Puppy training schedule by age ultimate guide>
A puppy training schedule is very important to have when you are bringing a new puppy home.
When you are bringing your pup you should be able to know what to do with your him and when you should do it.
Having a puppy training schedule will help you with the when.
Training your puppy is very important if you want him to have exemplary behavior.
That is why we have prepared this puppy training schedule for you so that you can know what to do with your puppy and when you should do it. This should be done according to how old he is.
It is also a great way to measure your progression and be able to see if you are making any improvements.
Before we start this article I would like to encourage you to take down some of the tips that I am going to give you today. You can use either the notes app that is on your phone or even a notebook that would be better.
You can also check the summary that we have at the end of this post.
Let us get right into it.
Puppy training schedule
I am going to break down these steps by weeks and then talk about the progressions that you should have for your specific young doggo.
We should start it from around the 8th-week mark because this is where most of the puppies are brought home.
At 8 weeks of age
This is the age where you are supposed to build up a relationship with your ball of fluff.
Here you should not focus so much on teaching your ball of fluff specific skills. You should focus more on the natural training opportunities that you are presented with.
Building a bond with your pup at this age is going to play a great role in how you are going to progress with the rest of the training.
There are several really easy tricks that you can use to do this;
Training through feeding
One of them is food and it is something that every little doggie loves to have. And he will see that it has come through you.
To be more specific it should be trough hand-feeding the puppy. But it does not matter what meal it is, you can hand feed him that food.
Another trick that you can is saying their name then feeding them.
If you have not yet named your dog you should visit this article and see some of the great name ideas that we have for you.
By doing this you are going to build value on that name that they are hearing. This is because at this age they most probably do not know what their name is. (the name then reward)
One great tip that I have for you is using the word “yes” to let your dog know that he has done something right.
So, I want you to start building value on that yes. You are going to find out that it is going to be important down the road. (yes then reward)
These food tricks going to make sure that you get your puppy’s full attention but you also want to make sure that you can relay information to your pup when they are moving around through open space. This, when they are neither, focused on us nor the food.
A house line can be very great when you are looking to do this.
House lines give you so much control over your puppy and also allows them to make some choices as they are moving around. This is when you are supervising them.
So, make sure that you attach a house line around your doggo. You may not know what a house line is.
It may be a leash that you have cut the loop of the handle off and clipping it to the young dog’s collar.
This helps them keep out of trouble and you could also use it to redirect your pup if you need to.
Have 100% supervision over you pup
You should keep in mind that your puppy has gone through a big life change.
He has come from his old environment to his new home with new people. Having 100% supervision will help you set the pup to be a success.
When your doggo is out of his crate or kennel make sure that you are there giving them good information.
It may be a happy or scary period for your time and give them good information helps a lot.
I have just mentioned the use of a crate and this is a great time in your puppy training schedule to introduce him to his crate.
You want to make sure that your puppy loves his crate. A crate is a great way to manage your dog and make sure that he does not get into trouble.
Remember this is the time when the pup is learning plenty of things whether you are there to train them or not.
Teaching them that their crate is a great place to be can help manage what he learns.
House training should begin from the first day of the puppy training schedule
You should be proactive about this step and you are probably going to have some incidents.
However, some ways can help minimize some of these incidents during potty training.
- Taking them out to the toilet before a nap.
- Taking them out when they come out of their crate.
- After every meal and play session takes them out.
- Take them out when they wake up.
These are some of the ways that you are going to see some success.
Puppy proof the room where he stays so that he does not make any bad decisions along the way. Block them from some of the areas that they may get away from and areas where you would not like them to go to.
When your puppy is in his crate you also need to consider that they need to get out and potty. Especially when you are sleeping, you do not want to have any incidents.
If the crate is the room that you are sleeping you should put it on the same level as your bed. This helps soothe them as they can see you.
You should also make sure that you take him out several times in a night to potty.
Here is a small recap of all he should have learned at this stage
- When it the time to eat.
- Where you will be grooming him from.
- By now he should know where he should go to the potty.
- When it is time to go to bed.
- He should know where his bed is located.
