Do Dogs Pee When They Poop? – (What If They Don’t?)

Many people, when starting potty training a puppy or dog, get a lot of questions in mind. 

You have to take your dog out every time he needs to go potty and you are the one who is responsible for not giving him a chance to pee and poop in the house.

One of the so many questions, that is often asked by many new dog owners who just started potty training, is, ”Do dogs pee when they poop?”. 

They want to know if they need only one bathroom visit for both jobs or they need to be taken out at different times. 

Do Dogs Pee When They Poop?

“Yes! Most healthy dogs pee when they poop but don’t poop every time they pee. If your dog is already fully potty trained and he is able to control his bladder for more than 6-7 hours and is eating 2-3 meals a day, ideally, he will take 2-3 toilet breaks and will do both jobs in one visit. While puppies, on the other hand, pee and poop after every meal and pee after every water break.”

A few more answers to a few more questions:

Do Puppies Pee When They Poop?

Puppies are more likely to pee when they poop. These small creatures are potty machines. 

They will poop within 5-15 minutes after eating and that pee will be accompanied by a poop.

However, they will continue peeing many times a day without pooping. 

Do Dogs Pee & Poop After Every Meal?

Yes, most healthy dogs will poop after every meal, but some will do the job only once a day. Some may also prefer to do it 4 times a day. 

Usually, every dog has its own personal characteristics and it will stick to its own habits.

Do Dogs Pee Before They Poop?

Most dogs pee first and then they poop. 

It is a common behavior but it is not a rule of thumb. Sometimes, It can be the opposite too. 

It is also possible, that he pees then poops, and then pees.

Any behavior can be normal until he is doing the deed on time, he is not in pain and the look and consistency of feces and urine is healthy. 

How Long Should You Wait Outside For Your Dog To Pee And Poop?

For dogs, you should wait outside for at least 5-10 minutes, while for puppies, you should wait for around 10-15 minutes. 

You must provide enough time so that your dog can completely empty his bladder and bowel, but not too much, your puppy or dog might think that this is playtime and this is against the rules of potty training. 

Quick Tip: When your dog does the job one time, give him another chance to see if he wants to go again.  This tip is especially useful during potty training and when your puppy or dog doesn’t completely empty his bladder. 

How To Train A Dog To Pee And Poop In One Visit? (But One By One)?

Before actually trying to train your dog to pee and poop in one visit, you need to understand his schedule and personal traits. 

Write down these things

  • If he poops after every meal?
  • How many times in a day does he need to pee?
  • After how much time of eating and drinking he needs to go?

How to train him to go in one visit?

  • Have different commands for pee and poop but whatever command you choose, make sure to stick with them.
  • Praise and treat both jobs separately, dogs are very responsive to positive reinforcement.
  • Give him a second chance so that he could go again if he needs to. 
  • Train the dog to pee all at once.

What If The Dog Doesn’t Pee When Poop?

Dogs usually pee when they poop because of two things,

  • They drink water before, during, or after the meal.
  • Moisture content in the food. 

If the dog doesn’t pee when he poops, it may mean that his food was not containing enough moisture content which is not good. 

You should check the information on the food can and it is best to consider changing the food. 

Also, make sure to provide enough water during the meal. 

When To Worry About The Dog Not Peeing When He Poops?

If your dog poops just fine but is having trouble peeing, you should get it checked as soon as possible. 

  • When you see your dog in pain while trying to pee.
  • The urine amount is so small.
  • Changes in urine color, especially if it is red. 
  • Peeing small amounts all day long.

In these cases, it is best to see a vet. VCAhospital states that these could be signs of a UTI.

Is It Normal For Dogs To Pee And Poop At The Same Time?

A dog might do both jobs in one visit but it is not normal for a dog to pee and poop at the same time. 

Like, when your dog is lifting his leg to pee and all of a sudden, he starts to poop at the same time, it is not normal.

They have different muscles to do the job, so they should do both jobs one by one. 

However, you will still find some dogs peeing and pooping at the same time. But that is not normal. 

Following are some possible reasons for your dog peeing and pooping at the same time. 

  • You have unintentionally trained him to do both jobs at the same time by not providing enough time outside.
  • Due to weak bladder! Maybe because of a UTI, older age, or urinary incontinence.
  • It can happen due to excitement.
  • Sled dogs like Samoyed, Eskimo dog, Laika, Siberian husky, and Alaskan Malamute are more likely to pee and poop at the same time for an unknown reason. 

How To Stop A Dog From Pee And Poop At The Same Time?

If your dog pees and poops together once in a while, that should not be a problem. But if he is making it a habit, then you should take it seriously. 

Here are a few things that you can do to stop him from peeing and pooping at the same time.

  • Give him enough time to outside to get the job done
  • Beat any distractions.
  • Choose different commands to pee and poop and guide the dog accordingly. 
  • Provide the dog with enough exercise (but not extra-ordinary), especially in the morning. 
  • If it happens all the time, even when he is not out to defecate, you can suspect weakening bladder, UTI, or incontinence. Best to see a vet!

Do Female Dogs Pee When They Poop?

Just like male dogs of the same age, female dogs also pee when they poop however, the chances of doing both jobs at the same time are very less common in female dogs. 


Do dogs pee when they poop?

Yes! Most healthy dogs pee when they poop because they often drink water anywhere around mealtime and the meal itself contains moisture. However, it is not guaranteed that with every pee, they will poop too. 

Some dogs pee and poop at the same time (not one by one), but that is not normal if they make it a habit, so it is best to take the necessary action.

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