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Ollie is almost 12 weeks and is still waking up 3-4 times a night to potty. Is this normal? He sleeps in a crate by my bed and cries when he needs to go. I am paper training him, so at least I only have to go as far as the bathroom to take him to potty. He does go every time, usually poop, so he's not just crying for attention. I don't go gaga over it when he does it at night, just a good boy, a pat on the head and back into the crate, so I don't think he just wants attention either. I have moved his last feeding up to 3 or 4 in the afternoon (once in the morning, once at 3 or 4), but that doesn't seem to help. It just seems like he poops more than he even eats!!! I'm exhausted and wondering if I should be worried. Any ideas????

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Well you are feeding him early enough,

What time are you going to bed?
Do you take him to potty, right before bedtime?
Is his stool firm?, if not could he have worms..
What time are you taking his water up?

I got my three at 10 weeks and they were sleeping through the night by 12 weeks..

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I got both of mine at 11 weeks and they slept through the night. Shelby had a little span where she would get up during the night, but it was usually because she had to poop. And it was only a few times and not more than once a night.


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Pooping that often does sound strange....can you take a stool sample to your vet and have them check it?

I can totally relate on how the getting up at night wears you down....Marley would have probably been just fine, but since he's my first dog ever, I took him outside after every whimper, not knowing what to really listen for and boy was I TIRED every morning. He never did and still doesn't poop that often and hardly ever at night, so I definitely would rule out a health issue first.

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It sounds like he may have worms. I can't see why a puppy would be pooping that often. When he was 13 weeks, Kubrick was pooping 3x a day and sleeping through the night with no problems. Do take a stool sample to your vet for him to check it!


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Yes,

Pooping at night here is a 'rarity', it seldom happens. When she was a puppy, it was more like 3X a day shortly after feeding and maybe 1X peeing at night and she was sleeping through the night at about 12 weeks.

I'd ask your vet. Is he pooping during the day too?

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Hmmm...now I'm worried. The vet did check a stool sample last week and said he did not have worms, so that can't be it. He does have soft stools more often than hard. And yes, he poops during the day many times too. I'm not feeding him as much as he would LIKE to eat either. Probably 1/4 a cup twice a day. Occasionally, he manages to get to my chihuahua's food before I remember to pick it up so he probably gets a little extra. Do you think it could be the food? I'm feeding Life's Abundance. The breeder recommended it. It's made with human grade ingredients...the press on it sounds good. I'm just wondering if he's pooping all the time, how much can his little body actually be USING?

I've been determined to keep him on a schedule and potty train by the books, but I'm discouraged. I feed him and wait for him to potty before I let him out to play, but half the time, he'll potty again anyway before I can stop him. It seems there is no end to going potty!!! He can potty at any time! He also gives no signal that I can discern before going wee. We don't have many poop accidents, but wee...that's a different story!

We go into the vet this week for another shot...hopefully she'll have some answers.

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Shelly, I have never used Life's Abundance, but on your comment I went to look online for reviews and for every person that stated that it's a great food, someone said that their dogs didn't do well on it. I read a ton of reviews of dogs with allergic reactions and inconsistent bowels. I'm not sure if that's what could be causing the problem, but why don't you try to feed Ollie boiled chicken and rice for a few days and see if his bowels improve? It might be worth it.


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I didn't read the reviews on the food yet, but if there is a common problem and others have claimed too frequent stools, you may want to try the boiled chicken and rice like Lina suggested to clean out his system and then try a new food? There are some others that are 'human grade'. I remember Gucci did pretty well on "Fromms", but I know other forum members have had successes with other brands, too.

It just seems excessive to poop 6+ X a day? I'd strive for 3X for a puppy and then adult should go 2-3x a day (according to my vet)

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Good ideas...any ideas for our road trip????

Lina, it's a good idea to check the reviews. I didn't think of doing that before. So far I've only checked one site and whew! what a debate! I'll check others when I have time and I think for dinner this afternoon, Ollie may be getting boiled chicken and rice.

I thought it was excessive poop too, I'm glad to get at leat that confirmed. I hope I can get it resolved. I'm traveling across country to California (34 hour drive) this weekend, and I don't know how we are going to manage with Ollie. Perhaps I could cook ahead boiled chicken and rice and put it in a cooler? Any thoughts? I'm afraid it's going to be a nightmare trip for ALL of us, but it's unavoidable.

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