Bathroom Frequency

From the outset you want to stay on top of your puppy’s bathroom habits. A young puppy will need to go to the bathroom as often as every 20 to 30 minutes. After every activity such as training, playing, or a chew session, your puppy may very likely need to eliminate. Be sure to get him outside directly. Your puppy will need to pee as quickly as 5 to 10 minutes after drinking.

Teaching Your Puppy to ‘Hold It’

An important component in training your puppy is to ensure that he learns to go to the bathroom outside the house and that he begins the gradual process of ‘holding it’ for slightly longer periods each week, until he can hold it for a full eight hours.

The following is a schedule that is intended to help you decide the progress your puppy should be making as he grows into adulthood. It is also a schedule that will help you determine when to increase the amount of time you can leave your puppy as he begins to grow. It is meant only as a guideline to help you set goals. The times are approximate and can vary depending on the size and breed of your dog.

Table: How long your puppy can ‘hold it’?

These times are approximate and can change depending on the size and breed of your dog.

Puppy’s Age Time Between Bathroom Visits
2 months 2 hours
3 months 4 hours
4 months 5 hours
5 months 6 hours
6 months 7 hours
7 months 8 hours

Control food and water consumption prior to putting your pup in the crate.

Stick to the same schedule on the weekend that you use during the week.