you bring home a new puppy.  Also, keep with the same food that your puppy came home eating.  If you want to change foods do it slowly by mixing the old food with the new brand in a 75/25 ratio – to 50/50 and finally 25/75 until their digestive system gets used to the new food.

By following this schedule you will be able to potty train your puppy.  We were able to train our puppy in less than 2 weeks 100% by following this schedule.  By day 3 he had no accidents in the crate and very few in the house after day three.

Puppy Crate Training Schedule

7:00 am – Wake up and go out

7:15 am – Free time (must watch at all times)

7:30 am – Food and water (pick up food when finished)

8:00 am – Go out

8:15 am – Free time (must watch at all times)

9:30 am – Confine for rest period

11:15 am – Go out

11:30 am – Food and water (pick up food when finished)

12:00 – pm – Go out

12:15 pm – Free time (must watch at all times)

1:45 pm – Confine for rest period

3:30 pm – Go out

3:45 pm – Free time (must watch at all times)

5:00 pm – Food and water (pick up food when finished)

5:30 pm – Go out

5:45 pm – Confine for rest period

8:00 pm – Go out

8:15 pm – Water only (pick up the water for the night when finished)

8:30 pm – Free time (must watch at all times)

11:00 pm – Go out and confine overnight


Puppy Crate Training Schedule

Puppy Crate Training Schedule

Do NOT be tempted to get your puppy out of the crate if it cries or whimpers.  A tip is to cover the crate with a blanket during confinement so that  your puppy will rest peacefully.  It may be best to place the crate in a location in your house where it will be isolated and not easily disturbed.  When you take your new puppy out of the crate from confinement go immediately outside.   I suggest that you have your coat on and leash in hand before opening the crate so that you avoid an opportunity for an accident, this is especially helpful during inclement weather.

This schedule works really well when you stick to it!  Good Luck!

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  1. sandy weinstein says

    love your puppy. i have 3 min. schnauzers…..please do more pictures of rocky….they grow up so fast…..take lots of pictures…..could you just eat him up….so cute

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      I take pics almost every day – I love him so much :-) Thanks!!! I would love to see pics of yours too!

  2. Keisha says

    Hi! Thanks for the article. When you say “confine for rest period” did you mean leaving her inside the crate? Or just inside the house? Thank you!

  3. Ilene says

    I am a bit confused. It appears that you have 3 crate confinement times and many hours out of crate that require constant watch of pup. I too love schnauzers and have a 14 week old one. He is finally sleeping through the night. But even when I see that he has just peed outside, he will often still pee immediately when he comes in. Help

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Our pup didn’t have many accidents in the house using this schedule – you may need to start limiting water. Do you leave a bowl out all of the time?

  4. Jen says

    This looks like a great schedule….. I’ve been trying to follow a schedule that has much more crate time. We are on week 2 with a 2 month old puppy….I’m going to easy into this schedule. Thanks!

  5. Ross says

    Question: what do you do overnight? No potty breaks from 11pm-7am or do you take pup out as needed? Ours is 6 weeks old – not sure she can hold up for 8 hours. Thanks!

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      No breaks during the night but you can let your dog out at 5:00 am or 6:00 am if necessary. He was following this crate schedule at 10 weeks old.

  6. Judy McGuirk says

    Thank you for sharing this helpful information! I’ve never crate trained a puppy before, but have heard many positive results. I got a 7 week old Pomeranian puppy, Chloe Jayde on Valentine’s Day, so I’m very new with all of this. Lol! In fact, I’m laughing right now, as I realize that I’m breaking one of your “rules” right now by having her crate sitting on my coffee table where she is able to see me. Lol! However, she’s quite content and sleeping at this moment. I found your article whenever I was searching for a printable calendar to use to record her food, sleep, and potty times and schedule. I’ve read other articles about helpful and important it is to do so, at least at the very beginning. I realize that there will probably be variances with the schedules, I did a copy and paste of yours above to have an example for me to go by. I appreciate you taking the time to share this information!
    Sincerely…and a dog lover, too!, Judy

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Thanks so much Judy. I know you and Chloe will have a lifetime of puppy kisses and love :-)

  7. Ms. P says

    I will be using this schedule in 2 weeks. I am home all day so I will have the time to train my puppies. I have one question. The next to last (8:30 Free time ) 11:pm go out. Does that mean they play from 8:30 to 11:pm???? I hope you get back to me as I am a little confused….Thanks & Please help me!!!!

