My Puppy Pees Outside Then Pees Inside!?!? Please, Stop The Madness!

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My puppy pees outside then pees inside!? What Do I Do?
My puppy pees outside then pees inside!? What Do I Do?

What do you do when your puppy pees outside then pees inside the house? Why does he have to pee twice…sometimes thrice in a matter of minutes!?

I already raised 2 puppies before I witnessed this phenomena…or maybe I was somewhat oblivious raising and training Linus and Stetson  (chalked it up as a regular potty accident)…or maybe I was more aware of what was going on (catching the potty accident before it happened).

Anyhow Derby was the puppy that introduced me to the wonderful world of “My puppy pees outside then immediately pees inside! What the heck!?!?

QUICK TIP: If your puppy has an accident in the house it’s important to clean it up with an enzymatic cleaner so your puppy won’t be able to smell the potty spot and be tempted to pee there a second or third time. We recommend Rocco & Roxie Stain and Odor Eliminator for cleaning up potty accidents.

Shouldn’t I feel safe from potty accidents if my puppy already went potty?

Apparently the answer to that question is a resounding “NO!!!”

If you recently brought home an 8 week old puppy then you probably know what I’m talking about. The good news is you’re not alone.

This is a common puppy potty training problem, but the question now is why does my puppy do this and what can I do to prevent it from happening.

Look no further true believer (my inner Stan Lee coming out) as we present the solution to one of puppy’s little mysteries.

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Why Does My Puppy Pee Outside Then Immediately Pee Inside The House?

If you go back to my posts on how to crate train a puppy and how to potty train a puppy (you should go through both of these articles if you haven’t already mastered potty training your puppy) and sift through the hundreds of comments you’ll find the answer to this question on several occasions.

Today, you get the blog post version of that answer with awesome pictures illustrating the madness.

Actually I don’t think I have any good pics illustrating the madness, but maybe a cute puppy pic or two 🙂

The answer to this one is simple: Your puppy lacks bladder control.

Your puppy has only been in this world for 8 weeks.

What were you doing 8 weeks ago?

Maybe hanging out with your friends, eating dinner, having a drink.

This puppy was still in his mother’s womb 8 weeks ago and unfortunately his bladder is not yet fully developed.

So what’s going on here:

  1. Your puppy finishes eating breakfast (we feed our puppies Wellness Core Puppy Formula) and you think this is probably a good time to give him a chance to potty.
  2. You take him outside to his potty spot and voila! He pees, you praise. Everyone is happy. Until…
  3. You step back in the house and immediately your puppy squats and another piddle underneath him. What the heck!?!
  4. Is this normal? Why did this happen? What can you do to correct this problem?

Lets first start with:

Is This Normal For My Puppy To Pee After Going Outside?

Yes, this is totally normal. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This happens all the time as witnessed by ME with dozens of puppies to my resume and as written all over this blog by you: the READERS.

Why Did This Happen?

At 8 weeks of age your puppy does not have full control of his bladder. This means when you take him outside and he goes pee he does not always “get it all out” Almost as soon as you get him back in the house: squat, piddle, UGGHHH!!!!

A puppy not having full control of his bladder explains many of the puppy potty training mysteries.

Just think back to other accidents your puppy has had around the house.

Sometimes it’s difficult to predict potty accidents because your puppy doesn’t exactly know when he’s going to have to potty until that very moment.

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What Can You Do To Correct This Problem?

The answer to correcting this infamous (if you’ve seen The Three Amigos then you know what this means) behavior: After your puppy does his business outside you praise him and then give him another few minutes to make sure he “got it all out”. There’s a good chance he’ll piddle a second time. If so, rinse, wash, and repeat till he “gets it all out”.

Easy, peasy, lemon squezy!

While the answer to why a puppy pees outside then pees inside is not all that much of a mystery I think what we were all wondering is Is This Normal Behavior For A Puppy?

Yes, your puppy is normal.

