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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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Wow! It seems like I am being over the top then.

I mean, I have no reason to test it and we are happy to give the dogs a break after 6 hours or so just because. But I am so worried on the days when I have him push 7 and maybe I don't need to be...
Are you saying your <6 mo fosters could hold it for 8-9 hours???
Yeah, blizzards... Soro's longest was 24 hours when my dog sitter couldn't get to him due to a blizzard over the holidays. I almost wish he had just gone inside, but nope!

Had a funeral on Friday and he was crated 12 hours without incident, which surprised me. And I'm sure he could go longer, but not really a thing I care about since I don't need to.
Was that 12 hours daytime?!
So do you expect them to be able to hold it at that age or do you just not mind crate accidents? Potty pad in part of the crate? And why this setup versus crate plus pen with pads?
Well that is insane that such young puppies could hold it that long!
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