- And he should also know when it is time to eat.
Puppy training schedule at 9 weeks of age
At this age is when your puppy gets more confident and this is when supervision is way more important.
The confidence and curiosity that your puppy has in his second week home can get them into lots of trouble.
But you must prevent some of the incidents from happening rather than trying to un-train the pup from some of the behaviors. That is why supervision is very important.
When they have freedom, they are going to be exploring more, playing more and trying new things. You need to keep an eye on them when they are doing these things.
Increase some of the challenges
You should still be taking advantage of some of the natural training opportunities and continue some of the things that you were doing the week before.
Hand-feeding your puppy to reinforce some of the things that you were teaching them like their names.
Build a lot of value on the pup’s name.
Note; Overusing the puppy’s name when you are not giving them rewards can cause him to stop listening to it.
At this point, you should start to include some of the family members and the training sessions.
You want to let your puppy know that things are going to be more challenging for them.
Start introducing new tricks such as luring them to spin circles. Bump up things a little bit.
You have already shown him that when he does something for you he gets a reward and you should take advantage of this and increase the challenge.
Handle your puppy’s collar
Reach for the collar and then reward them, then you are going to reach for the other side then reward the pup.
Over the next weeks, you are going to be handling the puppy’s collar a lot and you want them to get used to it and associate it with something good.
You can avoid your puppy from being hand-shy where you go to reach for them and the go backward. Handling the pup’s collar can be a great way for you to avoid this problem.
Before you know it your puppy has got to the tenth-week mark.
10 to 16 weeks of age puppy training schedule
I have decided to group puppies that are 10 to 16 weeks together.
This is because it is much more important to know your puppy’s progression at this age rather than week by week.
At this age is when you can start to expect some reliable responses from your puppy now that you have already built the foundation for that.
We are going to teach them how to sit down and stand and other new skills and commands.
The best way to do this is by following these steps:
- And reward
Let us look at how to do this with the sit command
To teach your puppy how to sit and stand on command we are going to start with a treat in your hand.
At this point, your puppy is going to start wagging his tail in anticipation. This is something that they like during this period.
So, we are going to tell them to sit, then lure them to that position and finally reward him. Is that not easy?
A mistake that you want to want to avoid blending the stimulus with the command. When you do this all your doggo is going to be thinking about is the treat rather than the command.
Do not put the treat on their nose before you lure them to follow the command.
You need to stick to these repetitions for at least one week.
Once you have spent a whole seven days on this trick it is time that you make things a little challenging. Do not change things dramatically but just a little bit at a time.
So, as we progress you are not going to have the treat in your hand but the lure is going to be the same.
In the process, the hand signals are going to change gradually.
However, this may be challenging for the pup because things do not look the same anymore.
What you want to do is lure them into that sitting position then reach for your pooch and take the treat from it and tell them, yes to let them known that they have done something correctly.
In the third week after training your pup on some of the commands and lures that you have taught to him, you need to test your puppy.
Through in that specific command like “sit” with a smaller lure or even no lure at all. Wait and see what you get.
At this time you should have already introduced the “yes” reward.
When they follow the command without the stimulus you should rejoice at that moment and let them know that they are doing great. Make it fun for you and your puppy and reward him.
If at this time you are not getting successful and reliable sits you need to take a step back. You need to do more repetitions using an empty-handed lure. (take a step back and practice, practice and practice more)
Also, make sure that the environment you are in is not too busy for the puppy and that it does not have too many distractions.
Get a quieter environment or a location where they can be more successful.
In your puppy training schedule, you should not overlook the importance of puppy handling exercises.
These are things like:
- Relationship building
- Grooming confidence
- An OFF SWITCH
There are many reasons why you would want your puppy to be comfortable when you are handling them.
You are going to be very happy that you have taught your puppy these exercises when he comfortable being handled.
So, how do you do it?
The first thing that you make sure is that when you are touching the different parts of your dog’s body he should be completely relaxed.
Give the puppy all the treats that are in your hands to allow him to be calmer.
Different dogs will react differently to different petting an touching. Some may react better when they are being fed and some when they are no food involved.