The good news is as your puppy gets older he will have better control of his bladder which equals fewer accidents in the house and eventually “getting it all out” in one squatting.

This coupled with teaching him the proper place to potty will have your puppy house trained in no time!

QUICK RECOMMENDATION: We recently started training our puppies to alert us when they have to go potty by using a potty training doorbell called the Smart Bell. It requires a little bit of training, but it’s a good alternative to your dog scratching up the backdoor.

One last thing to mention. We have on occasion come across puppies with bladder infections.

If you think this might be a possibility you should take your puppy to your veterinarian for a checkup.

That’s it folks! What do you think? Did we nip this one in the bud?

Do you have any other puppy potty training questions?

Do you have any puppy potty training answers?

Tell us about your experiences in the comment section below.

Before ending this article let me give you two quick tips to help keep your puppy from peeing outside then again inside:

  1. As mentioned earlier, always thoroughly cleanup when your pup has an accident with an enzymatic cleaner like Rocco & Roxie’s Stain and Odor Eliminator. Your puppy’s nose is thousands of times more powerful then yours and if he can smell urine he’ll want to pee in that spot again.
  2. Manage your puppy’s behavior 100% of the time and you will probably catch that second potty accident before it happens although it can be tough because I usually let my guard down after my pup pees outside. If you can’t watch your pup when you get back in the house let him get some alone time in the his crate (we recommend the Midwest Life Stages Crates).

That’s all folks! Let me know if you have any questions.

My puppy pees outside then pees inside!? What should I do? We’ve had dozens of puppies and when working on their potty training we’ve definitely been down this path. It’s more common then you might think and all it takes to solve is a little bit of patience. #puppypeesoutsidetheninside #pottytrainingapuppy #housetraining #puppyaccidents #puppypottytraining #stoppeepoop #housetrainingapuppy
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  1. My little girl is 11 weeks old and she’s definitely been able to correlate that peeing outside = treats and praise, but it doesn’t prevent her from peeing inside regularly, including in her crate. I wake up and will hear her rustling about around 3 AM most nights and take her out immediately, but come back in to find she’d already done the deed moments before. She doesn’t try to wake me up, just goes right there and seems fine with it. (Yes, her crate is the right size – she can get up and turn around but not much else). Or for example, just now, she laid down on a pillow I let her sit on, peed, and then curled up on the other side of the pillow and is napping. She didn’t alert me at all that she had to go and doesn’t seem affected by laying right next to her own pee. I let her out at least hourly (definitely any time she wakes up from a nap, stops playing abruptly, or eats… so always.) Just not sure what to do to get her to stop going inside. I don’t want to start yelling and upsetting her, but just the praise and treats outside don’t seem to be working. She’s much better about pooping – almost always indicates to me she has to go and waits to be let out (other than when she sneaks under my bed when I’m not looking – little stinker).

    1. Congratulations on your new puppy! Every puppy is different and learn at different rates. If your puppy is regularly having accidents in the crate then you need to start over with her crate training. Our friends at Labrador Training HQ have a detailed article on how to crate train a puppy. We put our crate next to our bed which helps us get our puppies out to their potty spot quickly. A couple things we’ve done with our puppies are:

      1. Take away all plush things like pillows, beds, blankets. If you have carpets then keep her off the carpets until she understand she’s not to go on the carpet.
      2. Constant Supervision. When potty training we’ll keep our puppy on leash when indoors.

      Also, she’s still young and it takes time to potty train a puppy. Most of our puppies start to really catch on at around 16 weeks old.

  2. We have an 8 month old lab. He is the worst puppy in the world and I am at my wit’s end. He’ll pee outside occasionally without having to be walked around the neighborhood. But 9 times out of 10 he’ll either pee in the house then run outside and hide, pee on me while looking at me then run outside and hide or pee outside then come in and pee while walking around, then, you guessed it, run outside and hide. He’s kennel trained for night time. He does not pee in the house when my husband is home, which is maybe an hour before bed time during the week and weekends. I don’t know what to do. He is praised for peeing outside and we have a doggy door so he has unlimited access. Please some info would be great.

