Thinking about adding a lively little 8 week old Boston Terrier to your family? With its charming personality and handsome tuxedo coat, the Boston is a popular companion animal.
If you have your heart set on a Boston puppy but are new to the ins and outs of puppy care, don’t worry, we’re here to help!
Raising a new young puppy can be a challenge, even for experienced dog owners.
We’ll tell you what to expect during your puppy’s first few weeks at home, including basics like feeding, potty and crate training, and sleeping schedules.
Why 8 weeks? 8 weeks (2 months) is a common age for new puppies to go home with you from breeders and rescue organizations.
This gives them enough time for proper socialization with their mothers and littermates, so you can avoid behavioral problems that can come with early separation.
What to Expect From a New Puppy
As a novice puppy parent, you might be surprised at how much time and energy goes into caring for a brand-new puppy!
Many experts compare getting a new puppy to bringing home a baby.
Your puppy will need lots of supervision. It can be helpful to schedule the arrival for a time when you will be home from work or school.
Be calm, patient, and gentle with your new puppy. Remember, your puppy will not be housetrained yet, so accidents will happen.
Supervise all interactions between the puppy and any young children or resident pets in the home.
Biting and crying are normal behaviors for very young dogs. We’ll talk about how to deal with these issues later!
Introducing Their Puppy Crate
Crate training is one of the most important components of training your new puppy.
Why do so many experts recommend crate training?
Crate training has many positive benefits. It can prevent destructive behaviors, help with potty training, and provide a safe and secure place for your little one.
As a small sized dog, your Boston Terrier puppy can use a traditional wire crate or a small soft or hard sided pet carrier.
Place a bed and some toys in the crate. Make sure the crate is in an area where your puppy can be around family and not in an isolated room.
Get your puppy used to the crate by gradually increasing the amount of time spent in the crate.
It’s also very important to never use the crate as punishment, so that your puppy will not become fearful or anxious when placed in it.
8 Week Old Boston Terrier Puppy Schedule
What will your schedule be like the first few weeks with a new Boston puppy?
Your puppy’s routine will be centered on three important activities: eating, sleeping, and going potty.
All puppies are individuals, of course, but most eight week old puppies of small breeds need four meals a day to maintain a steady energy level.
It’s important for young puppies to get plenty of sleep, and you can expect your puppy to sleep up to 20 hours a day (including nighttime and naps).
How often will you have to take your puppy outside to do her business?
Plan on giving your 8 week old Boston Terrier puppy the opportunity to go potty every hour at least, and extra trips after she wakes up, eats, drinks…or gets very excited!
Potty Training an 8 Week Old Boston Terrier
Potty training is a big part of any new puppy’s training routine.
Following a potty training schedule is a great way to approach potty training.
Small bladders fill up fast, so during the first few weeks, your young Boston puppy will need frequent trips outside.
Expect to take your puppy out every hour, especially after eating, drinking, and waking up from naps.
As your puppy gets older, in the 3 to 4 month range, your Boston can go for longer periods of time between bathroom breaks.
A good rule of thumb to keep in mind…your puppy’s age in months roughly equals the number of hours between potty sessions!
First Night with Your Puppy
Your puppy’s first night away from his mother and siblings can be upsetting. Crying during the night is not uncommon in the first few days.
What should you do if your puppy cries at night?
Keep the puppy in a crate next to your bed. This is especially important for very young puppies who have never been without mom and siblings before.
Make sure to spend plenty of time interacting with your puppy during the evening. This will reassure him and tire him out for the night.
How Much Do 8 Week Old Boston Terriers Sleep?
Just like human babies, 8 week old Boston Terrier puppies will spend a lot of time sleeping. But also like babies, very young puppies will not sleep through the night.
A young puppy can sleep up to 20 hours a day, including nighttime and multiple naps.
You can expect your puppy to sleep up to 10 hours a night, but an 8 week old puppy will need to wake up to go potty during the night.
By around 4 months, your puppy should be sleeping through the night.
What about naps? Generally, young puppies take multiple naps throughout the day, lasting anywhere between ½ hour to 2 hours.
Feeding an 8 Week Old Boston Terrier
Many new Boston puppy owners have questions about how often and how much to feed their puppy, as well as what kind of food is best.
Growing puppies have specific nutritional requirements that are different from adult dogs, so it’s important to choose a quality puppy diet for your new little one.
Small breed dogs can be prone to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), so your Boston Terrier puppy requires 4 meals per day to avoid this condition.
The quantity they need to eat at each meal will depend upon what food they’re eating. Your breeder should give you detailed information when you pick them up about what their meals are.
Copy this to the letter when you get home to minimise disruption to your pup’s routine, and ask your vet what the next stage is when you take them for their first check up.
ALWAYS talk to your veterinarian if you have any questions about feeding your puppy.
8 Week Old Boston Terrier Diarrhea
It’s not unusual for your new Boston puppy to experience an upset stomach and loose stools or diarrhea during her first few days with you.
It may happen with a change in diet, if you are using a different food than the breeder. It could also be from the stress of leaving mom and going to a new home.
More serious causes of diarrhea in puppies include bacterial or viral infection, parasites, or eating something harmful.
How do you know when it’s time to go to the vet?
Bring your puppy to the vet if the diarrhea lasts for more than a day, if you see blood, or if your puppy is also vomiting and seems to be in pain.
Your vet will ask you to bring a stool sample to diagnose the cause and determine the proper treatment.
It’s important to keep your puppy from becoming dehydrated by providing plenty of water.
8 Week Old Boston Terrier Puppy Biting
It’s a fact, young puppies bite a lot! Biting is a natural puppy behavior, and most will grow out of it with time.
Since puppies often bite during play, you can discourage your puppy from biting your fingers by giving him a chew toy instead.
The more excited your puppy becomes, the greater the chance of biting. Kids (and adults!) should be taught how to play gently with new puppies.
You can also stop biting by simply walking away or putting your puppy in “time out” in a crate or playpen if necessary.
Don’t punish your puppy for biting but be sure to reward good behavior.
Your Growing Puppy
Your 8 week old Boston Terrier won’t stay tiny for long! A full-grown Boston can weigh up to 25 pounds.
Be prepared to provide your dog with good home care (brushing, nail trimming, toothbrushing) and regular veterinary care.
Like all purebred dogs, Boston Terriers can develop some inherited health problems.
Those big eyes and cute muzzles are appealing, but they come with certain eye and breathing problems associated with brachycephaly.
Keep in mind that a healthier alternative to a purebred Boston puppy may be a Boston mixed with a longer-muzzled breed.
Have you added a Boston Terrier puppy to your family? Tell us about your dog in the comments below!
References and Resources
- Boston Terrier Health Links. Boston Terrier Club of America.
- Pierantoni, L., Albertini, M., Pirrone, F. Prevalence of Owner-reported Behaviours in Dogs Separated from the Litter at Two Different Ages. Veterinary Record, 2011.
- The Benefits of Crate Training. Texas A&M University Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 2019.
- Kerby, V.L., Starting Strong: Puppy and Kitten Nutrition. Today’s Veterinary Nurse, 2018.
- Hypoglycemia in Small Breed Puppies and Young Kittens. Metropolitan Veterinary Associates.
- Williams, K. Diarrhea in Dogs. VCA Hospitals, 2018.
- Boston Terrier Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome (BAOS). Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, 2011.