Puppy Toilet Training Schedule
Puppies have small bladders. So small in fact that they need to pee every 2-3 hours, and that includes throughout the night! Keeping a schedule is massively beneficial as it reduces the risk of accidents in the house.
Puppies respond well to timekeeping and over the coming weeks will learn when it's potty time, playtime, and sleep time. Puppies need to go in the 15 minutes following waking up, eating, or playing. So make sure your schedule reflects that.
Puppy Potty Training Schedule (TEMPLATE)
4 am - Take puppy out for a pee
8 am - Rise and give breakfast, then let the puppy out for a pee
11 am - Five / ten-minute walk, or until they have done a poo
1 pm - Give lunch then out for a pee
3 pm - Indoor playtime then out for a pee
5 pm - Five / ten-minute walk, or until they have done a poo
7 pm - Give dinner, then out for a pee
9 pm - Out for a pee
11 pm - Out for a pee then bedtime
2 am - Out for a pee ...and repeat!
When your puppy gets a bit older, they will be able to hold their bladder for longer. By 16 - 18 weeks old, you should be able to cut out overnight wake-ups. You can then slowly reduce the number of times you need to let them out during the day, but take it slowly and notice if accidents are becoming more frequent again and adjust your schedule accordingly.
My schedule is sorted, now what? Now that you've decided on a schedule, you can create a cue word, or phrase, to help your puppy potty training. We'll just say that this step is a game-changer!