When Can A Puppy Sleep Through The Night?


Every puppy will have a different schedule of when they can sleep through the night as each develops at a different pace.

Generally, puppies will sleep through the night by the time they are 15-19 weeks old. It depends on the size of the breed of the pup as well as how quickly they are developing.

Let’s talk about the cases where dog owners were able to get their puppies there earlier and how they did it.

Can A 8-Week Old Puppy Sleep Through The Night?

You will rarely find an 8-week old puppy making it through the night but nonetheless it can certainly happen depending on the feeding schedule that the dog is on.

If dogs can make it through the whole night this early they will most likely be quite a large breed, like Dino the German Shepherd.

“Dino (German Shepherd) was 8 weeks old. I set my alarm for 4am the first couple nights then I slept through the alarm after that and had no accidents. So just left it.”

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Most pups at this age will only be able to hold their bladder for around 2 hours and other puppies don’t have any control over it at all, so it’s pretty amazing that this dog can already sleep through the whole night.

Can A 12-Week Old Puppy Sleep Through The Night?

Some certainly can at this age but others might not be so lucky, I know that my Aussiedoodle puppy didn’t sleep through the night by this time.

This little Terrier owner was one of the luckier people with her pup Basil. Even though her pup is very small (and has a small bladder) he was already able to go through the whole night at 12 weeks young.

“I think Basil was about 12 weeks old before he went through without having to go for a wee at 3am!”

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Some people can certainly already hold it at this age but you need to keep in mind that even though these dogs can go the “whole night” not everyone’s night is the same length.

Some may naturally get up at 5 am and have a 7 hour night and others get up at 9 am and have 10 hours of sleep each night.

It Can All Depend On The Schedule

Of course, every person will need a different schedule that works with their daily life but strictly sticking to a schedule can help you and the puppy achieve sleeping more hours at night.

This is the schedule of a Bernese Mountain dog at 15 weeks old, that even at this age still needs a pee break during the night even though he is a big breed.

“5:30am – Wake up, potty break.

6:00am – First meal

7:30am – Potty break.

8:00-12:00pm – Crate time while we are at work.

12:15pm – Potty break and play time

1:30-5pm – Crate time while we are at work.

5:15pm – Potty break

5:30pm – second and last meal

6:30pm – Potty break

6:45-8:30pm – Light games, training and cuddles.

9:00 – In crate for bed time.

12:30am – Potty break”

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The Bernese Mountain dog is, of course, a quite large breed meaning that even at a young age they will have larger bladders than smaller breeds and can, therefore, hold it longer at night and need fewer potty breaks.

I gave my own puppy the smallest meal during the evening before bed and he never had to poop during the night but only the next morning.

When he was younger he still pooped a lot and probably five times a day but as he’s getting older (currently at 19 weeks) he only really poops twice, maybe three times a day.

Another dog owner had the same tactics as I did and fed her pup a small meal at night time.

“At four months now Little Lion sleeps from about 8pm through to about 6am when the house stirs. The point about the pup’s bladder/intestines is on the mark and we balance the meal distribution during the day so that the evening meal is the smallest.”

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If you want to try this method to see if your dog will be able to hold it longer at night you can try out my own puppy schedule:

TimeRoutine For Early Birds Routine For Late Nighters
01:00Wake Puppy: Nightly Pee-time
03:00 Wake Puppy: Nightly Pee-time
05:00Quick Morning Walk
06:00Quick Morning walk
07:00Feed Puppy
09:00Feed Puppy
10:00Feed Puppy
13:00Feed Puppy (light meal)Feed Puppy
15:00Go for a walk (w/ treats)
16:00Feed Puppy (light meal)
18:00Feed PuppyGo for a walk (w/ treats)
20:00Last pee-time before bed
21:00Feed Puppy
23:00Last pee-time before bed

I adapted the schedule to work for early birds as well as people that like to stay up late at night, like myself.

In the time in between feeding times, pee times and walks you can play, train or just let your puppy snooze a bit.

It’s pretty easy to adapt to an individual schedule because there are lots of free slots in between.

My sleeping puppy, Teddy

How To Help Your Pup Sleep Through The Night

There are a few things you can do to help your puppy sleep through the night, even though you need to keep in mind that often pups can’t help it and physically can’t hold it longer than a few hours.

  1. Be close to your puppy. Dogs are social pack animals and don’t usually sleep alone but want to sleep in the same area that you do. Having him sleep somewhere away from you might scare him. Having your puppy sleep in your room with you (at least) for the first couple of days is a good idea.
  2. Bring him to pee before bed. Of course, you need to bring your puppy out to pee before you take him to sleep so that he has an empty bladder and will sleep longer. You can work out how long your puppy can hold his pee by taking an hour for every month that he is old.
  3. Drain his energy. Don’t take him biking or running or anything super crazy because that isn’t good for puppy joints but you can take him on a long walk (45 mins -1 hour) in the forest a few hours before bedtime. Don’t take him on a walk outside if he hasn’t gotten all his vaccinations yet. You can teach him a trick instead of going for a walk for now. Brain exercise is very tiring for young pups so keep the training sessions short (5-10 mins) but have them multiple times a day.
  4. Make sure the temperature is alright. I got my pup during a really hot summer and even at night, it was still incredibly hot. My puppy (and myself) had a hard time sleeping even though I was sleeping with an open window to let in the fresh air. My puppy constantly moved positions to find the coolest place in the room, which was annoying for me because I always woke up when he moved (thinking he needs to pee or whatnot) and it wasn’t comfortable for him either.

If you’ve optimized these things your pup will hopefully sleep through the night or at least long in the morning so that you can get some well-deserved rest.

Don’t worry even if your pup still needs pee breaks in the middle of the night right now. Puppies grow quickly and you might already get some decent sleep next week.

Lisa

I'm Lisa. I grew up with a Yorkshire Terrier, recently got an Aussiedoodle puppy and have learned a lot of things over the many years. I created this website to help you with your puppy and dog-related troubles and share the information I learned about my dogs Fluffy and Teddy.

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