Puppy Potty Problem
i just got my puppy, she is 2 months old. She is well behaved in some aspects. However, she gives me no warning when she needs to go. She'll just...go.
I'm not sure what to do. I try to make sure i take her out soon as she's done drinking or eating or when she just wakes up from a nap. She still doesn't seem to connect the outside with going to the bathroom.
She's adorable! The behavior you describe is perfectly normal, puppies only have VERY basic bladder/bowel control (and sometimes none at all) when they're 8 weeks old. When the urge strikes, they just go (as you've found out).
This will improve as she gets a little older though, and getting into a routine of mealtimes, playtimes, potty breaks and naps will help. Crate training also helps teach this sort of control.
Puppies at this age need to go outside for a potty break every 30 mins to an hour during the day (AND after every meal, drink, playtime and nap) and quite often 2 or 3 times during the night.
If you;'re patient and consistent in your training, she will begin to understand that she needs to go outside - but it certainly won't happen within day, not even weeks. With practice and consistency most puppies are beginning to be reliable about their potty habits by about 6 months of age.
Puppies are really just tiny babies and they need to learn everything through repetition and association. They do want to please you though, and will try very hard to do that once they understand what you want from them.
Best of luck with that adorable little girl.
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