|Barked: Sat May 21, '05 8:16pm PST |
|It will be pretty tough for a young puppy like Abby to hold it all night (and it's probably not good for her bladders if she tries to). You should let her out to pee in the middle of the night, but it should be under your own terms (don't wait until your dog controls you by giving your a cue). In fact, let her out when she's quiet. If you start giving her a bit of affection with every bathroom trip, she will understand that being quiet begets rewards (attention)!
Here's general rules of thumb when it comes to a puppy's ability to hold her urges:
An inactive puppy (sitting in a crate) will only be able to hold as many hours as her age in months, up to 8 hours.
An active puppy (playing or runing around) will need to go at lest twice as often as when she's inactive.
Since your puppy is 3 months old, you need to take her out around every 3 hours when she's in the crate (although she might be able to hold it a little longer when she's sleeping, I doubt it will be 8 hours at such a young age). If she's not in the crate, you will need to take her out at once every 90 minutes.
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