The first few weeks of life are overwhelming for a puppy. With so many scary things happening at one and so many new smells and object to discover, a puppy is going to make a few mistakes. This includes a lot of accidents as he adjusts to life.
While it may seem almost impossible for such a small creature to urinate all the time, it’s very important that you understand why. Once you determine the reason why your puppy is having accidents, you will be able to prevent future accidents from happening.
If you haven’t already done so, you should create a potty schedule for your puppy. Puppy’s love routine and it’s super important that you start early to reinforce this to your puppy. When you have a peeing schedule, it will soon become instinct to go when he needs to.
Typically, a puppy will need to go pee about 30 minutes after he drinks water. This is a great tip, especially if you have carpets in your home.
Another consideration is that you are actually taking your puppy out too many times if they pee a lot. Remember that it’s not necessary to take them out every hour. While it’s a logical thought to take them out after they wake up, drink water, have played a lot, or have just come out of their crate, but that’s not how that works.
When you take your puppy outside several times a day, at the same time each day, in the same way, it will create a routine. This will prevent them from peeing on the floor or feel like they have to empty their bladder whenever they feel that it’s full.
Puppy’s Sleep Cycle
Your young dog should be able to sleep seven hours before needing to urinate, which is about the same amount of time you sleep. This will also you to sync both your bedtimes and the period of time when he will drink water and need to pee last with the end of your own evening.
While this isn’t a perfect system, it is a good guideline. Your pup may still need to urinate in the middle of the night when he is still developing his routine. When your puppy starts to cry to go out at night, make sure you let them do so as quickly as possible. Allow him to go and pee, but then bring them right back in so they can go back to sleep.
If you start to play with him at all, your puppy will learn that it’s fine to wake up in the middle of the night and expect to play. This is something you want to avoid if you ever want to get another good night’s sleep.
Water Bowl Watch
Another tip is not to leave a water bowl out for him all day. All you need to do is fill it up to an appropriate amount and then pick it up once your puppy is done drinking from it. It’s also important to remember that they will need to pee approximately 30 minutes after they drinks. You will also need to give them water when they are fed. In doing so, they will expect to have water when they eat, which will create a routine for an effective method of housebreaking.
This leads up to ask, how much water should a dog have every day? Vets tell us that a dog should have between a quarter and a third of a cup of water for each pound that they weigh each day. Make sure to keep track of your puppy’s weight to ensure that he is drinking the proper amount of water.
Always let your pup go out after they eat dinner and makes sure that they are then free of water for the remainder of the night. It’s important to cut off their ability to drink water about two hours before bedtime. Also, make sure that they go outside two to three hours before they go to sleep for the night to prevent any accidents before morning.
Behavioral problems can also be a reason for frequent urination. If your puppy is at least three months old, they may be peeing to mark objects in your home. This can be caused by social triggers like a new home, impressing another dog, or because the dog hasn’t been neutered or spayed.
Puppies can also pee when they feel anxious. If your pup is upset when you leave, they may experience separation anxiety, which can cause them to have an accident. In this case, you should leave them somewhere they feel comfortable, for example, crate training, which can help to reduce anxiety and stress when you leave your house.
Puppies also urinate when they feel submissive or excited. A dog that pees because of submission is actually pretty normal. They want to show you that they aren’t a threat to you. You will also see them lie on his back and show you their tummy as another way of showing their submission.
An excited pup can pee just because they’re happy to see you but they can also pee for other reason that may make them excited like going for a walk, getting a favorite treat, or meeting new furry friends. This trick here to be faster than your puppy’s reaction to his excitement, so it’s important to take them out right away when you get home or take them right when you see them start to get excited.
Remember, that they aren’t peeing to be spiteful. They aren’t doing so to punish you, they are sending you a sign of submission or they have a real need to pee. Their reaction is solely based on their need to please you, which can be especially true if you have already made it clear that you are the alpha dog in the household.
Medical Issues (Urinary Tract Infections & Beyond)
Before you get frustrated with your puppy for peeing frequently, it’s important you get them checked out by the veterinarian to make sure they are healthy and not suffering from an issue that could cause you to find dog pee in the house. According to Royal Canin, if they have a urinary tract infection, they could urinate frequently as a result. This is a broad condition that has a range of severity, so it’s important to take your puppy to the vet as soon as possible if you think they may have the condition.
