What Are The Dangers Of Not Letting My Dog Out To Potty Enough?
Dogs who are not let out to potty frequently enough are at risk to develop urinary tract infections, bladder infections, or become constipated, all which require veterinary intervention and have the potential to be life threatening.
Not sticking to a good potty-training schedule will also interrupt or completely destroy any training the dog may have already had, and result in them using the house as a bathroom spot.
Once your dog has gotten into the habit of going to the bathroom inside of the house, it will be very difficult and time consuming to get him to go outside.
How Do I Get My Dog On A Good Potty Schedule?
The key point of getting your dog to limit how often they need to go out at night is creating a good potty-training schedule in the first place.
Habits can take time to stick but creating and working with a schedule will help reduce the length of time it takes to potty train your pup and will set up a situation in which you only have to take them out once before bedtime and trust that they will hold everything until morning.
Crate training your dog can also help them stick to a good potty training schedule. Some younger puppies may still use the bathroom while in their crate at night, but with proper training and sticking to that potty schedule this can be stopped.
How big is your dog?
Larger dogs can hold their pee and poop for a lot longer than a small dog, who tend to have very tiny bladders and shorter digestive systems which need to be emptied more frequently.
An example of this difference would be for the Great Dane and the Chihuahua. Despite being the same species, they do have different needs!
The Great Dane, being a much larger dog, can probably hold his pee and poop for a lot longer than the tiny Chihuahua who must be let out a little more frequently due to their smaller size.
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Housetraining can be a daunting task for new pet parents. You may have a routine in place during the day to make it go more smoothly, but what about during the night?
Luckily for humans, dogs and puppies don’t need to pee as often at night, so you don’t need to wake up every hour for a bathroom break.
But you will want to follow a modified version of the usual housetraining routine. Try this plan for getting your dog — and you — through the night.