      • Diana Mitchell says

        Just brought home a 15 week cocker spaniel. Screaming whenever being placed in his crate, although sleeps fine there usually after 15 minutes to one-half hour of ear splitting noise. My question is how do you keep them awake? Clings to me non-stop and sleeps.

        • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

          Engage with toys. I got down in the floor with my puppies and used it as play time with toys – try to keep engaging. Another tip is to place a t-shirt that has your scent in the crate to help with the crying.

  8. Katie h says

    I am going to try this tomorrow! I was curious to know how long it should take until the puppy finds this as a regular behavior and when they become trained, how do you go about leaving the crate out of it except to sleep in at night?
    Thank you :)

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      After the puppy is potty trained and having no accidents. For us that was around 3 months old.

  9. Aprill says

    Our dog is 12 weeks old and he is potty trained for the most part, but always has a poo accident when he is put in his kennel while I am at school. He also flings his poo outside if his kennel and steps and lays in it. We have tried using a divider to make the kennel smaller, and also a puppy pad on one side with a bed on the other, nothing works. He sleeps in the bed with us now. SUGGESTIONS, HELP.. PLEASE!!!

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      He is really too young to be sleeping in the bed with you. He needs to know that the crate is his “home” so by sleeping in the crate this will cause him to not “poop” in it. I hope that makes sense!

  10. Susannah says

    I’ve been trying to crate train my 9 1/2 week old beagle boy and haven’t been getting great results – even though I tried to start slow (I took several days off of work when we first got him and did all the usual recommended tricks to make him feel comfortable with his crate) he cries quite a bit every time we put him in it. So far we’ve been crating him overnight with potty breaks every few hours, and then I play with him in the morning, and then crate him while we’re at work (I come home for a short break at 10, and then at 12-1 on my lunch, and then my husband is home at 4). Then he’s out most of the evening with the exception that sometimes we crate him during dinner. We’ve also been letting him nap on our laps (he’s just so freaking cuddly!) I see now though that we’ve been doing a few things wrong. I’d like to get him over to a more regular/strict schedule like this one to improve the potty training (though our schedule will have to vary slightly due to work), but I think having regular crate times while we’re at home should help. Hopefully he warms up to his crate this way also…

    My question, though, is what do you do if he wants to sleep during one of the supervised play times? Try to keep him up, or put sleeping baby into the crate early?

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Try to keep him up. Rocky also wanted to sleep during one of his supervised play times so we had to keep him engaged and not be temped to let him sleep or be crated early. Hope that helps!

  11. Boz says

    Hi, did you found this schedule also provided a good foundation in daytime crate training itself? We are trying to crate train our 11 week old puppy and have been struggling with the recommended methods for getting him used to the crate (for periods when we are out of the house or I need to accomplish some tasks around the house). I found your post and yesterday did two daytime sessions in the crate, and last night at bedtime, for the first time, the puppy didn’t cry or bark at all when we put him to bed. Today I have fully switched to your schedule and am now on Rest Period number 1 (9:30am-11:15am) with about 15 minutes of crying barking whining and then fairly quiet. I am hoping this method may provide a solid foundation for crate training. Is this what you experienced, that this training schedule helped with crate training as well? Please let me know either way. Thank you so very much!

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Yes, this will help. It is normal that they will whine or bark for about 15 minutes (sometimes more) when you start this schedule. Just keep up with it and don’t cave in! :-)

  12. tiffany says

    We are going to try this with our 9 week old beagle we got two days ago. The first night he slept about eight hours straight with no accidents in his crate, but last night he whined and woke up constantly to use the bathroom and because he didn’t want to be in there.

    How long do you use this schedule for? Is there a certain age where he won’t need rests during the day but will still sleep well at night?

