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Puppy Peeing a Lot: Is It Normal?

Puppy Peeing a Lot: Is It Normal?

Why is my puppy peeing a lot? Taking care of puppies can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time. If your puppy seems to be relieving himself all over the place, you’re right to worry because there might be a cause behind it that requires your attention. We look at the different probable reasons why your puppy is peeing a lot. This article also offers ideas on what you should do to address the issue.

For very young puppies, peeing every hour or so can be considered normal. But as your dog grows older, the frequency should be much less. From five months old onwards, puppies can be allowed to relieve themselves at five-hour intervals or no more than four to five times a day. But if you notice your puppy peeing a lot suddenly, you may do something about it. Other than cleaning up the mess, you might have to be worried about other possible reasons such as:

1.   Dog anxiety

Puppies, especially ones that have been separated too early from their mothers, can suffer from dog anxiety. Experts call it submissive urination when dogs urinate due to anxiety, shyness, fear, or excitement. Some dogs get nervous or anxious than other breeds. Your dog may be feeling uneasy which is why he’s peeing more frequently than normal.

How to manage:

It takes a while to win your puppy’s trust but you need to make him feel secure. A good place to start is providing him with a safe space where he can learn to retreat safely like a dog cave bed, a crate, or a special hiding place. Anxiety causes dogs to engage in unusual and sometimes, aggressive behavior. Find out what’s causing the dog’s anxiety and learn how to calm your puppy down.

2.   Attention seeking

New puppies in particular would need special attention from you, especially if they were weaned from their mother too early. If they feel like they’re neglected or ignored, some puppies seek attention by soiling. You may get mad or yell when they do, but he would’ve gotten the attention he seeks.

How to manage:

Aside from providing essential care and basic needs, the key to raising a happy and healthy puppy is to make sure you provide him with stimulation, exercise, and socialization. Make sure to spend time every day playing with your puppy. Try buying dog puzzles or teething toys for him. It should keep him happily busy and stop your puppy peeing a lot.

3.   Weather changes

Changes in air temperature can affect your dog’s water consumption, and incidentally, his peeing habits. In colder months, his kidney may filter out excess fluid from the blood as a way for his body to stay warm. In the summer,

How to manage:

Frequent urination due to seasonal changes might dehydrate your dog. Make sure that he gets the fluids he needs and manage his peeing by taking his outside regularly. You can also try some other ways to keep your dog safe all year round.

4.   Lack of training

Why is my puppy peeing so much all of a sudden? You may need to make an effort to train him. The good news is, if other dogs can do it, he surely can! It’s just a matter of sticking to a routine. With a little time and patience, you may be able to help your puppy develop healthier peeing habits. (And that would also mean less mess for you to clean after!)

How to manage:

One of the most important rules of basic dog training is to develop a routine. Set a fixed potty-training schedule for the times of the day when you will take him outside to relieve himself.  The yard would be a safe place to train him if he hasn’t completed his shots yet.

Every time your puppy successfully pees or poos outside, make sure to give him praise and rubs to tell him he’s doing a good job. Treats can also help. If your puppy pees right after you get back from a walk, try staying out for a little while longer next time. It would take a lot of practice but with consistency, you can help your puppy get it right.

5.   Medical conditions

Is your dog peeing a lot on a walk or at home? If it isn’t a behavioral problem, then there’s a chance that the issue is medical. Your dog may be suffering from an underlying health problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Some possible medical causes of frequent peeing in dogs include:

·        Urinary tract infection

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is also common in dogs and is caused by bacteria or a compromised immune system. Symptoms of UTI include difficulty peeing and blood in his urine. The infection can cause a puppy’s excretory organs to behave abnormally.

·        Kidney infection

Exposure to toxins and bacteria may cause your puppy’s kidneys to malfunction, which can cause overconsumption of liquids. As a result, you may notice your dog peeing a lot at night and other times of the day.

·        Diabetes

Diabetes is a medical condition that can show a lot of related symptoms, including vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite, UTI, and kidney infections. Frequent peeing can be a direct result of some of these symptoms. A dog peeing a lot but not drinking possibly has diabetes.

·        Bladder stones

Puppies have small bladders, which is why they do pee a lot when they’re little! But a mature dog peeing a lot in the house can indicate a bladder problem. Stones can accumulate in the bladder and cause an infection and irregularities.

·        Tumors

The presence of a tumor can affect brain and system functions, including excretion. A benign tumor can apply some pressure on the pituitary gland and cause hormonal imbalance. You need to rule out if it’s why your puppy pees a lot in small amounts.

How to manage:

Consult the vet for an official diagnosis on whether or not your puppy is peeing a lot due to a health issue. He can prescribe treatment and offer recommendations on how you can manage the problem properly. The importance of proper nutrition is also important if your puppy is sick. Make sure he gets all the water and nutrition he needs to keep him well and healthy.

As you try to manage the root of the problem, there’s also the fact that you have to deal with the constant mess that your puppy makes. There are puppy diapers and belly bands for dogs available on sale if this could make life a little easier while your puppy is still in training.

It would also help to thoroughly cleanse spots where your puppy has an accident. Dogs have an extremely keen sense of smell and there’s a chance your puppy will pee again on the same spot because he detected his own scent. Use an odor cleanser to eliminate residual smells.


A puppy peeing a lot can either be a result of anxiety or fear, attention-seeking behavior, lack of training, or an underlying medical condition. Knowing these possibilities, find out why your puppy is peeing more frequently than normal. Behavioral issues can be managed with a little time, patience, and in some cases, the expertise of a professional trainer. If the problem is medical, consult your vet and he will tell you how to make your puppy feel better.


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