Dog Needs to Potty in the Middle of the Night?

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Puppies like children often need to pee or potty in the middle of the night. This need will diminish as your dog gets older. Some foods with a lot of fillers can produce larger or more frequent BMs and drinking water too late at night might be a problem. Also check with a vet for possible urinary tract infections. This is a page about dog needs to potty in the middle of the night.

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August 24, 2017

My 7-month-old Blue Heeler/Border Collie mix wakes up every night to use the bathroom between 2am-5am and it's been happening for the last month. I use to take her to potty at 8 am with no problems and feed her at 9 am. Then I would take her to the dog park for about an hour and I take her out whenever she rings her bell. I'm on summer break and my dad's self-employed so I'm not sure if her never having to hold it may be causing the problem.

Her last meal of the day is at 6:30 pm and then I walk her to the dog park down the street and we stay from 7pm-9pm. I give her a final potty break at about 11 pm and I don't have an issue with getting up to take her out, but I don't know if that's abnormal.

I'm not sure if this is important but she was spayed at 2 months (which is a requirement when you adopt a dog from the shelter I got her from). She isn't ill and she's still on the same food. She's housebroken and she used to be able to hold it the whole night and she is crated at night. As I said, I have no issue with her needing to go out but I'm wondering if I'm making a mistake in the routine she's on.


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August 24, 20170 found this helpful
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This shouldn't be an issue. Most dogs will drink a lot of water when they return from their walks. You could try limiting her water after walks. I allow mine to drink as much as they want. They are 6 months old and get up twice in the middle of the night to go out to the bathroom.


The older the puppy gets the longer it will hold their pee and poop. Do not worry about this for now. I guess you should just expect her to go out twice at night now instead of just once. The older she get the more you are feeding her too.

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August 24, 20170 found this helpful
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I have a 5 year old Borador (Lab+border collie). It took us almost a year to figure out how to get Tucker on a "schedule". He's the sweetest, coolest most loving dog. You will have better results by altering your mindset about feeding, drinking, training and sleeping based on a schedule. I had to recalibrate my brain to think in terms of energy expenditure. If Tucker hasn't started burning off physical or mental energy, although he appears to be chillin on the couch, I can tell by the look in his eyes that he's WOUND UP and ready to explode. Think of your dog like a gauge measuring 0 to 10, with 2 to 5 shaded in green. You'll realize fast results training, feeding/drinking, and everything will fall into place as long as you keep the energy level close to, or less than 5.


I walk tucker for 45-60 minutes, then play fetch with ball or frisbee for another 30-45 minutes everynight. The first 5 minutes of fetch-he chases so hard and fast- it's like he's not touching the ground. after about 15 minutes I can see the energy level coming down-by the look in his eyes.
If i only walked him for an hour every night, and nothing more, he would probably eat my house, starting with the cielings.
I think it's awesome that you're reaching out for advice and think you should dedicate 7 consecutive nights to spend 60-90 minutes of intense fetch sessions. Everything will fall into place nicely. I promise.

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September 3, 20170 found this helpful
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Is this peeing or pooping?
If it's pooping, It's likely the food you are feeding has too many "fillers" in it.
Try to gradually switch to a higher quality food with more meat and meat protein. Fillers should be lower on the list of ingredients. This includes soy, oats, wheat, and corn. Also corn syrup, artificial colors, etc.


Here's an example of a bad dog food:
Ingredients: Corn, Soybean Meal, Beef & Bone Meal, Ground Wheat, Animal Fat (BHA Used As Preservative), Corn Syrup, Wheat Middlings, Water Sufficient For Processing, Animal Digest (Source Of Chicken Flavor), Propylene Glycol, Salt, Hydrochloric Acid, Potassium Chloride, Caramel Color, Peas, Sorbic Acid (Used As a Preservative), Sodium Carbonate, Minerals

Much better:
Chicken Meal, Dried Potatoes, Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Sweet Potatoes, Chicken, Natural Chicken Flavor, Turkey, Yeast Culture, Organic Alfalfa Meal, Salt, Salmon Oil, Vitamins, Minerals and Probiotics.

The food should be more like the second than the first.

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June 25, 2011

My pet has been trained to pee outside for almost 9 months. Lately she is peeing in her sleep, especially when she is sleeping on my lap or during the night, she will wake up suddenly and want to go outside, but does not pee. I have stood outside for almost 20 minutes waiting and nothing. All she does is sniffs the grass than stands by the door wanting to come in. I don't know what to do.

She is playful so I don't think she is ill. She was spayed at 6 months. She has had some occasional flare-ups with her anal glands and been treated by the vet. Any suggestions will help.


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June 26, 20110 found this helpful
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The pup needs to be checked for a bladder infection, or other issues. After that, the vet could suggest ways to help the darling not have such a full bladder at night, but if it is from an infection, it would be easy to treat.

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