Not all puppies are the same. Ideally, puppies aged 4 to 6 months should be able to hold their urine at night time.
Occasional accidents may happen but that’s normal at that young age and puppies are still unable to hold their urine the way adult dogs can. Their bladders are still growing, thus, they are still learning the signals of needing to go to the bathroom.
It’s another story if your pup continues to pee every night while sleeping, even if there are no underlying medical conditions. In this case, you may want to relook at your potty training program.
For all you know, you may be committing a mistake or two somewhere, which explains why your puppy’s peeing behavior in its sleep.
Here are some common potty training mistakes; Giving your pup too much freedom, delaying treats, using potty pads, and not sticking to a schedule.
Too Much Freedom
It’s a relief to see your puppy learn where the right place to pee is. After a couple of days of not having any mistakes, it’s quite common among fur parents to monitor less and allow their dogs to roam around the house freely. This relaxation may lead to regression and cause accidents, like peeing in a sleeping area.
Our tip for you is to continue supervising and wait for at least an accident-free month before you ease up and stop your supervision eventually.
A lot of parents understand the importance of giving rewards when their puppies pee in the right place. Unfortunately, there are some fur parents who reward training treats too late or are too stingy.
Our tip for you is not to delay your puppy’s reward, lest, it won’t be able to associate good behavior with positive reinforcement. Plus, of course, you’ve got nothing to lose if you’d be more generous with treats.
Using Pee Pads
We do not recommend that you use pee training pads because these will only prolong the potty training process. It may seem advantageous to have a designated potty spot inside your home, but this only teaches your puppy that it is perfectly fine to pee inside the house, including its sleeping area.
Keep in mind that your goal is to train your pup to only pee outside the house. If no one’s home to take the pup out, it’s best to use a litter box with a material that mimics the grass.
Not Sticking To A Schedule
Dogs are creatures of habit. Learning through association is the key. That said, if you fail to follow a schedule, then do not expect your puppy to pee at the right place.
It also pays to be a keen observer, your puppy will show signs that it is about to pee. It can be sniffing around and squatting. So, if you see these signs, take it out immediately. This will teach your pup not to pee in its bedroom