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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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Sprocket is about 13 months old now and he's been holding it most days all day so about 9 hrs a day since about 7 months he has a pee pad in his play pen but he doesn't like to use it unless he has to
If I come home and take 20 min to let him out he will use the pee pad I'm sure he's bursting by the time I get home so once he realizes I'm not getting him right away he will go and sometimes if he had a lot of water in the morning he will use the pee pad but in a month he prob uses his pee pads twice while I'm at work
He's a havanese so pretty small so I'm surprised he wants to hold it all day I assumed he'd use the pee pads every day when I got him
I had a bully breed mix that couldn't hold it for more than 6 hrs so really think it depends on the individual dog

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