New Puppy Tips: Routine is Key!

by Melissa R. on April 3, 2013

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Puppies love routine

Puppies love routine

Have a new puppy, or thinking about bringing one into your home? If you are new to puppies like me, you’ll appreciate all the tips and advice you can get to prepare!

One of the best pieces of advice I have is to SET A ROUTINE for your new family member as soon as you can. Puppies (and adult dogs) thrive on routine. I think we’ve all heard stories, or witnessed ourselves: “My dog starts whining at the door around 5pm when my husband comes home from work”, or “Every day I take my dog for a walk at noon, and she heads for the door at 11:55!” Routine! Dogs love it. They don’t specifically know that it is noon, exactly – but they can tell that it is the same time of day every day and get ready for whatever fun activity they know goes on.

Routing helps with housebreaking

Routine helps with housebreaking

Routine is also VERY IMPORTANT for housebreaking a new puppy. New puppies have very little control, so the sooner you work on routines with them the better. Get up: potty. Eat: potty. Play: potty. Eventually they start to learn the specific times when they go potty outside, instead of inside! It shouldn’t take too long. My puppy knows now she goes potty when we get up, after she eats, after crate time and before I leave for work. In fact, the other day, I was in a rush, and *forgot* about the potty before I left for the day, and she ran to the door instead of her crate! I was wondering what was going on, when I realized… she had to go potty! GOOD PUPPY!
Crate time is a great break for puppies

Crate time is a great break for puppies

Routine also helps for your pet’s mental health. When they know that “Ok, in the morning, after mom takes a shower, we go for a walk…” they are more apt to wait for this, than get all wild and crazy in the house. Routine makes dogs happy.

Hopefully, this post helps you on your way to raising a happy and well-behaved puppy!

About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the and websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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Valerie February 12, 2015 at 11:45 am

While housebreaking my poodle puppy Rosie I quickly figured out that most of her accidents were a result of my losing track of the time.

I ended up writing an ios App to track her pit stops and to remind me when it was time to take her out again. I had been wanting to learn how to write an app and this seemed as good a reason as any.

The reminders keep me on track and I love seeing on the app’s statistics page how long it has been since Rosie’s last accident.

The app is called HouseBreaker and it is available in the App Store. I hope it can help someone else.

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