How often do puppies need to poop?

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MauiJNP:
I have a young toy poodle who is about 14 weeks old. I wanted to know how often he needs to go out to poop. I take him out to pee every hour but I don't know which times he should also be pooping, certainly not every hour? I try to take him out after he eats his food or gets treats but he has access to his food all day long so its hard to know when he is or isn't eating and how much he eats (so I know if its enough to make him go poopy). Also, when its bedtime, I take him out around 2:30 am (after he has been cut off from food for several hours) to do his business before bed (yes we stay up late) he doesn't go poopy but he did at around midnight so I figure thats ok.

Then he wakes me at 4am to go out poopy. So, why does it seem that he can only go 4 hours between poops when he doesn't eat anything at all in between? Is this normal? How can I get him to go further in between? I want him to be able to sleep at least 6 hours without needing to poop if possible. Thanks for any info.
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Fluttervale Labradors:
[nq:1]I have a young toy poodle who is about 14 weeks old. I wanted to know how often he needs ... him to be able to sleep at least 6 hours without needing to poop if possible. Thanks for any info.[/nq]
Dogs generally "go" just after eating. I would reccomend feeding him 3-4x daily, and removing his food if he doesn't eat. This will put him on a schedule (wheras now he may go any time of day) and you can better predict when he will need to go. You can adjust when he eats to make housebreaking easier.
As he goes at 4 a.m., I would either feed the last meal enough hours earlier to bring that back to a time when you are awake, or make it that much later to make him need "out" after you are up in the morning.

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Leah:
[nq:1]I have a young toy poodle who is about 14 weeks old. I wanted to know how often he needs ... him to be able to sleep at least 6 hours without needing to poop if possible. Thanks for any info.[/nq]
Just like people, all dogs have different poop patterns. Some have to poop right after eating, some hours later. So as long as his poops are healthy, he's normal.
As long as you're free-feeding him (allowing him access at all times), you may not ever see a "poop pattern" emerge. I'd suggest feeding him 3 times a day, in measured amounts (according to the bag directions). What he doesn't eat in
10 minutes is picked up. You'll regulate his eating habits, and he'll regulatehis pooping habits.
What kind of food is he getting? That can have a lot to do with how much he poops.
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Marcel Beaudoin:
[nq:1]I have a young toy poodle who is about 14 weeks old. I wanted to know how often he needs ... out to pee every hour but I don't know which times he should also be pooping, certainly not every hour?[/nq]
I doubt it. When Moogli (shih tzu/min schnauzer mix) was that age, he was pooping 3 or 4 times a day. Now that he is a little over 2 years old, this is his pattern: In the morning, on his walk, he usually goes once. In the evening, he usually goes twice.
[nq:1]I try to take him out after he eats his food or gets treats but he has access to his ... is or isn't eating and how much he eats (so I know if its enough to make him go poopy).[/nq]
We free feed as well, and he still goes twice a day. There is really no difference between now (when he is loose all day) and before the summer (when he was crated during the day) on when he eats. He usually snacks a little bit in the morning after I put him in the bedroom and I leave for work, and he eats a whole lot at night just after we go to sleep.
[nq:1]Also, when its bedtime, I take him out around 2:30 am (after he has been cut off from food for ... him to be able to sleep at least 6 hours without needing to poop if possible. Thanks for any info.[/nq]
I think right now, you are limited by his age. At 14 weeks, 4 hours is pretty good. When animals sleep, their digestive processes slow down. For your pup, right now it takes about 5 hours for the food to work its way through. Give it a month or so, and he should be sleeping longer without needing to go to the bathroom.

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MauiJNP:
[nq:1]What kind of food is he getting? That can have a lot to do with how muchhe poops.[/nq]
he is getting Eukanuba puppy small breed
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Leah:
[nq:1]he is getting Eukanuba puppy small breed[/nq]
Hmm. He shouldn't be having too frequent poops with that one. (Not that it's great, but it's not one of the all-filler foods). What are the consistency of the poops?
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MauiJNP:
[nq:2]he is getting Eukanuba puppy small breed[/nq]
[nq:1]Hmm. He shouldn't be having too frequent poops with that one. (Not thatit's great, but it's not one of the all-filler foods). What are theconsistency of the poops?[/nq]
what food is great if not that one?
his poops are mostly dry but somewhat wet.
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Leah:
[nq:1]what food is great if not that one?[/nq]
I like this: http://chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com /

And it's cheaper than Eukanuba.
[nq:1]his poops are mostly dry but somewhat wet.[/nq]
Firm, well-formed? If they're runny, it may not be the right food for him.

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