Establishing a Routine

Once your farm puppy arrives at their new home, it is essential to establish a routine that promotes a smooth transition and helps them feel secure and comfortable in their new environment. Consistency and predictability are key factors in helping your puppy adjust and learn the rhythm of farm life. A well-planned routine will also provide a solid foundation for training and socialization, setting the stage for a happy and productive life on the farm.


Feeding schedule

Puppies thrive on regular feeding schedules, which help maintain their energy levels and promote proper growth. Divide your puppy’s daily food intake into multiple smaller meals, usually three to four times a day. As your puppy grows, you can gradually reduce the number of meals while increasing the portion sizes. Consistently feed your puppy at the same times each day to create a sense of predictability.

Potty breaks

Regular potty breaks are crucial in housebreaking your farm puppy. Take your puppy outside to a designated potty area first thing in the morning, after meals, before bedtime, and whenever you notice signs that they need to go, such as sniffing, circling, or whining. Praise and reward your puppy for successfully doing their business outside, reinforcing the desired behavior.

Exercise and playtime

Schedule daily playtime and exercise sessions to ensure your puppy stays active and mentally stimulated. Regular physical activity promotes healthy growth and development, while playtime strengthens the bond between you and your puppy. As your puppy grows, gradually introduce them to farm-specific tasks and activities, familiarizing them with their future responsibilities.

Training sessions

Short, consistent training sessions are key to instilling obedience and farm-specific skills in your puppy. Begin with basic commands like “sit,” “stay,” and “come,” gradually progressing to more advanced tasks such as herding or guarding. Aim for two or three short training sessions per day, keeping them fun and engaging to maintain your puppy’s interest.

Socialization and exposure

Expose your farm puppy to a variety of experiences, environments, people, and animals to build their confidence and ensure they become well-rounded adults. Schedule regular visits to different areas of the farm, introducing them to livestock, farm equipment, and various sounds and smells they will encounter in their daily life.

Rest and quiet time

Puppies need ample rest to support their growth and development. Provide a comfortable and designated sleeping area, such as a crate or a soft bed, where your puppy can retreat to when they need rest or quiet time. Encourage regular naps throughout the day to prevent your puppy from becoming overtired or overstimulated.


By establishing and maintaining a consistent routine, you will help your farm puppy adapt to their new life and foster a sense of security and trust. This strong foundation will pave the way for a successful and harmonious partnership between you and your canine companion on the farm.

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Tony Bierman, "Establishing a Routine," OBTESA, Accessed December 6, 2023,