When you’re looking for information about how to train your puppy, you often come across the phrase “take them out every time they go outside”.
It’s a common phrase that is often used in many books and articles about training dogs.
But do you know what it actually means?
Dogs Need to Go Out Several Times a Day
I can remember when I first started working with dogs as a teenager, my family would always leave me at home while we went shopping or to the park.
I was left alone all day long, so I spent most of my time playing video games or watching TV.
I didn’t understand why my parents were letting me stay home all day – I thought I needed to go out to play!
Then one day, I realized my mom wasn’t leaving me at home because she wanted me to be safe and secure – she just wanted me to get some fresh air and exercise.
So, I started going outside regularly with my dog, and I quickly learned that I could have fun while I got fresh air and exercise.
In fact, if you don’t let your dog go outside several times a day, he will become bored and destructive.
So, if you want your pet to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted, you need to make sure your dog has enough opportunities to go outside and enjoy the fresh air.
So, here are the numbers of times you should take your dog out per day based on their size and age.
- Small Dogs (10 pounds or less)
- Medium Dogs (11-25 pounds)
- Large Dogs (26-35 pounds)
- Extra Large Dogs (36-50 pounds)
- Giant Dogs (51 pounds or more)
The Number of Times a Dog Needs to Go Out Depends on Several Factors
Most people think that if their dog goes outside once or twice a day, then they’ve done enough.
But this isn’t always true.
There are several factors that determine how often you need to take your dog out.
Do you have an older dog?
If so, he needs more frequent outings than a younger dog does.
Older dogs tend to be less active and have different urinary tract issues than puppies.
They also may not like going outside as much as puppies do.
If you have an adult dog, make sure to keep him active by taking him on long walks or playing fetch with him regularly.
This will help him stay healthy and happy.
Smaller dogs need to go out more frequently than larger dogs because smaller dogs don’t hold it as long.
Also, small dogs have a shorter attention span.
They want to get back inside quickly after they finish their business.
So, if you have a smaller dog, aim to take him outside three to four times per day.
Are you concerned about your dog’s health?
Then you’ll probably need to take him out more often than usual.
Some dogs can hold their urine longer than others, but most dogs usually go when they feel the urge.
Make sure that you listen to your dog when he wants to go out.
If you aren’t around, then give him a few minutes before heading outside.
That way, you won’t miss his final trip to the bathroom.
If you have a dog who has any type of medical condition, you might need to bring along a bag with a litter box and some food so that he doesn’t have to go outside when he feels like doing his business.
For example, dogs with kidney disease must go outside frequently to avoid developing kidney stones.
Puppies Usually Need to Go Out More Often Than Adult Dogs
When you say “every time he goes outside”, this basically means that you have to take him out at least once every hour.
This may sound like a lot, but if you live in an area with cold winters, then you will need to take your dog out more often than someone who lives in a warm climate.
If you’re not sure whether or not you’ve taken your dog out enough, we suggest that you look at his poop.
If he has solid poops (not mushy), then you don’t need to worry too much.
But if you see lots of loose droppings, then you may want to make some changes to your routine.
There are several reasons why puppies usually need to go out more often than adult dogs:
- Puppies have smaller bladders so they tend to urinate more frequently than adults do.
- Puppies are still growing, so they need to go out more often to avoid bladder infections.
- Puppies are generally more active than adult dogs, so they need to go out more often to avoid overheating.
What We Can Learn From Puppies
One thing that we can learn from puppies is that they are very eager to please their owners.
They also love to be around people, which makes it easier for us to teach them new things.
In fact, when you first get a puppy, you shouldn’t expect him to sit still while you give him commands.
He’ll just run over to you and start trying to lick you!
This is one reason why we recommend that you start taking your puppy out before he even starts learning basic obedience commands.
Once he gets the hang of it, he’ll probably stop running all over the place to try to lick you.
However, if you wait until after he learns the basics, then you may find that he won’t listen to you as well.
So it’s best to be ahead of the game and start taking him out as soon as possible.
We also recommend that you start taking your puppy out right away because it helps him develop a strong bond with you.
If you wait until later on, you could end up having problems trying to train him because he won’t trust you as much anymore.
Some Dogs May Need to Go Out More or Less Often Than Others
The answer is not as simple as just taking your dog out once a day.
There are several factors that can affect how often your dog needs to go out.
For example, if you have a large yard, your dog may need to go more often than if you had a small one.
Also, if your dog has a tendency to be destructive, you might want to make sure they don’t pee on anything important (like your couch).