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      We picked up Rocky when he was 11 weeks old and we used this for 3 weeks until he was 100% potty trained and we crated him at night until he was 18 months old. We never leave him out of the crate when we are gone from our house. We have tested him a couple times for no more than 10-20 minutes and he goes to his crate and gets in when we were not home. He really loves his crate and I think it because we used this crate schedule.

  13. Boz says

    Update#1 from later in day 2 of trying schedule (8:31pm on May 30, 2014). Thank you so much. We couldnt believe it, just tonight during the scheduled third rest period (5:45pm-8:00), our washer broke and we unexpectedly had to go to home depot. My husband had come in the side door but we had to leave from the door by the crate. Boz was awake yet didnt make a peep! Every other time in last few weeks he has a fit and the last time we were gone for 1hr26min and he screamed and barked for all but 8min (we recorded him). Not only was our leaving tonight uneventful, our return was quiet and only when we were inside for a minute did he bark twice and then quiet. This is unbelievable and we think only because we followed your schedule. We know this is still the beginning but what success! Thank you so much! Update #2 (June 5, 2014): Wow – so now we are on day 8 and the change is amazing. For the most part Boz barely complains in his crate, and on several days we have had to put him in the crate for additional shorter periods (when appliance is delivered etc). Most astoundingly we humans have succeeded in ignoring any complaints he does have, lol, thus his complaining is always short lived! While only one day on your schedule resulted in no crying or barking when going to bed, last night was the very first night that he didn’t whine or make one peep at bedtime or through the entire night. He is still being taken out once in the middle of the night. No accidents in crate! As I do plan on eventually returning to work, being able to have Boz feel at home in his crate is key. Boz does consider his crate “his” at this point, and we are so grateful! and Holy Crap just seconds ago (we are in the 1:45-3:30 rest period) the doorbell rang and I walked right in front of his crate and opened the door to accept a postal delivery and even though he is awake he never made a peep. Amazing! Again, i know we are in the beginning of this process still but it has been invaluable. Thank you so very much!

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Wow! You have made my day! I am so happy that this puppy crate training schedule has helped you and your sweet Boz :-)

  14. Boz says

    Clarification: Since day one of trying your schedule, we have not had any barking or crying at bedtime crating. On day eight we also had no whining on bedtime crating, just silence! This schedule has given us sanity, it has been a great tool for us. Thanks.

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Thank you so much for sharing! We are so glad this schedule helped your puppy adjust and that you are enjoying having your sanity back :-) A new puppy is a huge transition!

  15. Boz says

    Final Update: Okay we are still on day 8 of the schedule but we have success. We went out tonight while Boz was in his scheduled rest period. While we were out we recorded audio of Boz in his crate. We were gone for 1 hour 18 minutes and Boz was completely silent for 1 hour 17 minutes! I am convinced this schedule gave us the foundation we needed. We highly recommend this schedule for both potty and crate training. Thanks so much.

  16. Davi says


    If I want to take my 10 week Cavalier for a 30 minute walk in the morning, how does that affect the timeline for the day? Does it mess him up for the day? He will come home in July, but I want to plan ahead.

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      I would wait until he is a little older before you take him for a walk. He will need to be trained on how to walk which takes a bit of time too.

  17. LaKeta says

    My sweet mini aussie is 7 weeks. I started this crate training schedule today…we’ve had her since late afternoon Friday. She has not cried or whined once since starting this schedule. I am a little concerned though that she doesn’t seem able to stay able wake quite as long as the free time/breaks are suppose to last??? I crated 5 times versus 3 because she just can’t keep her eyes open…do you think this will change as she gets able way little older? I’ve never crate trained a dog before…just want to make it a stress free experience for her and me :)

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Yes, I think additional crate times for her now are a good thing. When she is a little older try to keep her awake. My Rocky also wanted to sleep a lot at first too! Keep me posted!

