As a general rule, puppies up to 1 years old will be able to hold their pee for 1 hour for every 1 month of age. That means a healthy dog will be able to go 8 hours without peeing once they reach 8 months of age.
This article will go into detail about what to look for in regard to your puppy and its pee, what is normal, and what to look for as a sign that something is wrong.
Table of Contents
- How often does a puppy pee?
- Signs your dog needs to pee.
- What is the importance of establishing a good bathroom routine?
- What are other reasons for your puppy peeing?
- Is there a difference between boy and girl dogs and how much they pee?
- Do smaller dogs pee more?
- Will diet affect how often they pee?
- Can your puppy hold their pee for longer?
- Why is your puppy peeing more than normal?
- Is your dog’s pee healthy?
- What if your puppy doesn’t seem to be peeing often enough?
- Should you be concerned about your puppy’s peeing pattern?
- Could your dog be hiding their pee?
- Peeing – a sign of a happy and healthy puppy.
How often does a puppy pee?
While all dogs and breeds will differ slightly, there is a general rule that you can add an extra hour to how often they need to pee for every month of life. So a 3 month old dog will need to go empty their bowels every 3 hours, and a 6 month old puppy every 6 hours.
Signs your dog needs to pee.
One of the main signs is when they squat (male dogs often won’t start cocking their legs until they are over a year old). Once you see your puppy squat, you will have a few seconds (if you’re lucky) to get them outside or onto a puppy pad. They could also bark or whine, or scratch at the door (or ground) as a way to communicate their needs!
Your dog may be telling you that they need to pee, and you may not realize it. Take a note of their behavior and actions before they pee, and soon you will start to understand them and their needs. There is no one sign for a dog needing to pee, rather you need to understand your puppy’s unique language.
What is the importance of establishing a good bathroom routine?
There’s no getting around the fact that your puppy will need to pee, and it’s important that their bathroom routine is a good experience for them. They shouldn’t feel any stress or guilt about needing to pee – rewards and praise will go much further than discipline when it doesn’t go to plan. Try to let them pee in a consistent timeframe every day – of course if your dog looks like they have to pee sooner, make sure to let them.
What are other reasons for your puppy peeing?
There are actually many reasons your dog could pee other than needing to relieve themselves. Excitement peeing (when they literally cannot contain themselves), territorial marking (to cover another dog’s scent), and stress peeing (oh no, not another storm!) are all reasons why your puppy could pee outside of their usual schedule. These are all normal and are to be expected.
Is there a difference between boy and girl dogs and how much they pee?
It’s actually a misconception that a girl puppy needs to pee more than her brothers. The gender of your pup won’t affect how often they need to pee.
Do smaller dogs pee more?
Sort of – it’s undoubtedly true that smaller dogs have smaller bladders, and they will need much less water to be hydrated. Of course, they will drink less water to fill those bladders, so unless they are drinking more than they need to, then the 1 hour for every 1 month of life will apply for all dogs, regardless of size.
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Will diet affect how often they pee?
A healthy and moisture rich diet is incredibly important for a puppy and will lead to a much healthier (and happier) pup. A healthy diet may not make them pee more; rather an unhealthy diet with processed foods can affect their bowel health and make them pee less than they should.
Can your puppy hold their pee for longer?
Like us humans, puppies can hold their pee if they need to, but like us, this can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful for them. It’s also not healthy to make a puppy hold their pee for longer than necessary too often. If you’re not able to get your puppy outside when they need to pee, then make sure they have a place inside where they know they’re allowed to do their business.
Why is your puppy peeing more than normal?
So you have a 3 month old puppy that is needing to pee every hour? Or a 7 month old that wants to be let out every 4 or 5 hours? This is normal every now and then, but if it’s frequently happening, there are some causes for this (some of which will need to be checked out by a vet).
- Kidney issues.
- Liver issues.
- A tumor.
- Side effects of medication.
- Behavioral issues.
Is your dog’s pee healthy?
Just like their poop, their pee is an indicator of a puppy’s health; therefore, it’s essential to discover why your puppy cannot hold their pee for the recommended time. You want your puppy to grow into a healthy dog, so sorting out any issues (health or behavioral) is important for long-term health. Pee that is too dark, cloudy or smells is also a concern.
What if your puppy doesn’t seem to be peeing often enough?
Just like having a puppy that’s peeing too much, having one that doesn’t go enough can be troublesome and worrying. The number one thing to look at is their hydration – do they have easy access to water and are they drinking enough?
Should you be concerned about your puppy’s peeing pattern?
If hydration is definitely not an issue, and your puppy isn’t peeing as much as it should, you will want to get them tested to ensure that they don’t have any health issues. Consistent peeing is a good sign of health so make sure you keep an eye on it.
Could your dog be hiding their pee?
One thing to consider is that your puppy could be actually peeing but doing it somewhere you’re not noticing it. Puppies can be surprisingly crafty and sneaky, so if your puppy doesn’t seem to be peeing enough, have a puddle hunt anywhere your pup could squeeze into!
Peeing – a sign of a happy and healthy puppy.
Every dog is different, and their bladder control will be slightly different. But as a general rule, by the time they’re 8 – 12 months of age, you should be able to comfortably leave your dog for 8 or more hours between pees (and no longer have to come home to nice puddles waiting for you in the hallway).