  3. We got our first Wirehaired Pointing Griffon almost two years ago and our second 2 weeks ago. We seem to have a really tough time with house training! We take the puppy out often and always give her a chance to do both kinds of businesses. We often give her an opportunity to pee more then once (despite the fact that females typically empty at once since they do not mark) but she rarely pees more then once. We bring her inside to play with our other dog as well as ourselves. We never leave her to roam the house unattended and while she’s out playing we actively watch and engage her. Still with no signs at all (no sniffing, no, circling, etc she will sometimes just stop mid run or mid tug and just pee on the floor! I’m sure it’s not a control issue because she sleeps through the night without going out and even during the day can spend HOURS and I mean HOURS in her kennel without fuss or accidents. She’s 10 weeks old! If you have ANY suggestions we would super appreciate it! Our other pup did this too. And we never figured it out. But the last time I had a puppy over 11 years ago (a beautiful black lab) he was house trained in a week!

    1. Congratulations on your new puppy! Everything sounds very normal and it sounds like you’re doing everything right. Hopefully you can spot a sign that will alert you to when she has to potty. Most of the puppies we trained were not potty trained by 10 weeks old. On average I’d say our puppies are potty trained at around 16-20 weeks old. That being said Linus was potty trained after less than 2 weeks of training when he was 10 weeks old. Your black Lab did extremely well to be house trained after only a week. Remember every puppy is different some don’t even have full bladder control at 12 weeks old.

  4. My 12 week old husky lab puppy is great for letting us know when she needs to go out and she does have accidents which is fine it’s a process I watch her a closely as I can. She is crate trained and pen trained never peed in either and won’t still. But when she isn’t in the pen or crate she asks to go pee every half hour and if she isn’t let out she pees in the house. we have built up to 3 hours in crate or pen without potty but she won’t hold it when she’s out of her pen or crate. It seems like she’s choosing not to hold it and I’ve tested this by putting her in her pen when she asks to go outside too frequently and she lasted another 2 hours without even whining to go out. We did get her at 6 weeks and have been at home the entire time keeping a close eye for potty signs.

  5. Our Yorkie pup is about 14 weeks old. She will not pee in her crate, sleeps quietly all night in it, no peeing all night. Then throughout the day long we take her outside, she always does her business and when we are back in side she will pee tiny amounts everywhere every 10 min or so. She’s very smart so I’d hate for this not to work out.
    Help!

    1. Congratulations on your new puppy! You may want to take her to your vet to rule out a urinary tract infection or other medical reason. She’s still very young especially for a smaller breed. It’s possible she may still not have full control of her bladder. A couple things you might try are keeping her outside a bit longer to make sure empties her entire bladder. Also, if she’s getting very excited some puppies will pee a little. If this is the case then try to keep her from getting overly excited. A lot of puppies will out grow this stage. Hopefully that helps. Good luck with your puppy!

  6. Hello,

    We have raised 2 boxer puppies and successfully potty trained them. Not one issue. We recently rescued a boxer mix, about 1 year 4 months old. The biggest sweetheart you’ll ever meet. Rough past, she was left outside for months and not fed regularly. She drinks water like it’s going out of style and does not have any sense of holding her pee. We have been regularly taking her out and rewarding her for going pee outside. Accidents in the house are limited as we are taking her out every 45 minutes. In the crate, she has an accident every time. I have recorded her and she will wake up (around 1.5 hrs after being in the crate) and just go. She is not crated regularly. We only do it when we need to. She was tested and treated for a UTI but we continue to have issues with this. Any recommendations?

    1. Thank you for rescuing! Based on what you’ve said I’d guess that at some point in time she learned to potty in the crate or potty where she sleeps. Either way you’ll probably want to work on teaching her how not to potty in the crate. You can try re-training her by starting from the beginning with her crate training. Make sure your crate training sessions are very short making her successful each step of the way. I’ll look to writing a more detailed post on this subject in the near future. Hopefully that helps. Good luck with your training!

