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​How to stay on top of your puppy’s potty habits

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As a part of your puppy’s eating, sleeping, and playing habits, you need to include potty time. It’s an inevitable part of the dog’s life. You can train the pup to pee on a pad or hold it until it gets to go outside. Granted, the best strategy is to be proactive with your pup.

When do puppies go potty?

Typically, there are three main times when a puppy needs to pee:

  • First thing in the morning.
  • After a meal
  • After a nap/chew session

If you stay aware of your pup and keep a close eye on their activity throughout the day, you can reduce accidents in the house, directing the pup to a puppy pad or to a patch of grass for potty time.

How often should you take your puppy potty?

The breed and size of dog can determine the size of its bladder. However, puppies will need to relieve themselves as often as every 20 to 30 minutes throughout the day and five to 10 minutes after eating or drinking.

With these durations in mind, plan ahead and set a routine for the pup to successfully potty on a pad or outside.

Teaching your puppy to “hold it”

As your puppy matures, it will be able to “hold it” for longer durations of time. Most pet owners work during the day, which means their pup may be crated for up to eight hours. The ability for a dog to “hold it” until they can relieve themselves outside of their “den” is convenient and helpful.

A general “hold it” guideline is correlative between the dog's age in months with how many hours it can wait to go potty. For example, a dog at the age of two months can typically “hold it” for 2 hours. Once a dog reaches seven-to-eight months, it usually can wait to potty for up to eight hours.

Keep in mind the breed and size of the dog can affect the duration of “hold” time.

Training your pup to pee on command

It is possible to train your puppy to potty on command, whether on a pad or outside. This is a valuable skill, whether releasing the pup out of its crate, being inside someone else’s home, or traveling during vacation.

Using what’s called a “cue” to mark the action will notify the dog when and where to go potty.

Accidents happen

Remember that accidents do happen. Early on in a puppy’s new life, it will make mistakes. You have yet to teach and train it. The puppy’s accidents are yours, not its own. Take responsibility for the puppy’s pottying habits just as you would its sleep and eating habits.

Remain patient as you and the puppy integrate into one another’s lives.

New Puppy Pads offers disposable and reusable potty pads for those new puppy moments. If you’re in the midst of training or transitioning with your pup, consider ordering any of our items online to ease the animal’s acclimation to your life and your home.