Today we turn our attention to puppy night-time toilet training. As with all training, set your dog up to succeed.
Your pup’s bladder control will not be as strong as an adult dog so initially, you will need to either let them out the second they wake and before they start walking about. This is fine if your dog is sleeping in the same room as you but if not, put their bed in either their playpen or a crate that is large enough to have an area for bedding and an area for a puppy pad.
If your pup wakes up crying in the night because he or she needs to go to the toilet then you must get up and let them out. He or she is being good letting you know they need to go out, so do your bit and let him out!
If you ignore the night-time request to go outside, and your pup uses the pads instead, the whole process of getting your pup to be fully toilet trained will take much longer. Your pup will have learned that you don’t respond to his request to go outside and will just make his own arrangements!
Try and give your pup his supper at least a couple of hours before bedtime, as he is likely to need to poo a short while after eating before he settles for the night.
Puppies develop control over their bodily functions at different rates but most should be able to go through the night by about the age of 6 or 7 months, and some a lot early than that.