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    How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    Gilmore is 11 months old and potty trained and I used to let him out in my yard quite frequently. He took forever to potty train and I was so thrilled he was 100 percent I figured the more I let him out the better. He had Luxiating Patella surgery 2 weeks ago and now is forced to potty on a leash. It is cold here and he shakes a lot when he is outside even though he is wearing a coat. The doctor said it is because his leg is weak from the surgery and the cold here doesn't help.

    My question is how many times do you think I should take him out to potty. I think I take him too many times ( I can tell because he won't go) and then he is cold and shaking and I feel bad. But on the other hand he is on crate rest so sometimes I don't know if he is whining because he has to potty or just simply because he is frustrated in the crate. Of course we take him out first thing when he gets up, after breakfast, midday, after dinner, and before bed. And a lot of other times in between. I know there is no perfect answer but I would love some opinions.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    You're the only one who knows how much bladder control he has, so difficult to say. My adult dog (17 months) is taken out 4 times a day at the very least, but lately we usually go out more often because of the puppy who goes out once every hour.

    Maybe try to write down the times he goes, and what he does at those times. See if there is any pattern and in the future take him out around those times?

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    You kinda need to see how well his bladder works. All dogs are different. My dog for instance has an iron bladder and only needs to be taken out 3 times a day. When he wakes up, in the evening when I come back from work, and before bed. That works out to something like 8.30am, 5pm and 11pm.
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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    Mine, twice a day, 6am and 7 or 8 pm depending on the day. Weekends, 3 times usually.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    Pepper is 2 years old andis a little guy at 7.5 lbs. He can go 12 hours - and would if I let him. He hates going out in the cold.

    During the summer I walked him 4x a day but now that its so cold out, I've cut back to 3x a day - 8am, 5pm, 10:30pm.

    However, if he's being jumpy, or won't play with his toys it usually means that he has to go - even if its off schedule. And then I'll take him out.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    3 times are set times like first thing in the morning, as soon as I get off work and right before I go to bed. So like 7:30, 3:30, and 11:30. If they have to go in between 3:30 and 11:30, I let them out when they indicate that they need to go. So all together maybe between 3-5 times. Depends on how much water they drink.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    I think the consensus is about 5 times a day. My 10 yo Lab mix will pee within 30 seconds of going outside, then either come back in or sniff around (offleash in the backyard) for 5 minutes to poop.

    If Gilmore is in the crate around 24x7, then he may be whining for a little attention. If you think so, two suggestions:
    1. Let him out and pet him, massage him in your lap on the floor for 10 - 15 min. You can even do this with a mastiff.
    2. Give him a frozen Kong with peanut butter, kibble to chew on. Outside of the crate, next to you if possible, Or inside the crate if outside is inconvenient. If you are careful with timing, you can put his food in the Kong and feed him from the frozen Kong, rather than from a bowl. Chewing on the Kong gives him something 'productive' to do.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    My house dogs go out to potty 3 times a day...Sometimes only twice of the weather is bad.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    6+ for my almost 2 year old Saint. Pretty much every time I feel the need for a potty break, he gets one too.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    Frag probably goes out 5-7 times a day. Pip only 2 or 3.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    Wally goes out 3 times.

    Morning before breakfast, just before dinner, just before going to bed for the night.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    Dakota goes out in the morning around 7 and then around 1 then around 5 or 6 and then at 10 but mostly we let her out when she needs to so all in all like every one said just work with the dog

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    Mine go out 4-5 times a day. Right after getting out of bed, lunch time, just before dinner time, and once before bed. Sometimes there is an extra trip between dinner and bed.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    Well, at our regular house, probably about 4-5 times per day. Morning, afternoon (noon ish), evening (4-5ish), and then sometimes around 7-8pm or so depending, and then always last potty break before bed is at 11pm-midnight.

    At my dads house, with the fenced in yard, they just go out whenever they want.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    it varries, but easily 5x a day.

    I'm a stay at home mom,I have an erratic schedule to say the least.

    I live in the city, have a fenced back yard but potty the dog on a leash in the front yard. She goes immediately, was trained that way.

    So I take her out on leash first thing in am as I roll out of bed, then after the am feed before I leave the house. I let her out again as soon as I get back. Then whenever she rings the bell if I am home for a long time. Then again if I'm heading out I'll take her outside before I leave, and again as soon as I come back. In the eve I take her out whenever she rings the bell....and last right before I got to bed.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    Quote Originally Posted by lisaj1354 View Post
    Pepper is 2 years old andis a little guy at 7.5 lbs. He can go 12 hours - and would if I let him. He hates going out in the cold.

    During the summer I walked him 4x a day but now that its so cold out, I've cut back to 3x a day - 8am, 5pm, 10:30pm.

    However, if he's being jumpy, or won't play with his toys it usually means that he has to go - even if its off schedule. And then I'll take him out.
    I envy people who's dogs only potty three or four times a day. I won't tell you how often mine go out but I'm glad we have a kennel attached to the house!

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    Depends on the day. Busy days maybe 3-4 times - when I wake up, +/- lunch, home from work, and before bed. But I typically also always let them out right before I leave the house for any reason and whenever they ask. Also, if I'm going outside to do something in the yard I usually let them out with me. So some days I wouldn't be surprised if it were 8-10 times.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    I take my ~1.5 yr old out 3 or 4 times a day. First thing in the morning (6-8 am), then mid day if she's been inside the for the day, then between 9 & 11 pm. But I'm halfway sure that she tries to hold a full tank to mark trees with during our afternoon walks.

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    Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    we go out first thing, about 6.30am than again after breakfast, about 9 ish, then mid afternoon, after dinner, about 7 ish then last thing between 10 & 11pm.
    branston does not let me know when he needs to go out so i just stick to the times i think he needs to go.

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    Smile Re: How many times do you take your dog out to potty???

    I am a stay at home Mom and here most of the time. Ace(4 yr old German Shepherd) tells me when he needs to go, I let him out, he does his thing, and comes back to the door and waits for me to let him back in when he is ready to come in. When I am ready and he isn't I just call his name and he comes running! Since we brought Daisy(American Eskimo/Lab mix) home a few weeks ago and now puppy potty training we all go out every hour it seems....oh yeah...we do have a fenced in backyard in case you are wondering...forgot that part. (Depends on weather with Ace...if it's real cold/raining/windy...forget it...he doesn't wanna go)

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