One of the most common errors that our clients make when attempting to potty training their puppy is food management. They leave the puppy’s water and food bowls down and available to the puppy all day long. With this said, they wonder why their puppy is going to the bathroom all over the place at different times.
Except for health reasons (consult your vet) or hydration reasons (it is really hot, your puppy is playing like a crazy dog), you don’t need to leave his water and food bowls down filled with food and water for him all day long. The one exception to that is in regards to the special needs of a young puppy and water. We will get to that in a second.
Many times a puppy will drink or eat out of boredom.
"I have nothing to do. Look! There is a bowl of water! I think I will wonder over there and have some water..."
This leads to the puppy over eating and over drinking. They will go to the bathroom more frequently with less predictability.