There is no hard and fast definite “normal” number of poops to expect from a dog
There are many reasons, which may cause your dog to poop. However anywhere between 1 and 5 times a day should be expected. Lets explore some of them:
Routine is a good thing for your dog, they learn by routine, and associations. A “good” or “typical” poop regime would be:
- First thing in a morning. Before anything else, let your dog out. He/She will naturally poop whats been working through their gut during the night.
- After eating. Once your dog has eaten, let him wander outside, he will more likely than not, have a little wonder around and then pretty soon afterwards will start sniffing around, circling and get down to business!
- Before going to bed. before finally settling down for the night, a dog is likely want to eliminate their bowels.
And of course, its very much the norm for your dog to have a poop or three during their walks!
Things that influence the amount of dog poop
The age of your dog
Puppies usually poop more than adults, as they don’t have full control of their bowels. As they get older, so does their ability to retain the bowel movement until an appropriate time.
Senior dogs as with humans, bowel movements go full circle. More often when young, more controlled and regular as they grow and develop into adult hood right through to senior years where they may suffer incontinence problems.
How much and what they have eaten in the previous 24 hours
Much of what goes in…..must come out
Feeding your dog a quality balanced diet plays a large part not only in their general health and wellbeing, but also in their bowel functions. Feeding your dog several smaller meals a day is better than one large meal.
Having a good quality dog food with an adequate mix of protein and fibre will keep the gut in good working order, and produce well formed and regular poops, will avoid issues like constipation or diarrhoea. Feeding excess of anything, for example, fruit, fibre, carbohydrates, grains, treats, marrow bones or non dog friendly foods will al have an impact on the consistency and the number off poops per day.
Give a pack of dogs the exact same routine and food, and you will find that they don’t all poop the same! Like humans, each dog is an individual, and pooping is a natural canine activity. However, the same general rules apply…. first thing in a morning, after each meal and before bed. But some dogs will poop more OR less than others outside of these times.
Some vetinary medications can cause constipation or diarrhoea, which will of course affect the number of times a day that your dog poops. For example, Opioids will generally slow down your dogs metabolism, therefore slowing down the bowel movements. If your dog is on any medication, and you are worried that your dog isn’t pooping or is pooping excessively, check the medication information, it will normally explain if this is a possible side effect.
Illness will affect the amount of times a day your dog poops. There are far too many to mention. Simply check with your vet if you are at all concerned. If your dog seems to be pooping excessively, especially if the poop is of a loose consistency, there may be a medical problem. If this continues, seek veterinary advice. De-hydration is a real possibility if your dog passes very loose stools over a pro-longed period. Equally, if your dog is constipated, and has not had a poop for several days, then again, there may be a medical problem – however, one day of loose stools or constipation isn’t normally anything to be overly concerned about. Keep an eye out for normal dog poop consistency over the next 24 hour period.
Chances are that if your dog is maintaining a good weight, and the dog poop is of normal consistency (ie. not loose or hard) and your dog isn’t having trouble defecating or straining to defecate, then there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
Damn, I wish I had invented dog poop bags… up to 5 bags per dog per day – WOW I would be a very rich man! And on that note, I will end here… I need to go to the toilet 🙂