Labradoodle Puppy Schedule – Feeding, Socializing and Potty Training

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Puppies do best when given a regular routine, and removing your new pup from his siblings and mom can be quite traumatic for the little guy. So, a Labradoodle puppy schedule can massively help a confused puppy settle quickly into his new home and family.

Read this guide to discover a Labradoodle puppy feeding schedule, potty training schedule, and puppy socializing schedule that could work perfectly for you and your Labradoodle puppy.

Labradoodle Puppy Schedule

Labradoodle with Red Toy Ball

Bringing a new puppy into your family is a wonderful, fun experience, but that needy little guy can cause massive upheaval and lifestyle changes too.

To begin with, your daily life will revolve around meeting your puppy’s needs, potty training, and socializing your pet. All dogs, including adorable puppies, are very much creatures of habit, and establishing routines can really help to make a confident puppy from a shy, nervous one.

Here are some ideas for Labradoodle puppy schedules that you can adjust to suit your family’s needs.

Labradoodle Puppy Feeding Schedule

First, let’s look at drawing up a feeding schedule for your Labradoodle puppy.

Very small puppies have tiny stomachs that can be pretty sensitive. To prevent that, we recommend keeping your new puppy on the same food he received at the breeder’s kennels. Feed your puppy just a little at a time.

As your puppy grows and becomes more settled into your home, you can reduce the frequency of feeding and change to a different brand or type of food if you want to.

8 to 12 Weeks

From the age of eight to twelve weeks, your puppy needs four meals every day, timed as outlined below. You must spread the feeds evenly, and don’t feed your pup too close to bedtime.

  • 06:00 – meal
  • 10:00 – meal
  • 14:00 – meal
  • 18:00 – meal

3 to 6 Months

Labradoodle Puppy eating or drinking

Once your puppy reaches three months of age, he should be able to cope with just three meals per day.

By now, you’ll be spending quite a lot of time every day training your puppy. So, you can use quite a lot of your pup’s daily ration as training treats, which spreads the meals out even more.

  • 07:00 – meal
  • 12:00 – meal
  • 18:00 – meal

6 to 18 Months

If you want to, you can keep your puppy on a feeding schedule of three meals per day.

However, if you decide to reduce your puppy’s meals to just twice a day, ensure that you monitor your puppy for any signs of tummy upsets.

  • 09:00 – meal
  • 16:00 – meal

Labradoodle Puppy Potty Training Schedule

Potty training your puppy is always easiest and most effective when you have a clear plan that includes plenty of chances for your puppy to relieve himself outside.

In addition, if you know when your puppy is most likely to next need to pee, you know the ideal time to grab your pet and take him outside or put him on a puppy pee pad if that’s what you’re using inside.

A smart puppy can typically be potty trained within a few weeks to a couple of months.

8 to 9 Weeks

At the age of eight to nine weeks, domestic puppies typically need to pee every half an hour or so. The key to success is accommodating your puppy’s potty needs, even if that means getting up frequently during the night.

Try using the following schedule. If your poor puppy can’t wait that long and has a few accidents, try reducing the time period between bathroom breaks.

  • 06:00 – toilet break
  • 07:00 – toilet break
  • 09:00 – toilet break
  • 11:00 – toilet break
  • 13:00 – toilet break
  • 15:00 – toilet break
  • 19:00 – toilet break
  • 21:00 – toilet break
  • 23:00 – toilet break
  • 03:00 – toilet break

10 to 11 Weeks

Miniature Golden Doodle Puppy and Potty Training

You should find that these small increases between potty breaks work fine for most puppies and can be timed to coincide with your pup’s crate time.

However, puppy stages can vary, and if your furbaby is still unable to hold it at the eight to nine-week schedule stage, don’t move on until your pet has managed a few pee-free days!

  • 06:00 – toilet break
  • 08:30 – toilet break
  • 09:00 – toilet break
  • 10:30 – toilet break
  • 12:30 – toilet break
  • 15:00 – toilet break
  • 17:00 – toilet break
  • 19:00 – toilet break
  • 21:00 – toilet break
  • 23:00 – toilet break

12 Weeks

If things are progressing well with your Labradoodle puppy’s potty training, by the time he reaches three months of age, your pet should be able to wait for up to two and a half hours time between pee breaks.

Remember that your puppy will need extra opportunities to relive himself right after a meal or natural nap time.

  • 06:00 – toilet break
  • 08:30 – toilet break
  • 11:00 – toilet break
  • 13:00 – toilet break
  • 15:00 – toilet break
  • 17:00 – toilet break
  • 19:30 – toilet break
  • 21:00 – toilet break
  • 23:00 – toilet break

4 Months

Once your Labradoodle puppy reaches four months of age, he will hopefully have pretty good bladder strength and knows where he is to pee and where not to!

Be careful not to push your puppy beyond his limits, and if accidents do happen indoors, always revert to an earlier schedule.

  • 06:00 – toilet break
  • 09:00 – toilet break
  • 12:00 – toilet break
  • 15:00 – toilet break
  • 18:00 – toilet break
  • 21:00 – toilet break
  • 23:00 – toilet break

Throughout the toilet training process, gradually introduce any increases in time between pee breaks, and be ready to take a few steps back if necessary.

Labradoodle Puppy Socialization Schedule

Labradoodle Dog and woman outside on balcony

Socialization is the term used to describe the process through which you introduce your puppy to lots of different sights, sounds, smells, and other new experiences during his formative months. A well-socialized puppy stands a much better chance of developing into a well-balanced, friendly, confident adult dog.

There’s a window of time that lasts from a few weeks to around 14 weeks when you should socialize your puppy. At that age, your puppy is still open to new experiences and is less likely to be frightened or worried by them.

Start the socialization process from the day you get your new furry friend home to help the puppy transition to adulthood.

Make a list of the following experiences and cross them off each time you achieve one:

  • Toddlers
  • Young children
  • Women
  • Men

Be careful that you don’t allow your puppy to have direct contact with any other dogs or people until he’s fully vaccinated.

Take your puppy to the following locations:

  • A busy town center
  • Bus station
  • Train station
  • School gates

Here’s a healthy socialization schedule you might like to try for your puppy:

8 to 9 Weeks

Happy couple with labradoodle
  • Invite eight different sorts of people to visit your home
  • Visit eight new places

10 to 11 Weeks

  • Invite six sets of people to visit your home
  • Visit six new places

12 to 14 Weeks

  • Invite four different sorts of people to visit your home
  • Visit four new places

Your Own Labradoodle Puppy Schedule

The Labradoodle puppy schedules we’ve outlined above will help you to manage your new canine companion’s feeding, potty training, and socialization.

Of course, these schedules are only examples; you don’t have to stick to them rigidly. Use the schedules as a template, and make a few adjustments to fit in with your own routines and your puppy’s needs.

Final Thoughts

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Dogs do best when provided with a framework and routine for their day. Puppies at this early stage in life can benefit hugely from a schedule for feeding, potty training, and socialization. Use the suggested schedules above to form a basis for your own routine and customize them to suit your family’s lifestyle and your puppy’s needs.

Did you use these schedules for your Labradoodle puppy? Tell us how it went in the comments box below!

Bonus!

Here is a downloadable Labradoodle Puppy Schedule! You can create your version of the timelines to suit your routine.

Meet our writer

Alison Page was brought up with dogs and various other pets! For a few years, Alison worked as a Practice Manager in a small animal veterinary clinic. Alison is now a full-time writer, specializing in creating articles on the care and training of dogs, cats, and fish.

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