Owning a dog is definitely a fulfilling experience. By simply hanging out with furbabies, you get to enjoy many benefits. What more if you get a puppy of your own?
For both dog owners and furbabies, the first few weeks can be a bit overwhelming. Even the littlest things can make you worry.
Take puddles on the floor, for instance. You may find that your new puppy pees a lot. For something so tiny, you may think your pup urinates ever so often. But should you be worried?
Is there something wrong with your fur baby?
How can you deal with when your puppy pees a lot?
Knowing the reason why is key in preventing such a dilemma from happening again in the future.
Possible Reasons Why Your Puppy Pees A Lot
Puppies are just like babies in many ways – but with fur! Hence, why we often call them our fur babies. With that being said, it’s only natural that they still can’t control their bladder and bowel movements. This could be the reason why it seems your new puppy pees a lot.
But no worries. As they grow older, they’ll learn how to control their bladder. Of course, if you want to lessen the number of accidents, you’ll need to potty train them at the earliest time possible. Take your pup out for a walk at every hour or two to let them pee.
Most dogs also urinate when they get excited. For example, you left them at home to run some errands. After returning, you find puddles where you left your fur baby. Your dog might even pee a bit after seeing you’re back from your trip. You may think your puppy pees a lot even if that’s not the case.
Other reasons that can explain why a puppy pees a lot are the following.
There are cases when a puppy pees a lot to gain their owner’s attention. It usually happens when your dog is not properly stimulated. They use this as a way to get your attention. Often, this is an effective way for them to make you notice them.
If your puppy pees a lot, it can be an indication that your dog could be sick. By running some tests, your dog’s Vet can rule out the issue. Some of the common medical reasons why dogs urinate a lot are the following.
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Kidney Infection
- Kidney Stones
- Bladder Stones
What To Do If Your Puppy Pees A Lot
Start With A Potty Schedule
Most dog owners think their puppy pees a lot. But in reality, young dogs can’t control their bladder. One fact about dogs is that they love having a routine. This includes having a potty and peeing routine.
It is essential that you enforce a potty schedule for your new pup. This way, it will help them establish a routine they can follow regularly.
Dog trainers will agree that most pups will pee between 30 minutes to one hour after drinking water. It does seem like you need to take them out a lot to avoid unnecessary puddles. However, it’s a lot easier to teach your puppy when to poop and pee.
Take out your dog out for at the same time every day. They’ll soon realize the routine. They’ll also learn how to hold their pee in until their next scheduled walk.
Watch Out For Your Pup’s Water Intake
There are dog owners who leave dog bowls filled with water all day. This is not just an unsanitary practice. It can also be the reason why your dog tends to pee a lot. Remember, pups pee about 30 minutes after filling up their bladder.
According to vets, a dog’s recommended water intake is dependent on their weight. They need about 1/4 to 1/3 cup per pound daily. It would be best to weigh your pup regularly. This way, you’re sure to give the amount of water they need every day.
Again, creating a routine makes a huge difference. Make sure to provide water to your dog at meal times. This will help you anticipate the time when they will most likely need to urinate.
Let your fur baby spend more time outside after feeding them dinner. Make sure they pee about 2-3 hours before it’s time for bed. It’s best to cut their water intake 2 and a half hours before bedtime. Refrain from giving them water for the rest of the night. This way, you can avoid dangerous pee puddles in the morning.
Your Pup’s Sleep Cycle
Puppies and senior dogs tend to sleep a lot. For older dogs, it’s because they get tired quickly due to old age. As for puppies, they need about 12-14 hours of sleep daily. They can sleep up to seven hours without peeing.
However, pups are still learning how to control their bladder. There may be times when they may need to pee during the night. If you can, let them do their business and bring him inside to let them go back to sleep.
Take Your Pup To your Local Vet
Is your potty-trained pup seems to be peeing a lot lately? Take them to the Vet and ask for a professional opinion. If your puppy pees a lot because of a medical condition, the Vet should be able to diagnose and treat your fur baby.
Your Vet may ask to do a couple of tests like urine and blood test. Once the results are out, they can rule out the reason for the frequent urination.
Get To Know Your Pup And Help Him Learn
Pups that are under three months of age can’t hold their urine yet, The reason? Their bladders are still developing, hence their need to potty frequently. As they grow older, they’ll learn how to hold their pee in.
Potty training also helps. Praise your pup whenever he gets to pee on the right spot and at the right time. Also, be firm yet kind during training.
By week 5, most pups go on the same spot to pee and poop. You’ll know when your furbaby’s ready to be potty-trained. This is usually between 7 and 1/2 to 8 1/2 weeks. By 13 weeks, they can hold their pee for up to four hours during the day.
By week 14, they can last all night. Usually, by 26 weeks, your pup should be reliably house-trained. Take note that different dogs take potty training differently. Be patient. It takes a lot of effort, but you’ll eventually get there.