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    Puppy routine and weekends

    My Goldendoodle is 10 weeks old. This week finally got to normal and he's settled into a nice routine for the first half of the day.

    Wake up at 6:30am and go potty, breakfast around 6:45am. Play and be around family until 8:00am and then goes into crate with bully stick while I take my kids to the bus stop. Then we go for a walk around 8:20am. At 8:45am I take him upstairs to the bathroom where he relaxes while I shower and get ready. I take him out to potty around 9:15am and he gets a treat and goes in his crate between 9:20-9:30am. I leave and he naps until I come home around 12:45pm for lunch.

    All good as this schedule seems to work for both him and me. With tomorrow being the weekend i'm wondering if I should try and stick to this same schedule of if puppies learn that weekday and weekend are different and we shouldn't have such a strict schedule on Sat/Sun. My kids will be around during the weekend but I have a crate in my bedroom so I can isolate him from the family for nap time.

    Thoughts? Thanks!

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    Re: Puppy routine and weekends

    I would keep the routine the same.

    I cannot imagine staying in bed past 6:30AM anyway. That is "burning daylight" (though where I live it is still dark out at 6:30AM).

    Make the kids get up too so they know what is involved in owning a puppy and can learn about responsibility. Great opportunity for lessons all the way 'round here.

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    It's okay to adjust the routine. Life happens, and puppies need to learn that sometimes things happen at different times and it's not the end of the world. I still like feeding at generally the same time, but the difference between weekday/weekend is quite drastic in our household.

    And really, dogs learn that "not the routine" is routine. They can learn the difference between "mom is going in the shower, she's going to leave and I go in my crate for a chew" and "mom is sitting on the couch with coffee, they must all be staying home." It's really quite interesting to see how much they can learn. My dog knows that when I put on sweatpants after washing my face in the bathroom, we're going outside to play. He also knows that when I put on jeans during the day I'm leaving and he's going in his crate with a treat. Don't ask how he knows the different kinds of pants, lol, because I don't know. He knows my "weekday" routine and my "weekend" not really a routine lol.

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    Re: Puppy routine and weekends

    Quote Originally Posted by Lillith View Post
    It's really quite interesting to see how much they can learn.
    My late Queenie dog would run into her crate when she saw me putting on dress shoes!

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    Re: Puppy routine and weekends

    I would try to keep the routine as similar as you can, at least for now. It just might help him settle in easier.

    Our dogs have learned our week-day routine and still get up at 4:30 on the weekends :-|

    And really, dogs learn that "not the routine" is routine. They can learn the difference between "mom is going in the shower, she's going to leave and I go in my crate for a chew" and "mom is sitting on the couch with coffee, they must all be staying home." It's really quite interesting to see how much they can learn. My dog knows that when I put on sweatpants after washing my face in the bathroom, we're going outside to play. He also knows that when I put on jeans during the day I'm leaving and he's going in his crate with a treat. Don't ask how he knows the different kinds of pants, lol, because I don't know. He knows my "weekday" routine and my "weekend" not really a routine lol.
    Kane has learned that when I wash my hair I'm going to be using the scary hairdryer so best to just stay out of the room completely until I'm finished :-)
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    Re: Puppy routine and weekends

    Quote Originally Posted by parus View Post
    My late Queenie dog would run into her crate when she saw me putting on dress shoes!
    Oh how weird! You don't think they're smart enough to tell the difference between "dress shoe" and "regular shoe" but then they surprise you!

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    Re: Puppy routine and weekends

    Quote Originally Posted by Jen2010 View Post
    I would try to keep the routine as similar as you can, at least for now. It just might help him settle in easier.

    Our dogs have learned our week-day routine and still get up at 4:30 on the weekends :-|

    Kane has learned that when I wash my hair I'm going to be using the scary hairdryer so best to just stay out of the room completely until I'm finished :-)
    Ralphie hates the hairdryer, too, but I don't think he's made the connection of "wet hair = hairdryer" yet, haha!

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    Re: Puppy routine and weekends

    I think there are so many right ways to raise a puppy, it's up to each person to find their ideal. Certainly with very young puppies, it makes life easier to start with a strict routine. But it's up to you what "discriminative stimuli" or cues you want to establish. For example if you wake up at 6a all the time, dog learns that 'this time of day' is the cue to get up. If you release your dog from crate in the morning, between 6-9a, dog learns that 'release from crate' is a cue to get up no matter the time.

    I personally chose to establish specific visual and verbal cues (ex. saying my dog's name, patting him on the head, letting him out to potty) and did not want to have the dog anticipate events based on time of day. If it's a work day and I get up at 7a, then we do the 'morning routine' at 7a. If I want to sleep till noon then he is silent and calm until I wake up at noon, even if I get up to pee a couple times. Some days my dog gets breakfast at 8a, and days like today he didn't eat till 2p. I like to have the structure of my day completely independent from my dog. But I know plenty of people who have stricter routines and I that's fine too.

    I'm just presenting my angle to show that it can truly be whatever you want it to be.
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