Another factor to consider is whether your dog has an issue with going out during the night.
Some puppies will stop drinking water after dark because they get scared when it gets dark.
If this is the case with your pup, it’s best to keep them inside until they get over their fear of the dark.
Finally, if you live in a very cold climate, you might want to consider keeping your pooch indoors during the winter months.
This will allow them to stay warm enough while they are waiting for you to take them out.
If you’re wondering how often you should take your dog out, here’s some general guidelines:
- Your puppy should be taken out every hour or so. The first hour is especially important as it allows them to acclimate to being outside. After this, you can start to reduce the amount of time they spend outside.
- As your pup grows older, you will probably only need to take them out every 2-3 hours. However, it’s still good to give them a break from time to time.
- Adult dogs typically only need to go out twice a day. They usually won’t need to go out during the night unless there is something wrong.
- Keep in mind that your dog’s body temperature changes depending on the weather. In hot weather, they will sweat more and therefore need to go out more often. On the other hand, in colder temperatures, dogs tend to pant less and therefore need fewer trips to the bathroom.
Dogs Should Be Taken Out at Least Once a Day
The phrase “take them out every time they go outside” may seem like an easy way to communicate with your dog, but it can be misleading.
The truth is that there isn’t really any standard rule on when exactly you have to take your dog out.
In fact, some experts say that most dogs need to go out at least once a day.
While others say that you should take dogs out no less than twice a day.
So, how much do you actually have to take your dog out?
What are the guidelines?
And what happens if you don’t follow them?
Let’s find out.
If You Have a Dog
The easiest way to explain this is by using an example.
Let’s say we have two dogs – one is named Harry (a black Labrador) and the other is called Sam (a chocolate lab).
Harry has been trained before so he knows to use his toilet when he gets home from work.
He knows that if he goes out during the day, he will be taken back inside again.
So Harry waits until he can get into the house to go to the bathroom.
This means that Harry has to wait until he gets home before he can pee or poop.
Sam does not know this rule.
He only knows that when he wants to go outside, he just needs to walk outside with his owner and then go to the nearest tree or bush to pee or poop.
If Sam doesn’t want to go to the same place twice, he might need to find another spot where no-one else is around.
So now let’s say that Sam decides to go out on his own.
He walks over to the bush and pees or poops.
But he doesn’t like the taste of his poop, so he runs away and finds another spot to urinate or defecate.
In order to get rid of this new stench, he runs away again and finds a different spot to do it over and over again.
In this case, Sam is going through the process of potty training.
He’s trying to learn that he can control himself enough to go to the toilet and eliminate the smell.
We call this process potty training because it involves teaching a dog to go to the toilet instead of relieving itself wherever he chooses.
This is why it’s important to take your dog out at least once a day.
The reason for this is simple: when you give your dog regular access to the outdoors, they are more likely to learn to use their toilet correctly.
It’s also important to note that if you have a puppy, then it may take longer for them to learn than an adult dog would.
Puppies are still developing mentally and physically, so they need more ‘practice’ to learn things.
For instance, puppies who haven’t learned to use the toilet properly have accidents all over the house.
As they grow older, however, they will start to learn to control themselves better.
They will also eventually be able to hold onto their urine for longer periods of time.
This means that if they don’t have access to the toilet for a long period of time, they will eventually make a mess somewhere else.
As a result, you will need to clean up after your dog.
We hope that this article has helped you understand what taking your dog out is all about.
When you’ve got a dog, it’s important to understand how to take them out at least once a day.
After all, if you don’t, your dog is going to end up making a lot of messes!
You Should Be Prepared to Take Them Out Several Times a Day
This is one of those phrases that are easy to understand on paper but can be hard to implement in real life.
The truth is, if you want to properly train your dog, you have to take them out several times a day, or even more than that.
For example, when you let your dog out, you don’t just send them off into the world with no supervision.
Instead, you need to give them some kind of reward or treat to keep them from going back inside.
And once they’ve done their business, you then need to make sure you clean up after them.
This way, they learn to associate being outside with having something good happen.
Even if you’re not trying to teach your dog any specific behaviors, you still need to take them out several times a day.
If you only take them out once or twice a day, you’ll find that your dog will stop wanting to use the bathroom in your house as much.
It could even result in accidents happening inside the home.
And if you do end up with an accident, it makes it harder to clean up afterwards.
That’s why you need to take your dog out several times a day, so they get used to doing it in the open air.