  18. Ellie says

    My 4 month old puppy is not making any more mistakes in the house and never has in her crate (well, I’m not making more mistakes seeing the cues and her bladder control is great) and she is doing very well on all fronts except for one. She’s developed a bit of a problem with me leaving either the house or to go upstairs. She will whine and howl. I started putting a towel over most of the crate and that helped a bit because she likes to check if I’m still there and I do leave “special toys” like a kong that she only gets when I’m upstairs or gone. My boyfriend and I have the privilege of being with her all the time and we still like to give her plenty of regular alone time to teach her independence and just in case we end up needing to be gone. Most of what I’ve been reading has been saying to ease into leaving and desensitize slowly with frequent and brief bouts of leaving. I was wondering three things. Do you think it’s better to (i) leave her in the crate and leave the house and just let her howl or (ii) ease first into me being upstairs for the whole time and then ease into me being out of the house? Also, do you think I should completely cover her crate with a towel? As I said, I’ve covered the sides but not the front. Finally, do you think I should move her crate to an area of the house that isn’t so busy like upstairs in the walk-in closet or next to my bed where she sleeps at night? Right now, she is in the dining room/living room right next to the front door. Thank you so much for your post.

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says


      I would use a blanket and cover her crate completely so that there is no way for her see you leaving or light. Also, I would move it to an area that is not busy. We moved Rocky to our office because it is quiet and he doesn’t “see” or “hear” us leaving. It really helps with his anxiety to cover his crate completely and when it he is accidentally not completely covered it really upsets him. Also, the door bell and knocking on the door upsets him while we are gone and we are thinking of moving him upstairs because of that. Hope this helps!

  19. Julie Jackson says

    I am a new mommy to an 8 week old mini dachshund. Her name is Meranda but we call her Randa. I have had her for 3 days now and the sweet fun new baby feeling is over and though my family of 4 adores her, we know we must train her and get a routine so we have a life along with her life. I LOVE your schedule and rewrote it tweeked to up at 5:30 and quicker outside time after eating because she goes FAST with her little bladder! I have a quick praise and thrn a few questions.

    I jumped right in this afternoon after finding your tips and moved her kennel to a quieter place and completely covered her kennel for her afternoon quiet time and she literally whimpered 1 min. Usually its 15-30 min because i was leaving the front uncovered. Woohoo!

    1. How long do I maintain this schedule?

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Hi Julie,

      You should follow this schedule until Randa is fully potty trained or at least until she is 12-14 weeks old. I am so glad that this helped you!

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      You don’t need to make pitch black but I suggest using a dark blanket to cover the crate. I do close the blinds in the room and turn off light/close door.

  20. Amanda says

    Hi! We just got a 9 week old beagle/terrier 3 days ago and are trying to crate train. He whines so much at night and when I leave the house for short periods of time, slim looking for something that, with some work, will be quick and painless! Haha! I love this schedule and think it’s definitely something our family can do.

    My question is: where is the best place for the crate? Ours currently is in our living room (ultimately where we would like him to sleep because we have a 2 year old and I’m 14 wks pregnant). Is this an ok spot? Or should he be more “isolated” during the day during crate times? How did your family approach this?


    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      You should move your puppy to a quiet spot while crate training. I actually kept Rocky in my dining room and have now relocated him to my office. Hope this helps!

  21. Crystal says

    Hi there! I saw your post through pinterest and love all the great results everyone is getting!! I am getting ready to bring home a 10 week old Boston Terrier! Me and my 3 boys are very excited! We will definitely follow this schedule! Ive already printed a copy for everyone to go by :) My question is this…Do you think it would be ok to postpone the first feeding till a little later? I’m thinking I could get up and let him out before work, have a little free time and then re-crate till the baby sitter gets here and then she can continue with the feeding, etc, schedule. I’m just afraid I wont have enough time to get him fed and pottied before I have to leave for work! But I also don’t want to derail us if the order of the schedule is key!
    Any answers will help! Thanks so much for your tips!

  22. Crystal says

    Part 2 of my last post…. Just had a thought…maybe it would be better to treat that before work time like just a nighttime potty break- re-crate immediately and not overstimulate him until his day schedule can start without interruption. I just remember how much of a schedule control-freak I was with the kids and their naps! But it really did work!
    Thanks again in advance for your thoughts!

