Yes, puppies are cute and bring immense joy to everyone who keeps one in their home. However, dog owners know what an overwhelming task training a puppy can turn out to be. One of the most important and daunting tasks is to potty train a dog.
If this is your first time taking care of a puppy, you must be vigilant so that you can take steps before your dog throws up its leg. While training, you also need to make sure your dog does not pee a lot. If a dog pees more than normal, it should not be ignored.
Understanding What Is Normal
Before you rush into getting a potty schedule for your puppy, it is crucial for you to know what “normal” is. Adult dogs can hold their pee for around 8 hours and, therefore, require at least 3 outdoor trips a day.
However, puppies have less bladder control and cannot hold their pee for more than 30 minutes. Therefore, they must be taken outside the house every hour. As a puppy grows, it improves its bladder control.
It is also said that a puppy can hold it in the same number of hours as its age in months (until it is 9 months old). For example, an 8-month-old puppy will need a break after every 8 hours, so if an 8-month-old dog needs to take a break every hour, this should be looked into.
Why Your Puppy Might Pee More Than Normal
There can be two reasons why a puppy might pee more than normal. The problem can be medical or behavioral.
There can be many medical reasons for this issue. It can be due to a urinary tract infection, kidney infection, bladder or kidney stone and even a tumor in very rare cases. You must consult a veterinarian if your dog is asking for a huge number of pee breaks in a day.
If you have visited the vet and your pet is free from medical issues, there must be a reason why it is consistently asking for breaks. The biggest reason why your puppy is peeing more than normal is that it wants your attention. Another reason may be anxiety as several dogs often pee when they get nervous. It might also be that it is not receiving proper training and that you have been neglecting its potty schedule. There is also a possibility that your dog’s breed is difficult to train. Such breeds include Pekingese, Bichon Frise, and Yorkshire Terrier.
No matter what breed of dog you are trying to raise, understanding it is a significant part of the process. Only then will you understand what techniques and schedule to use for your dog to prevent your house from getting too dirty.