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
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.
Update: We purchased this heartbeat dog pillow with our second puppy and it worked really well for him.
This schedule works really well when you stick to it! Good Luck! Consistency is the key!