My Puppy Pees A Lot…Is It Normal? [A Puppy Potty Schedule]

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Does your puppy pee a lot? Check out our Puppy Potty Schedule
Does your puppy pee a lot? Check out our Puppy Potty Schedule

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of puppy pee pee poo poo questions here on the blog.

Of course pee and poop go hand in hand with potty training, crate training, and puppies in general so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by all the poop I’m hearing.

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By the way, much of what I hear is about whether or not “this” or “that” is normal for a puppy.

For instance, the other day someone emailed me saying: “My puppy pees a lot…I mean a lot, a lot…Is that normal?”

Unfortunately, that was the end of the question and I have no idea what “a lot” actually means.  Please define “a lot”

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Does My Puppy Pee “A Lot”?

As defined at the Free Dictionary:

a lot [noun]

  1. a lot or lots Informal
    1. a large, extent, amount, or number: is in a lot of trouble; has lots of friends

I know what you’re thinking: Okay smart ass (referring to Colby) we know what “a lot” literally means, but obviously when it comes to the statement “My puppy pees a lot…” we are looking for more detail.

If you don’t have exact numbers on when your puppy normally pees and poops then consider keeping a puppy potty schedule.

Puppies need a potty schedule. Just ask Archer.
Puppies need a potty schedule. Just ask Archer.

What are we looking for in a Puppy Potty Schedule?

Of course, we want details on when your puppy pees and poops, but this is not all we want in our puppy potty journal.

We also want to know when your puppy eats his meals, drinks water, sleeps, plays, works on his training, etc.  The more details the better.

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What happens is you’ll notice your puppy sticks to routines and schedules.

Based on when your puppy eats, sleeps, drinks, plays will also determine when he will pee and poop.

QUICK TIP: Start your puppy potty schedule today and keep track for the next week. See if you notice a pattern.

Did you notice your puppy poops within 10 minutes of his morning meal?

Did your puppy pee within the first 5 minutes of play time?

Did your puppy pee immediately after waking up from his afternoon nap?

Puppy pee and poop is very predictable when you keep a puppy potty schedule.

Here’s a a hypothetical example of a 8-10 week old puppy potty schedule:

Puppy Potty Schedule

TIMEDESCRIPTIONPEE/POOP
7:00amPuppy wake up. Take to potty spotPee Only
7:15amFeed puppy (drinks water).  After eating take to potty spot.Pee and Poop
7:30amTake puppy for walk.  Pee’s before and after walkPee (2)
8-10amPuppy Sleep…YAY! 
10:00amPuppy up from nap.  Take to potty spot.Pee and Poop
10:15amPuppy training (drinks water). Take to potty spot every 5-10 mins.Pee (2)
10:30-12:30Puppy Sleep…YAY! 
12:30pmPuppy wakes up from nap.  Take to potty spot.Pee Only
12:45pmFeed puppy (drinks water). Take to potty spot.Pee and Poop
1:00pmPuppy play (drinks water). Take to potty spot every 5-10 mins.Pee (3)
 1:30-3:30Puppy Sleep…YAY! 
3:30pmPuppy wakes up from nap.  Take to potty spot.Pee and Poop
3:45pmPuppy training (drinks water).  Take to potty spot every 5-10 minsPee (2)
 4-6pmPuppy Sleep…YAY! 
6:00pmPuppy wakes up from nap.  Take to potty spot.Pee Only
6:15pmFeed puppy (drinks water). Take to potty spot.Pee and Poop
6:30pmTake puppy for walk.  Pee’s before and after walkPee (2)
 7-9pmPuppy Sleep…YAY! 
9:00pmPuppy wakes up from nap.  Take to potty spot.Pee Only
9:15pmPuppy play (drinks water). Take to potty spot every 5-10 mins.Pee (3)
10:00pmOne final chance to get it all out before bed time!Pee and Poop!

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How Often Should My Puppy Pee And Poop?

Okay folks did you total everything up?  If you’re not keeping score then I have a tally for you:

  1. Pee = 24 times a day
  2. Poop6 times a day

Does that sound like “a lot”?

