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Can dogs be trained to pee only on schedule?
07-30-2012, 07:42 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-30-2012, 07:50 AM by Ram.)
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Can dogs be trained to pee only on schedule?
Dogs can be potty trained, but can dogs be trained to only pee at certain times of the day every day?

I have a friend whose dog will only pee twice a day, always at the same time of the day too. So they said the dog was trained by them or rather "already got used" to the schedule, since they do not have the time to walk the dog beside every early morning before go to work, and every evening after dinner. Their dog only has these two opportunities to urinate.

Here is how I feel. I know for a fact that for us humans, it is not good to "hold it" when you have to pee. You should always use the restroom when you need to go, otherwise it is very unhealthy and can cause a lot of problems such as bladder infection in the long run.

Wouldn't it be the same for the dogs? I do not know for sure, but I guess it is also not healthy for the dogs to only pee on schedule instead of "when you gotta go, you gotta go" lol.
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07-30-2012, 08:06 AM,
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RE: Can dogs be trained to pee only on schedule?
Now this is an interesting topic. One time, with my dog I wondered if there was a way I could get my dog to pee in a certain spot in the house. Okay that sounded weird Hide. What I mean is there a way I could perhaps try and find a way to potty train my dog so that I wouldn't find a surprise in the house whenever I got home. With my dog though, a run to the door is what usually solves the problem for me, so there was no on schedule for me, I was always let know, but for me at least, there were signs when it was time.
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07-31-2012, 04:56 AM,
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RE: Can dogs be trained to pee only on schedule?
Yes, a dog can be trained to pee according to a time-table. The most important thing is not to let it pee where it's sleeping. Once that happens, it will take a lot of re-training to change its dirty habit.

Generally speaking, dogs do not pee where they sleep. Like little children, they are less able to control themselves when they are young. So you have to be more atttentive to their needs when they are puppies. Another thing to note is that dogs very often feel the need to go after a meal and after they had a nap. So when you train your puppy to pee on schedule, those are the best times to take it to wherever you have decided should be its toilet. After a while, the puppy will pee on cue when it's led to its toilet.

When the dog grows older, it can control itself better. Then just twice a day is fine. If it really needs to go in a hurry, it will always alert you, usually with low-pitched whining. Just remember not to let it get into the habit of wetting its bed.

Is it harmful or unnatural? I don't think so. We humans can learn to pee at certain times and we have not really suffered for the habit. I have had dogs that were trained to pee on time and they had all been very healthy. My friends who have many dogs also do not see any problem with this kind of training.
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