At What Age Does a Puppy Have Control Over its Bladder?

In a way, young puppies can be compared to growing newborns. Both of their bodies are still developing, growing, and changing, even after they leave the womb. 

For instance, newborns will often develop their immune systems last, which is why it is crucial to keep them away from places where they can get sick.

You can compare this to the way that puppies do not have fully developed muscles around their bladders. Because of this, puppies will encounter more accidents, this despite the efforts you put into their house training. Knowing when your puppy has control over its bladder is an important step in housetraining any dog.

How Long Does it Take?

In the very beginning, puppies are physically unable to hold themselves for more than an hour. This means that if you are not taking your puppy out every hour, you can expect to find an accident somewhere, which can be problematic when you are at work or asleep. This will last for the first month or so of the puppy’s life.

After about two months, your puppy will be able to hold itself for closer to two hours. Over time, your puppy’s bladder muscles will develop as the puppy grows and matures. You best option during this process, is to get some puppy training pads to assist in keeping your home clean as your puppy grows.

Typically, after about four to six months, your puppy will have full control over its bladder. What this means, however, is that you can expect to encounter accidents here and there until that time comes, no matter how well housetrained your puppy might appear to be.

Avoiding Accidents as Much as Possible

Because puppies develop their bladder muscles relatively slow, this means that accidents in your house are going to be inevitable. As unfortunate as this might be, now that you know this, you can start taking the measures necessary to prevent as many of the accidents as you can.

When you are away from the house, consider having someone take the puppy for walks. Set alarms to take your puppy out. Set up a puppy pad that you can carry your puppy to.

Finally, be patient with your puppy throughout this process, as it is learning and trying its best to improve.