Puppies are a lot of work! They need to be housebroken, and training them can be difficult. One thing that is often overlooked when it comes to potty training your puppy is nighttime as you are learning to house train your dog over the first few weeks of ownership.

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Puppies who sleep through the night in their crate may not make it outside before they have to go – and accidents happen. For that reason, when you are trying to do everything all in one go – crate training, how to toilet, puppy walk routine etc – make good use of old newspapers and puppy pads – when your puppy needs to go nothing will stop it, night time or day time.

Puppies have very small bladders which means that when you toilet train them then regular potty breaks will be the norm as you get into a good routine. If there is a mess, don’t blame your puppy – sometimes they just will not make it to the door and out into the garden in time.

If you’re a first time dog owner, you may not know that puppies usually go potty at night. They can be hard to get up and out of bed to take them outside in the middle of the night so we have some tips for nighttime puppy toilet training.

Where do we start?

First thing, make your pup’s sleeping area comfortable enough that they want to stay there. Put their food and water dish right next to it since they will only eat if they are hungry or thirsty anyway. If they fall asleep during nap time on their own, give them an opportunity to relieve themselves before putting them back into their crate or play pen for sleep time.

This is especially important when it comes to nighttime puppy toilet training because if your pup sleeps in its own den he will prefer to have a toilet area that is different from where he sleeps. Even a new puppy will want this and as your puppy grows you want this to be an essential part of what they do

It can be quite difficult to train your pup during the day, but at night it is much easier. If you’re struggling with nighttime accidents in the house here are some tips and tricks that might help. How do you teach a puppy to go outside? One of the easiest ways is by using a toilet!

This will give them an idea of what they need to do when they need to go out. The key is consistency, so make sure every time your pup has an accident they either get taken outside or reprimanded for going inside. It may take some time but eventually they’ll catch on and start asking permission before doing their business anywhere other than outdoors!

Nighttime training in the house

If you’re looking for a way to train your dog to go potty in the night, then this post is for you. There are many benefits of toilet training at night and there are also many ways that it can be done. In this blog post, we will share tips on how to get started with nighttime puppy training as well as some helpful tricks that have worked wonders for us, and so you can then decide what works for you.

A scientific note. Puppies sleep through the night by the age of 16 weeks. As younger puppies, they may need to go every two hours, so you have to train them as toilet training does not come naturally for pups. Even adult dogs have to be trained to do it in advance – which is easier.

The best way to get a good night is to train a puppy into sleep routines in order to get enough sleep for him to go through the day. The good news is that if he is 6 months or older, it’ll probably be just a few nights of adjustment before you’re able to sleep at night with your puppy.

Where Should Your Puppy Sleep?

This training will work best if your puppy is in your bedroom so you know what he’s doing, and even better in the same area. If you aren’t willing or able to have your puppy in your room at night, you can do this training with him in another room.

An exercise pen is a good option for your puppy’s confinement area. Take your puppy in there and then make lost of comforting sounds. If you want him to be by himself in a new environment, try sleeping with music or a fan on the couch. This will make your whole sleep training program go a lot more smoothly.

How often do puppies pee?

Puppies under 16 weeks of age are not able to control their bladders. Most puppies find their way to a new home at 2-3 months old. You will still need to make (at least) one trip halfway through the night for puppies under 4 months old, and maybe a little after that for some pups.

But much of this will depend on your pup – so what are his eating habits? Lots just before bed might not be a good idea. Your pup should go to the toilet just before you all go go bed and if he needs treats to do so, then so be it. Again, don’t forget puppy pads if you don’t get there in time for a potty break.

Once the puppy learns the routine then that should be great but when training a puppy, remember to take your puppy to the toilet area as soon as you think he needs to go. But when your puppy needs to go, then don’t forget puppy pads.

What if my puppy has an accident?

There are a couple of different ways to train your puppy and you can train them. Remember to not scold your pups harshly for mistakes and not to make them nervous to pee in front of you.

It’s important to remember not to tell your puppy that you have made a mistake, or to hide away from it. We hear that behind the couch is an excellent hiding place for a puppy. So you need to be firm in telling him that he’s done wrong but don’t over-punish him. Most puppies will get this soon enough in relation to house training, and a young puppy wants to please its owner.

Signs your puppy needs to pee at night

Young puppies often cry at night time because they need comfort and reassurance. But they also cry because they may need to go to the toilet. If they do, take them outside to go and then put them back to bed again with as little fuss. You will soon learn to tell if your puppy needs to pee at night time, but you should get him into the routine early as part of your house training to get him to go to the toilet when you toilet train him.


Training a puppy needs patience. House training is hard but puppies are on your side believe it or not.

Puppies have a natural instinct to go to the toilet in one place. So, as long as they get enough exercise during the day, you can teach them where to do their business at night by following these steps. 

Step 1: Take your puppy outside for 2-3 walks every day so he doesn’t build up too much energy before bedtime. This will help him sleep better through the night and keep his bladder muscles loose all throughout the evening. 

Step 2: Set an alarm on your phone or watch with a timer that goes off 15 minutes before it’s time for your puppy to go to sleep (this is usually around 10 pm). When the alarm goes off, take him out one last time just like normal without alerting your puppy to anything strange. Many owners also go to bed then too.

Puppies need to be trained on how and when they can do their business at night. The best way to train your puppy is by using a crate, which will provide them with a safe environment for sleep and where you can monitor potty habits.

Follow these simple steps below to help get started if you are using a crate:

1) Make sure your pup has plenty of water before bed time (but don’t let him drink too much).

2) Put the pup in his or her new home-the dog crate-for about an hour just after dinner so that he knows it’s “bedtime.”

3) Get up every couple hours during the night, take the pup outside, praise him if he does his duty there, then put him

Puppy Toilet Training FAQs

Should I wake my puppy up to pee at night?

This can certainly be advisable.

Puppies who sleep through the night in their crates may not make it outside before they have to go, so puppies should be taken outside often during the day and maybe even more at night. Before starting crate (or puppy home) training, trainers recommend toilet training your pup first with pads or newspapers next to its potty spot.

Puppies have small bladders so potty breaks are necessary for them as they get used to their new routine. If accidents happen, it can’t be blamed on the puppy who just couldn’t make it out the door fast enough.

Should I take my puppy to the toilet in the night?

The training information is pretty clear on this. Your puppy will not make it through the night so you will need to take him out to pee at nighttime so you will need to wake him.

How do I stop my puppy from going to toilet at night?

You can’t – you will need to be a responsible owner and manage your puppy while he is toilet training.

How long can a puppy go without peeing at night?

Puppies under 16 weeks of age cannot control their bladder and need to relieve themselves as frequently as every few hours. Most puppies find new owners at 2-3 months old. To ensure success, plan on having someone stay up twice a night for the first 4 months of your pup’s life.