Based on the last half dozen or so puppies we raised this is a fairly normal puppy potty schedule.

Every puppy is a little different and depending on how much more or less you exercise your puppy, how much more or less your puppy eats/drinks will both play factors in how much and how often your puppy has to potty.

I’d like to reiterate, the above table is a hypothetical for an 8-10 week old puppy.

As your puppy gets older he will have better control of his bladder and bowel movements.

These numbers will slowly decrease as your puppy increases in age.

You’re puppy’s potty schedule will most certainly be different then the one above, but you’ll notice as you put together your own puppy potty journal that there is definitely some predictability when it comes to when your puppy will pee and poop.

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What do you think?

Have you put together a puppy potty schedule?

Do you know approximately when your puppy will pee and poop?

Tell us about your experiences and let us know if you have any puppy potty training tips in the comment section below.

That brings us to the next question: How long will it take to potty train my puppy?

We have tons of great puppy training tips throughout our blog organized on our training page.

However, if you’re looking for a good book to help you with puppy training basics please check out Puppies for Dummies.

We recommended it earlier and wanted to mention it again because it’s a great puppy basics book and also a quick and easy read.

Good luck with your puppy potty schedule! Let us know if you have any questions.

little puppy going potty on gravel
My puppy pees a lot!? Is it normal? Check out our puppy potty schedule.

By the way, remember that I’m not your vet so if you think you’re puppy is having bowel problems or issues with bladder control then please visit your veterinarian for a thorough health examination of your puppy.

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77 Comments

  1. Hi, I have a 14-week golden retriever puppy and he was peeing 25-30 times a day so we run several tests and the vet told me that the results do not show an infection, diabetes or kidney problems. During the last few days he pees 15 times a day which is still a lot according to the vet. Is it normal? could this be a behavioral issue related to house-training? We are going to run more tests to make sure he does not have a rare disease

  2. HI! My new puppy is 12 weeks old and he seems to be peeing constantly but only small little piddles. How do i get him to take bigger pees less frequent?

  3. Hi–My 8 week old puppy seems to be on the exact same schedule you shared above. When do I start extending the time between potty breaks while playing? Will she just start to exhibit fewer potty cues and naturally go longer than 5-10 minutes between potty breaks over time? It sounds like her urine frequency is normal right now (3-4 potty breaks every hour while awake and playing), but I’m having trouble figuring out when it will stop being normal or slow down.
    Thank you!

  4. I have a 17 week old Frenchie/pug mix. I got him around 10 weeks and after about a month he seemed to be taking to potty training (only a few accidents inside here and there). But now he has started peeing everywhere inside – carpet, tile, his bed, etc. even when I take him outside frequently and consistently. Sometimes he will pee 4-5 times within the hour. His vet ruled out kidney issues or infections. What do I do?? I’m starting to feel like he will never get it.

    1. Your puppy could just be regressing. I take a step back in his training and treat him like you just brought hime home at 10 weeks. Keep an eye on him 100% of the time in the house and take him out any time you see pre-potty activity like circling, sniffing, or squatting. Also, make sure you take him out first thing in the morning, after nap times, after eating, and every 10 minutes if he’s playing. Hopefully that helps. Good luck with your training!

  5. Hi,

    We have a two month old goldendoodle puppy. He at first was going outside most of the time and then all of a sudden he has been peeing alot inside. Should I be following the schedule you put in this article? How do we discourage peeing in the apt?

    1. Following the puppy potty schedule in the article is definitely helpful when potty training your puppy. If you’r puppy is having accidents in the house you may be giving him too much freedom when he’s in the house. We like keeping our puppies on leash by or side when they are young and don’t yet understand potty training. As they get older and have a better understanding of potty training as well as a stronger bladder we slowly start giving our puppy more freedom. Hopefully that helps. Good luck with your training!

