How to know when your dog needs to pee and poop?

Charting our rescued dog Lukas peeing and pooping times

Recording our rescued dog Lukas’s peeing and pooping times

If you have a new dog and especially a puppy at home, it is very important to get to know your puppy’s physiological routine needs. There are several approaches. We choose one that enabled us to keep track of when our puppy would pee and poop, including the times when we would give him food. For this we created a record table, which was on our kitchen wall. We have been tracking this routine into two stages.

Stage 1 – Record the feeding, peeing and pooping times and if indoors or outdoors

Stage 1 - record of time of feeding, peeing and pooping and if indoors

Stage 1 – record of feeding, peeing and pooping times and if indoors or outdoors

We learned through daily records that Lukas would need to pee right after being given food, specially in the morning. As a result, we started each day to feed Lukas in the morning only when we were about to take him out. In the afternoon we learned that once we would return home, if Lukas would get too excited he would pee indoors. Therefore, we learned to be calm and ignore Lukas a bit when we returned home after work and before taking him straight out.

Stage 2 – once you learned your dog basic schedules continue recording now only the indoor peeing and pooping times.

In case your dog poops indoors, it seems that the best is to contact your veterinary for further investigations of this behaviour. It can be related to some intestinal issues.

With stage 2 we continued learning that we need to try to minimize excitement once we would returned home from work. In other situations we learned that the feeding in the morning needs be right before going out, not 10 minutes or 5 minutes before but actually 1 minute before going out :D.

Stage 2 - recording only the peeing times indoor

Stage 2 – recording only the peeing times indoor

Puppies normally cannot hold long their bladder and we understand the need to adapt ourselves to our dog and not the other way around. Eventually as the dog grows to adult, he can hold longer the bladder. However, one should not push this too far as it can lead to bladder problems and peeing indoors. We believe that it is best to know our puppy and rearrange, if possible, the routines that suits best his physiological needs.

Besides all these records, it is good to learn to read your puppy’s body language when he needs to go out. Typical signs of the puppy needs to pee are when he starts sniffing in circles or going to your front door and making noises. There are several tips how to train your dog to tell you when he needs to do his needs. For the time being we are only maintaining these routines, without further training. They are helping us and especially our puppy to know each other’s routines. We still have the peeing pad available indoors to our puppy if needed. However, this does not always mean that he will go there and pee, especially if he is excited.

Peeing pad

Peeing pad

An additional action we do is positive reinforcement each time our puppy pees outdoors, by giving him a treat. We will continue doing this and give him lots of praise, adding up to the routine and positive feedback to our dog of the desired behaviour.

Each time our dog pees or poops inside, we NEVER reprehend him in any way. We basically try our best to ignore it and we only say a minor ohoh sound.


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