Do puppies poop at night ?

Do puppies poop at night ?


As a pet expert and animal behaviorist, one of the most common questions I’m asked is, “Do puppies poop at night?” The simple answer is yes, they do. However, this phenomenon isn’t as straightforward as it seems. There are several factors that influence when and how often a puppy will need to relieve itself at night. In this blog post, we’ll delve into these factors and provide some practical tips on how to manage your pup’s nighttime potty needs.

The Digestive System of Puppies

To understand why puppies poop at night, it’s important first to comprehend their digestive system. Unlike humans who have a relatively predictable bowel movement schedule, puppies’ digestive systems work differently. They typically need to eliminate 5-30 minutes after eating because their gastrointestinal tract is still developing.

Puppies also have smaller bladders and less control over them than adult dogs or humans do. This means that even if they don’t eat right before bed time, there’s still a chance they might need to go out in the middle of the night due to fluids consumed throughout the day.

Puppy Feeding Schedule

The timing of your puppy’s meals can significantly impact its nighttime bathroom habits. If you feed your pup close to bedtime, chances are he will need to defecate during the night since his body will be digesting that food.

A good rule of thumb for feeding puppies is three times per day: morning, afternoon and early evening – ideally no later than 6pm if possible – this way you give them ample time for digestion before bedtime which can help reduce nighttime bathroom trips.

Age Factor

The age of your puppy also plays an integral role in determining whether or not he’ll poop at night. Very young pups (around eight weeks old) generally have little control over their bladder or bowel movements and may need to go out several times during the night. However, as your puppy ages and his bladder control improves, he’ll be less likely to wake up for a bathroom break.

It’s important to remember that every puppy is unique and develops at its own pace. Some puppies might be able to sleep through the night without a potty break by the time they’re four months old, while others might take a few months longer.

Creating A Potty Routine

Establishing a regular potty routine can help manage your pup’s nighttime bathroom needs. Take your pup out for a bathroom break right before bedtime. This will not only empty their bladder but also set an expectation that they need to do their business before going to bed.

Additionally, making sure your puppy gets plenty of exercise during the day can help regulate his digestive system and reduce the likelihood of nighttime pooping.

Puppy Training

Puppies are like babies; they require patience, understanding, and consistent training. If you find that your pup is consistently needing to poop at night despite adhering to feeding schedules and routines, it may be worth considering crate training or using puppy pads until he has better control over his bodily functions.

Remember – positive reinforcement goes a long way in training puppies! Always reward good behavior with treats or praise when they successfully do their business outside or on their designated pad.


In conclusion, yes—puppies do poop at night—but this doesn’t mean you’re doomed for countless sleepless nights! By understanding how puppies’ digestive systems work, adjusting meal times appropriately, creating routines around bedtime breaks and implementing patient training techniques—you can significantly improve both yours’ & your pup’s quality of sleep while also fostering good habits for life.

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