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Old 03-10-2009, 08:46 AM   #1
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Default How old before they can hold it all night?

How old are puppies usually when they can hold themselves all day/night? My puppy is nearly 6 months old and he is semi-housetrained. If we are in the house he will "ask" to go outside to go to the toilet by running to the back door then back to me until I let him out.
He is kept in a small hallway at the back of the house when we are out and at night. He doesn't seem to be able to hold it all day yet, but he is getting a lot cleaner. He used to pee and poo on/next to his bed and then smush it into the floor, which was hard to clean up. He also used to pee as soon as you shut him in there.
I left him for about 2 hours on Saturday and his "bedroom" was clean! I'm hoping as he gets older he may be able to eventually wait all day.

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All day is too long for any dog. Dogs should be let out five times a day. While a dog can hold it for several hours, asking it to hold it for an eight hour or longer work day is unfair. Can you hold your pee that long?

Get someone to let your dog out at lunch time if you cannot make it home to do so. An elderly neighbor might be willing to do this for a small fee. Or, hire a dog walker.
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:38 PM   #3
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Yes, I agree with Agility, a full eight or nine hour working day is far too long to expect a dog to hold on five days a week. Most adult dogs are physically capable of holding on for this length of time if they really have to, but very few would choose to. Imagine if your boss suddenly sent round a memo advising that the toilets at work would be locked from now on, I doubt you would be happy about it even though you are probably capable of holding on for that length of time in an emergency.

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yes,i am agree too ,my dog is only months old and we are working too ,we have to come home every 3 ours to chaking on her and still find pi or poo.now she is ok.but oll day long is too much.Be patient ,and gentle.Try to find a way if you can.

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Oh My Dear you must take a dog out during the day a few times, depending on how much it drinks and it should have access to water till evening. I lift mine at six for youngsters I am working with. I do not expect my trained dogs to hold a day worth all day long, I do make arrangements to have them left out if I am going to the airport or whatever for most of a day.

It will do much better as it matures, but it should be eating twice a day and go outside quite a bit yet to at least a year or more till it eats once a day. Be patient he will learn, he sounds like he is trying hard, but do not get upset he is a puppy yet.
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I totally agree with what everyone is saying here. I would not expect my dog to hold it all day and again all night. If you work try and go home during your lunch hour or like other people have said, ask someone to let it out for you.

As my pup sleeps on my bed with me i used to get up 2-3 times a night to let her out just incase she had an accident. But now ive gradually made the time longer and longer and now her last wee is at 10pm and i ge tup at 6am - 6.30am to let her out again. Its great to now sleep all the way through the night lol.

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