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Yes, I think this is the best option. You don’t want him to be really active without eating. He really needs his nutrients during this time and any exercise really stimulates a puppy. You can also alter the schedule to suite your needs but as soon as he eats it will be potty time shortly thereafter. Me too! I was super control freak with my sons nap schedule and by following this the same way with our puppy we had great results.

  23. Taj says

    Hi! I have a Mini Australian Shepard who is 14 weeks old. I am trying your schedule but I have one question for you. What do you suggest if our puppy doesn’t go potty when we take him out to go? I am home with him all day and most of the time when I take him out when your schedule says he won’t go. He usually goes later either inside the house or outside during his free time. Also after playtime do you let him drink water?

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      He may not need to potty every time but still take him out. Is he drinking a lot of water? Leave the water out all day except pick it up at 8:15 pm. Hope this helps!

  24. Taj says

    My friend told me that if he doesn’t go potty when I take him out to go I should put him back in his crate for 15 minutes and then try again and keep doing that until he goes. Do you agree? Or should I just let him have his supervised free time?

  25. ALB says

    Hi, we are currently having potty issues with our 5 month old Shetland Sheepdog is it too late to start using this method?


    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      No, it is not too late but you may want to take your pup to the vet to rule out a medical issue if it was potty trained already.

  26. Christina says

    hi! I just found your link on Pinterest! I have a twelve week old “Morkie” male. He never poops in the house but we are having difficulty with him peeing even though we take him out several times a day. Sometimes he pees outside and comes inside and within minutes pees on floor. Due to work schedules he is crated some days ( when my daughter can stop in and take him out for pee break) but other days he goes to doggy day care where he has zero crate time. Is this too confusing for him?

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Yes, he needs consistency. If you keep him on a dedicated schedule he will likely get the hang of controlling his bladder. Is she walking him long enough and seeing him pee outside before bringing him back in?

  27. Christina says

    He is not confined while he is in daycare. They have an open door policy where the dogs come in and out into a large fenced yard as they please. He is the youngest dog there. He is sleeping through the night in his crate with no problems so I know he has control of his bladder in that regard. He usually lets me know by whimpering if he needs out to poop.(never has a problem with that). We take him out to pee frequently when we are home but this doesn’t seem to cut down on the accidents in the house. Unfortunately I have limited options in regard to the daycare he attends. And I work, so some days daycare is my only alternative. Do you think if I follow your schedule on the days I am home and also on the days he is in daycare once he is home that we can resolve this? Thanks so much for your feedback!

  28. Emily Belcher says

    We’ve been on schedule today (first day, 10 week old golden doodle). She just had to go out an additional time during the second free time towards the end. She stood at the door. I assume that was okay as she would have gone in the crate? Thank you for your patience with me

  29. kim says

    thx for sharing this. i’m trying this now. question: for the “free time” if we are outside and our puppy is running around alot but she’s not allotted the potty time until a couple of hours later, do i just bring her in from the heavy exercise without letting her potty and crate her for the confinement period? usually puppies have to relieve themselves after heavy play and after taking in alot of water from being thirst while playing. i’d love to hear your thoughts. i get that the point of the schedule is to train the puppies to “hold it” for longer periods and by taking them to potty too many times prevents them from learning to hold it for set potty breaks. but still i’m wondering what you did when during the free periods before confinement your puppy was running around heavily and taking in alot of water…. thank you!

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Our vet and breeder told us not to allow our puppy to have excessive exercise until after they were potty trained. Just like a new born the puppy needs to be careful not to over exert plus there are concerns with blood sugar regulation with young puppies. Once potty trained I began to increase activity and allowed for additional water and also would take him out after. Hope that helps!

  30. Serina says

    i just want to say thank you so much for this! Just brought home a 7 week old lab/boxer baby boy and at first crate training was horrible. He’d just cry and cry. Tried this schedule and just a little whining now! It seems like he is warn out sooner than 11, any tips?