  7. My puppy is 10 months old and will pee outside a few times and still comes inside and pee in her crate. We just started crate training her because we just got her earlier this month, she was already potty trained. I’m not sure how to tell if her crate is too big, she pretty big and we got a large crate from petsmart shes a pitbull and husky mix.

    1. The crate should only be large enough so your puppy can stand up and turn around. Here’s a pretty good article on what size crate to get for your dog. Also, there’s a chance at some point she learned to potty where she sleeps which would mean you will need to teach her not to potty in the crate. If you think this might be the case then you can try re-training her by starting from the beginning with her crate training. Make sure your crate training sessions are very short making her successful each step of the way. Hopefully that helps. Good luck with your training!

  8. We have an 8 week old puppy and she will pee 2, 3 or maybe even 4 times outside and then will still come inside and pee somewhere. Does that sound normal? It is very frustrating!

    1. Congratulations on your new puppy! Yes, I feel like 8 week puppies pee all the time. However, we have had puppies with urinary tract infections that have caused them to have more accidents then normal. If you think this might be an issue then you should see your vet for a checkup.

  9. Good evening! I just got a new Bichon Frise January 23rd. The person we bought him fro was moving and couldn’t take the puppy with her. She told me the breeder told her he was born July 4, 2019 which would make him about 7 months old but my vet said he was probably 9-10 months old versus the 7. Anyway we love him and he seems to be settling in great, but he seems to be struggling with being potty trained. We have him on a schedule and take him out regularly (every 2-3 hours) unless we are out. When we take him out we let him pee multiple times but when we come back in he ends up peeing again on our vinyl floors. Most of the time we do not see him do it and end up finding it after the fact. I need to get him to stop this or we will not be able to keep him. What should we do?

    1. Congratulations on your new puppy! One of the things we do when we’re having the problem of a puppy peeing outside the again inside is when we get our puppy back in the house after a potty break we monitor the pup to watch for potty signs like circling, sniffing, squatting etc. If our pup starts doing one of these things we pick her up and bring her straight back to her potty spot. In order to keep an eye on our puppy we keep her on leash by our side when we get her back in the house. Hopefully that helps. Good luck with your puppy.

      1. Thanks. We will try that. We have also been encouraging him to pee more times outside by taking treats out and rewarding him when he goes potty. Is that ok???

        1. My puppy is 6 months old and walked 3 times a day and still pees in the house what can we do.? We tell her firmly NO! When she does it . But that’s not helping

          1. Keep an eye on her when she’s in the house and keep an eye out for pre-potty activities like circling, sniffing, squatting, etc. When you see her doing these things take her outside to her potty spot immediately. If you catch her in the middle of the act then take her outside immediately to her potty spot and have her potty. If she goes potty outside give lots of praise. Finally, make sure you clean up any messes with an enzymatic cleaner like Rocco & Roxie.

      2. Hello, we’ve got a 12 week old pug Rosie 💕 we got her at 8 weeks and the first 2 weeks she did amazing going on her training pads or outside but these last 2 weeks she keeps doing the odd poop or pee inside. I pick her up and put her straight onto her pad but it’s not working. We’ve got 2 small children so I’d hate them to walk in it. We praise her when she goes outside? Any tips

        1. Congratulations on your new puppy! Our puppies sometimes take a step back with their training and you’ll want to do the same. I’d work on #1 making sure you get your puppy outside:

          First thing in the morning.
          After each meal.
          After a nap.
          After playtime.
          Right before you and your pup retire for the night.

          Also, keep a close eye on your puppy when she is in the house and watch for pre-potty signs like sniffing, circling, squatting and make sure you get your puppy outside if you see these activities.

          Overall I think you just have to get a little more strict with training and your puppy will eventually start doing better.

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