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

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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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The first time Quill had to hold it for eight hours was probably about 9 months. Until then, I could come home on breaks and let him out, but then I was working in the field during the summer and he had to hold it for 8 hours because there was no way to get home. He never had an issue. I still try to come home after about 6 hours when my work schedule allows me because I don't see a reason to make him hold it if he doesn't have to, but he's also gone 10 hours once or twice because things came up and I couldn't get home before then.

But yeah, 9 months was the first time he did 8 hour days.
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