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When could your dog "hold it" for a work day?

1421 Views 20 Replies 13 Participants Last post by  Hankscorpio
I know each dog is different so I'm looking for anecdotes. I'm having a really easy time with Brae but I just can't remember what the 'general rule' for adult dogs is. Soro seems to have had iron bowels since forever and he doesn't even seem like he urgently needs to go, even if he's alone for 12 hours during the day.

For Brae, he is almost 10 months old and holds it for about 5-6 hours during the work day. He's done 7 rarely. Overnight, he can easily hold it for 8-9, and I think he did 10 once without any trouble.

It's easy enough to continue this, as my partner works a staggered schedule from mine. And I am not in any rush for him to be able to hold it for an 8-10 hour work day. But eventually, I think 9 hours is the realistic number I am aiming for. Right now, he isn't asking to be let out (can't remember the last time he 'needed' to go). I think it's because we are keeping it easy for him and letting him out before it's urgent, which is my intention.

I'm just curious what others have experienced in terms of your dog's ability to hold it as it matured.
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My first dog was pretty young when we started leaving him out all day (Less than 6 months) and he never had accidents. My other two were much older. Roo is going on 4 and I've just started leaving him in the house loose this past summer, he probably would've been fine earlier but I was renting and didn't want to risk it. Newest pup is 14 months and she's not ready. She can hold it the full 12 hours in a crate except for when she can't.. over night has been no problem for awhile tho and she is loose now. I think the big difference in my two younger verses my first dog is that my work day is so long now (12 hours) that I never liked leaving them in a crate that long so they had a kennel set up where they could potty so they never had to learn to hold it all day. Even at night the past few years I had a senior dog on meds that made him have to pee often so everyone got potty breaks several times throughout the night.
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