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Our puppy was also worn out before 11 and hard to keep him up but unless you want to get up earlier than the schedule to let him out then keep with this.

  31. Seleira says

    What do you normally do for the time allotted on free time? Is that supposed to be used for play time? I am having trouble with my puppy. I feel like I am playing too long with my puppy and she is still not satisfied. This makes it hard to get work/school work/home life done. I have a hard time balancing life and play time with my dog. What times should I dedicate solely to play time? How many hours do you typically use out of the day to play with your dog?

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Until your puppy is potty trained it will feel like you are devoting your day to your puppy BUT I promise you it will get better. Our 2nd puppy is 3 months old and he is potty trained but won’t normally lay in his bed and sleep or rest like our 2 1/2 year old pup does. That comes with age though. It is like having a newborn but they grow faster. I “play” with my puppy during all the times listed or when out of the crate. Using the rope tug toy and providing a chew toy helps.

  32. Seleira says

    Is the puppy allowed to roam the house during free time? Do I need to wait until she is fully potty trained to allow roaming of the house during free time? Can I still use this schedule forever even after the dog is fully potty trained?

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Never let an untrained puppy “roam” they must be watched at all times. We like to call it “high alert”. After you are 100% potty trained and you are sure you puppy is not going to be destructive you can leave “alone” without watching. I didn’t let my puppy stay alone in the house out of the crate until he was 2 years old and if we are going to be gone more than 3-4 hours I crate him to be safe. Yes, you can use this schedule forever but after they are potty trained they can go longer in the crate. Hope this helps!

  33. Kristen says

    Thank you so much for this article! It has been really helpful for a first time dog owner like us. I have a few questions though! We created a play area for our 8 week old Maltese. It includes his crate, lots of toys, and a pee pad in the farthest corner. We have had him for 3 days and he had been generally poopping outside but not peeing. We do not reward the pee pad pee. We try and catch him if he is sniffing or squatting and take him outside but sometimes we don’t make it. His schedule has been pretty good so far- he whimpers a little when we lock him in his crate and then goes to sleep. He has been waking up sporadically in the middle of the night and shakes the bars of the crate. We open it and he immediately pees on the pad. I can tell it’s a different whimper than normal. Do you suggest either leaving the crate door open all night so he doesn’t bark for us and can relieve himself or do we wake up when he shakes the crate and try and rush him outside? We live in an apartment high-rise so that involves us waiting for an elevator as well as a long walk down the hallway. We anticipate some pee pad use. Any suggestions would be helpful!!

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      No, I would not leave your puppies door open for any reason. The puppy can not be alone. What time are you cutting off water in the evening?

  34. Kristen says

    Also two more questions- do you let your puppy see you during the confinement time or just go away completely until its over? And during free time, do you have to play with him the whole time or can you watch TV, read etc. for part of it? We are work-from-home people so part of the day we will have to eventually do some work. Thanks for your help! I am new nervous mother haha

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Do not let the puppy see you during consignment. You can cover the crate with a blanket to avoid. Also for free time you need to have the puppy in your eye at all times. The puppy is being trained and will look for you to not be watching and in the blink of an eye will squat and go potty or get into something they shouldn’t. They are like a toddler who is potty training. As soon as your puppy is potty trained life will be easier for all. I work from home too!

  35. Heather Groshek says

    Hi! We just got an 8 week old cockapoo and he has been doing great during the night! He sleeps for about 2-3 hours and then has to get up for the bathroom but then goes right back to bed.

    We live in an apartment and the layout is a little tricky. We have his crate in our bedroom because it is the quietest area, both for the puppy and our neighbors in case he cries. However, his free time and play time area is in our kitchen because it is the only non-carpeted space. Should we move his crate into the kitchen during this time so he can have 100% access to it? The only real access he has is when we are crating him. He won’t really go in on his own yet but he doesn’t whine really until about 40-50minutes into the time.

    Also, what do you suggest for teaching him how to let us know he has to go out? I am worried that it will be confusing because he has to go through two doors to get outside, from the kitchen to our bedroom to the outside.

    Thank you!

