Puppies being house-trained need more frequent potty breaks than grown dogs. Dogs can only be relied on to hold their bladder one hour for every month old they are, until 8 hours at 8 months old. That means a 4-month-old puppy being house-trained can typically hold it 4 hours, 5 hours at 5-months-old. Puppies will typically need to eliminate:
- When they first wake up in the morning;
- After a play session (or even sometimes during!);
- After a nap;
- Just after drinking;
- Just before or just after he eats;
- After chewing on a bone or chew toy
- If he hasn’t been out for an hour or two.
Contributors: Morgan Thacker from The Pack of Tampa Bay
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Definitely sharing these tips with my friend who’s having issues with house-training her puppy. Hope they’ll help!
Didn’t realize 8 hours was the max! May need a few more potty breaks than I thought.