Once your dog is comfortable lying on the side and is relaxed you should then proceed to touch different body parts.
You should have some treats placed of sight so that they may not be too distracting.
If the puppy stays relaxed for some time you should say yes then reward them with a treat. The timing is very important. Remember to use the word yes before giving the treats to her.
Always make sure that you use your pinpoint word at the right time. You can then hold the paw or maybe pull the individual toes at the same time giving praises to the puppy.
If you realize that your pup is uncomfortable with you touching a certain part of her body try as much as possible to make sure that she is relaxed.
It is also good to try and do it when the dog is a little tired that makes it easier for them to settle. Then as they get more experienced you can try to do it when they are more excited.
Your pup needs to be comfortable with this type of handling at any time of the day or any situation.
If your dog is not used to some of the positions such as when you are touching their teeth or ears you can also pat their heads while praising them.
Do this when you have the time to do it and take your time.
Teach your puppy his name
I know I had already talked about this in the first stages of the puppy training schedule.
However, you need to ask yourself if your puppy would respond too you calling his name if there was another dog around or when he is al excited and playing.
Your pup needs to know that they need to respond to you calling their name no matter what is going on.
And there are some simple ways in which you can do this.
Call his name then lure him then give him a treat.
When you are rewarding then make sure that you bring them very close to your body.
Use an excited tone when he responds to you calling him so that you can reinforce to him hearing his name is lots of fun.
Another top tip that I have for you is having someone hold your puppy making sure that you have a play toy in your hand. Then you can call the dog’s name as they release him and make him run towards you.
Your pup gets to know as time goes by and through repetition that there is a lot of value to that name.
You make let more fun by moving away and using a bubbly voice making it fun for him to respond too.
As we mentioned earlier you always need to bump things up a little bit and make them a bit challenging.
Try calling him off a distraction.
It is always advisable that you use high value food like some chicken to make it easier to recall him.
Then finally it is time to test if your pup has got his name.
Call the doggo’s name without showing him the food and see what happens. You are still going to use that excited voice and a bit of motion but without putting the treats on his face.
Use the “Yes” to mark the moment when your pup makes a great choice.
What if your pup is not responding very well?
This happens mostly when your puppy is distracted.
And you are going to use something like a little touch on their side to make sure that you get their focus.
At this age, some puppies can make it channeling to get these skills because they are using their teeth to nip and bite most of the time.
But once you have passed this stage of training your puppy is ready for more advanced training and command challenges.
Be consistent because consistency is when you are going to see great results.
Puppy training schedule for a dog that is much older than what we have talked about
You may have adopted a dog that is much older than the age bracket that we have mentioned.
Let us say he is 6 months old. So, what can you do?
It is simple, make sure that the training starts immediately you get home as though he was 8 weeks old.
Establish a routine and follow the steps that we have given to you starting with housebreaking and potty training.
No matter the age of your dog when you bring him home as a new member of your family, the training schedule does not change by much.
Give the doggo a lot of praise, rewards and make sure that you follow a routine at the same time using the correct words in training.
Puppy training Schedule table summary
|Training schedule summary|
|8 weeks old||Simple and basic commands
Housebreaking and training
Make sure that you establish a routine as early as now
The dog should feel more comfortable by the end of the first week
|9 weeks old||In the second week, the puppy show is more comfortable and free.
He should be moving and exploring more often and you need to keep an eye on him
Do some dog collar handling exercises to make him used to you touching his collar and leading him with a leash
|10 to 16 weeks||Make things a bit more challenging for both you and your puppy.
At the same time make it more exciting.
It is at this stage that you need to do more handling exercises with your dog and making sure that he is comfortable with you touching him/her in any part of the body.
Teach him more complex commands and improve the quality of the treats that you give him.
By the end of this stage, your doggo should be fully aware of his name
We have seen some of the things that you need to do in your puppy training schedule. But your dog may have a different personality and you may need to tweak some of the things a bit to make sure that they fit both you and your dog.
Try out new things and see what works best for you.
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There you go WOOFF!!
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