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      I would not move his crate, that is too confusing to him. Always use the same language with him. We say “Do You Need To Go Outside” that is our phrase for going to the bathroom. My dogs don’t bark but they do go stand at the door when they are ready to go out – we did have some accidents at the door because they don’t “bark” but since we are always watching those accidents ended by 12 weeks old. I would carry him from your bedroom to the door until he “gets trained” to limit the doors he goes through.

  36. Kerri says

    Oh boy, I think I goofed somewhere. Things started off well for the first two days, but he’s now kicking up a stink and has been going strong with the whining for a good 10 minutes but I’m not giving in. When this happens is there a point I should give in or should I stick it out for the entire crate break duration? :(

    I don’t expect a response right away so I’m going to try and stick it out, but boy is my pulse racing. I live in a co-op so I hope my neighbor doesn’t think I’m abusing him. Admittedly he was awoken my her stomping and vacuuming upstairs from us. (Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale)

    Thanks for your thoughts

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Do not give in – I repeat do not give in. Your puppy is testing you. Are you covering the crate with a blanket and is the crate in a room away from the “action”. Even a bedroom closet might work well?

      • Kerri says

        Yes I have a blanket over the crate. He doesn’t cry if I’m in the same room as the crate and he can see me though. So I’ve been doing that BUT I realize I just fed separation anxiety :(

        I have the crate back in the bedroom. He’s barking and howling but I’m not giving in.

        Totally my fault as I wasn’t consistent about my approach and kept doubting myself.


  37. Melanie says

    I’ve been using this schedule today, but my dog wakes and whines before the rest period is up. Do I leave her? I have had her in soft cat carrier too since she came home and I was up 3-4 times a night, I can’t imagine she won’t want to still do that? I am not sure what to do with that. I will say the crate has saved some of my sanity, yesterday I was so stressed out and only day 2!

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Leave her. Do not get her out during the night or before the schedule. If you keep to it she will get used to it quickly. I would suggest getting her a crate ASAP too. How old is she?

      • Melanie says

        She is 9 weeks. I bought a crate today as I found myself losing my mind! Too much watching her. Will she not pee in the crate overnight then?

      • Melanie says

        My pup (Zelda) only woke once last night as opposed to 3-4.. This schedule is working so well and it’s only been 24 hours since we started it. I put the crate in my room with a fan running and a blanket over the crate. I actually had to wake her at her first rest time. She only whimpers for about a minute when put in the kennel but then I did have to fight hard to keep her awake the last half hour.

        Last night I had to go out for a few hours and it was right at the end of her last crate time. I didn’t know what to do and I had read about long term confinement spaces so I left her in my bathroom. I removed all danger, or so I thought. I came home to a chewed up baseboard! Would you recommend I had put her back in the kennel? So much to learn…

  38. Leah says

    i work Monday – Friday 8-5 and come home for lunch at 12:30-1:30. I have a 9 week old chihuahua that seems to be hopeless in training right now. What do you suggest for a work schedule like that! Help! :)

  39. Anna says

    Hi! We just got a 5 weeks blue heeler pup yesterday. I know it’s his kinda too young but his momma past away and I don’t have the heart to leave her or take her to pound so we decided to keep her (his from husband work). Do you think this schedule will work with him? I will be buying a crate for him today and some toys :) hope to hear from you soon :)

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      Yes, I do! They started using this with my puppies at that age. You may have to tweak it a little because he is so young. He may not be ready for toys quite yet. I am so sad to hear that his mom passed away. Bless you for taking her!

  40. RT says

    Sorry if this has been asked already…but we’ve been told by the shelter that it is not safe for puppy to go out yet. We are currently following this schedule but instead of going out, using pee pads. Any tips on transitioning to going out once vet says it’s safe?

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says

      It is safe for your puppy to go “outside” but with supervision only. You can start moving your pee pads closer to the door and eventually you have to transition to teaching your puppy to go outside which is why I don’t suggest ever using a pee pad.

  41. Lov says

    This is great! I am hoping it will help our puppy stay asleep at night! Till how many weeks can we continue this schedule?

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