I got my little guy a few days ago. I've been reading some blog post on here that have really made me feel better because this is my 1st time being a puppy owner solely. To the founder(s)/contributors of this website THANK YOU! I wanted to double check a few things with posters on here with more experience.
Here is my routine with Tucker so far:
6am - Wakes up in his crate; I greet him in the morning and then take him outside. I use the command words "Go Potty" and he goes poop and pee. This can take up to 5min or 15min depending.
6:30-7:00am - I put his food and water out for him to eat. I feed him in my kitchen that I have blocked off from the rest of the apartment. I wait for about 30min to 45min to let him digest his food and just hang out in the kitchen. There are a few toys in the kitchen also. Food and water are put away until lunch time
8am - I take him outside to potty using treats as positive reinforcements.
8:30am - I leave him in the kitchen/play area while I study/work
10:30-11:30 - if he is napping I let him nap if not I let him leave the kitchen to come out into the living room to play tug-o-war or fetch. After play potty again
12-1pm - Lunch time
2:30pm-6pm - He's back in the kitchen/play area...sometimes I'll let him between these hours for 30min to play (he tires out after 10 to 15min sometime)
6:30 - Dinner
7:30 - potty
10pm or 11pm - bed is around 10 or 11pm, but I put up his water 2 hours before bed so usually 8pm no more water.
Bedtime he cries in his crate for about 15 min then passes out. He wakes around 2am and 4am to potty which I don't mind yet :P. He falls back to sleep once I place back in the crate luckily.
Sometimes I feel like a complete jerk because I can't entertain him 24/7;he lays down on the kitchen floor with the puppy eyes. If I;m missing something out of this routine let me know :)