  6. 9 week old German Shepherd, male, pees twice every awake hour. Sometimes outside, sometimes on the pee pad in his crate of covering my rigs on the hardwoods. He poops twice after each meal. Not once but twice! It is often mush but the vet says he has no parasites. Put is fed 1 3/8 cup divided up in 2 scheduled feedings. Not people food. So it sounds he his schedule is what you are describing and I don’t need to fret like I am! LOL! Any thoughts of mushy poop?

    1. Elsa is the first puppy I’ve had that regularly poops twice in a row after she eats. Once you figure out this pattern it’s easy to avoid the second poop accident in the house. As far as mushy poop we add pumpkin as a topper for our pups. Elsa’s breeder gave us a few Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up (affiliate link) in her new puppy basket. We used all of them in the first few weeks to help get her poop to a regular consistency. When we need more than just a few packets we get a few cans of pumpkin from our local grocery store. If you buy from your grocery store just make sure the only ingredient is pumpkin. In the past we’ve used Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin. I hope that helps. Good luck with your puppy!

    2. My German shepherds poop was mushy and often all 13 years of his life. They have VERY sensitive stomachs and I’ve heard others say their shepherds have irritable bowel syndrome. What worked for me- meat, rice, veggies cooked in a pressure cooker with chicken or beef broth- not water. Sometimes he would get dry dog food if his poop was extra mushy or if he got diarrhea.
      Eventually you’ll figure out something that works well for yours. Good luck!

  7. Hi!
    We have a 10 week old mini schnauzer (got him right at 6weeks old) and he is crate trained and does well peeing and pooping outside but he will come in and do little pee spots like every 15 minutes even tho I take him out quite often. (he does drink a lot but I know he CAN hold it because he does in he’s crate and when he sleeps with me at night) what would you suggest? Any tips? (I’ve been told bells on the door but I have toddler so that’s impossible to actually work for us haha)

    1. One thing you’ll want to do is to make sure you thoroughly clean up any potty accidents with an enzymatic cleaner. If your puppy can still smell the potty accidents he will be compelled to go in the same spot.

      Most puppies don’t have full control of their bladder at 10 weeks old. We’ve also had puppies have accidents due to urinary tract infections. If this is the case you’ll want to take your puppy to the veterinarian. Also, we usually notice this at a later age, but our puppies will also eventually start to mark.

  8. Hello, it’s our first night with our new puppy, an almost 12 week old German shepherd mix. My question is whether we should wake him up right now so we can take him out of his crate to go pee one last time before we go to bed. He has been asleep since 7:30 pm and it is 10:30 pm right now. It was a long, exhausting and emotional day for him, so I’m not surprised he’s asleep. I hate to disturb him:/.

    1. Since your puppy is already 12 weeks old there is a chance he may sleep through the night. If it were me I’d probably let him sleep and see if he can go through the night without a potty break. However, if you didn’t get him a potty break shortly before he went into his crate I would consider waking him up for a final potty break then break him straight back to the crate. Hopefully that helps. Good luck with your puppy!

  9. My 15 week old pug just doesn’t stop peeing. She will literally pee 7-10 times in 15mins all over the house and it’s driving me insane. We constantly take her outside to a pee spot where she will pee/poop after a few minutes but as soon as we come back in she will start peeing all over the place again. I raised this with the vet and he just said ‘yes puppies pee a lot’, but i’ve had puppies before and never experienced this. Can it be normal?

    1. We’ve raised a lot of puppies over the years and I can say we’ve never had one pee 7-10 times in a 15 minute span. You might want to have another vet check your puppy for a urinary tract infection or other medical condition. Also, if you haven’t already make sure you clean up all the accidents thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner to remove the smell. Often times a puppy will want to potty in the same spot.

  10. I have a 6 week old puppy. He had his first set of shots august 22, 2020. Which was Saturday. I work in a dog grooming salon and he went pee and poop normally but then I had him running around the salon after hours and he peed three time within a 10 or less than 10 minute time frame and he has a worm belly. I have to go back in two weeks for his second round of shots and fecal and pee tests. Is it normal for him to pee like that?

    1. If you think your puppy has a health problem it’s best to consult with your veterinarian. That being said, I’ve had puppies pee 3 or more times in under a minute and it was normal behavior for them.

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