When Your New Puppy Needs to Go

Discover the right time to take your puppy out to potty.


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There are particular times when a puppy will have to relieve himself. Being aware of these times will help avoid accidents and improve the chances for expedient house-training.

Always take your pup out at the following times:

1. After sleeping/napping. Pups automatically control their bladders while sleeping. Upon waking, they need the opportunity to relieve themselves. The smaller and/or younger the pup, the faster he will need access to his appropriate relief area.

2.After/during play. As mentioned, activity burns calories and thus produces waste. Activity also loosens the sphincter muscles. It is common for pups to eliminate while playing.

3. After/during training. Again, the activity burns calories and produces waste. Often, a pup is rewarded with food treats while training. The treats may also increase the pups need for water. The more water ingested, the greater the need to eliminate.

4. After meals. A puppy between two and three months of age will need to relieve himself within 15 to 20 minutes after eating. A pup 4 to 6 months of age will need to relieve himself within 30 to 45 minutes after eating.

Reprinted from
 Training Your Puppy in 5 Minutes © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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