A UTI can be a symptom of something more serious like diabetes. Canine diabetes is very similar to human diabetes in that it shows your puppy has a deficiency in how he produces insulin. But there is also a rare version of diabetes that is caused by a hormonal issue.
If the vet needs to determine if your puppy has hormonally caused diabetes, they will do some blood work and take a urine sample from your puppy. Treatment includes supplements, antibiotics, or other types of medication. He may also receive treatment for whatever the underlying condition is that is causing your puppy to have the UTI while they receive the treatment for the UTI.
It’s also important to look for any signs besides the frequent urination that will help you decide if they have a UTI issue, to begin with. You can examine their urine to see if it has a strong odor or cloudiness, which isn’t the most fun thing to do, but it can be important when determining your dog’s health.
Your puppy can also have other red flags by exhibiting physical symptoms of the UTI. These signs can be a direct correlation to the condition like frequent accidents in the house, cries of pain, or frequently licking themselves. Fever and vomiting can also be more abstract signs that you may encounter.
If you think that your puppy’s frequent urination or symptoms aren’t behavioral, then it’s important to play it safe and take them to the vet. Even if they are healthy, you will still have been able to cross off one possible reason for their many accidents.
Potty Training Process
It’s important to remember that a puppy under three months old will not have the ability to hold their bladder since it has not fully developed yet. If your puppy needs to pee frequently, don’t be discouraged since this will change over time and through training.
Make sure you have established where your puppy should pee either in your yard or a specifically designated area where they should relieve themselves. It’s important to bring him out to that spot in the yard each time you take him to go outside.
Watch your puppy and learn about their habits. Find out if they pee when you aren’t looking or is it only after you get home from work when they’ve been left alone for several hours? Do they pee anytime and just doesn’t care where they do it? When you have gotten to understand how and when they urinate, it will help you to establish a routine that suits how they relieve themselves.
If you find that their constant urination is actually a symptom of a behavioral problem like submission of separation anxiety, you will have to work a little harder during the training process.
Remember that dog training is not exactly intuitive and does take a lot of work and deduction on your parts as to why your puppy is urinated frequently.
Reducing your puppy’s water intake while establishing a potty routine will help to teach your pup that they need to pee outside, which will also help to stop any behavioral-related peeing and overcome those triggers that result in accidents.
You can use several training techniques when attempting to help your puppy with psychological triggers that you can utilize during your training.
Excitement-based peeing happens when your dog is happy to go in the car or when you get home from work. The correct training technique includes not yelling at them for their accident, but not engaging them. When you react to their accident, you are teaching them that it’s okay for them to pee inside. When you repeat your disengagement to the accident, they will no longer be interested in getting excited when you come home and stay calm when you walk in the door.
Remember, as you follow through the potty-training process, always keep your frustration in check. Your dog is not doing this on purpose, it’s just an accident. If you have firmly established that you are the alpha dog in your home, they will learn to respect that and also want to please you.
While it may be frustrating to find yourself constantly needing to clean up accidents during the training process. Always train your puppy with loving but firm admonishments that offer rewards and praise when does go outside.
1. How often is it normal for a puppy to pee?
A very young puppy is capable of peeing up to 24 times every day. Every puppy is different, of course, but the frequency of his urination will depend on how often they drink as well as how much exercise they get.
2. Why is my puppy peeing every 10 minutes?
There can be many reasons why a puppy may pee every 10 minutes. These reasons can include incontinence, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and urinary tract infections. It’s always best to take your dog to the vet when you notice this pattern, who may want to run lab work to verify what is happening.
3. Why does my eight-week-old puppy pee so much?
An eight-week-old puppy will not have complete control of their bladder. So, when you take them outside, they may not completely get all the urine out of his bladder. This means that when you get back inside, they may pee all over the carpet. It can be difficult to train a dog this young since he isn’t completely aware yet when they will need to go potty until the moment he does it.
One remedy to this issue is to praise them when they do pee outside and then give them a few more minutes to make sure they have gotten all the urine out of their bladder. More often than not, they will pee again, which requires another round of praise.
It’s normal for a puppy to pee outside and then once again when comes inside. Just remember this is temporary and as they get older, they will gain control of their bladder and have fewer accidents. Combine that with a good potty-training method and your dog will be house trained before you know it.