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Old 09-23-2007, 07:17 AM
Location: Branson, Missouri
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My dog is a female lab mix, about 3 years old if that makes a difference.
She was an outside dog and now she is mostly an inside dog. She is inside most of the day. I feed her in the evening and she drinks water all day. Goes in the crate at night and sleeps. She still doesn't get too excited about going outside in the morning after sleeping. When I do let her out, she goes and sits by the gate.
How long can she hold herself? Most dogs I have had in the past can hardly wait to get out and do there business.
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Old 09-23-2007, 07:22 AM
Location: Florida
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my dog is the same way. We let him out around 10pm(half the time he doesn't go) and sometimes when I let hm out in the morning he lays in the grass and sleeps.
he's just got priorities. =)

Once we had a car problem and didn't get hom for 10 hours and Cody was still fine. I felt so bad.
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Old 09-23-2007, 07:45 AM
Location: St. Augustine, Florida
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Well, every dog is different, but most dogs can hold it for a while. Puppies are a different story, but dogs can normally wait a while. Our 1 year 5 month old male APBT, Brooklyn, could hold it all day if he had to (of course we don't make him wait that long), but our 10 month old female APBT and our 8 month female APBT can't wait quite as long yet. Our dogs sleep in their crates at night and we normally wake up between 6:30am and 7:30am, depending on what day it is. We always take them straight outside to go potty. We feed them in the morning and they have water all day, and we normally take them for their morning walk 30-45 minutes after they eat. We let them out one more time during the day before they eat in the afternoon and then just like in the morning, we take them for a walk about 30-45 minutes after they eat. Each walk is normally between 45-60 minutes. Then we let them out one more time right before bed and they are fine until we wake up. So, besides at night, they never have to wait more than a few hours to go out, but they could and have waited longer. Most dogs can probably hold it for 8-10 hours I would think.
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:04 AM
Location: Branson, Missouri
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Thanks for your responses.
I was worried that she isn't going very often.
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:56 PM
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My last dog, a spayed Lab, had days where she would be too lazy to go out...sometimes till 3:00 in the afternoon, despite not having gone since 11:00 or so the night before.

My new pup (we think he's about 10 wks old) can hold it in his crate while I'm at work (the longest has been 7.5 hrs - didn't plan for him to be alone so long), but when he's free he seems to whizz every 15 minutes or so.

Hopefully he'll be less of a whizzer once he's neutered!
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Old 09-24-2007, 07:46 PM
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My dogs can hold it from 7am until 6pm. They can even go longer if necessary. They don't mind. If you keep a dog on a schedule, they'll adjust accordingly. Someone is always home these days so they go out multipe times throughout the day. But when we are gone for an extended period of time, they still can hold it without a hassle. They're not freaking out to relieve themselves when we get home. They're more excited to see us than doing their business.
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Old 09-24-2007, 10:45 PM
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow!
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10 to 12 hours for our Maltese...she is one to laze out on the porch in the sun in the mornings after we let her out of her Casita.....she wanders out to the yard after she wakes up enough!!

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Old 09-25-2007, 04:21 PM
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
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Our dog holds it about 8-10 hours a day because of our work schedules....but the very longest he made it was 12 hours and that's because it took us 3 hours to get home frok work in an ice storm! It was AWFUL and I was so amazed that he did hold it. I would not have been mad if he did make a mess....
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:56 AM
Location: Marion, IN
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Shadow once held it for 3 solid days. We took her out of town with us, and apparently there were no good potty spots on the way up, while there, or on the way back. She exploded out of the car when we got home & pee'd forever. I felt bad for her, but it wasn't like she did not get the opportunity to go. As she has become more well traveled she has learned to go in other places, but still will not go until we have stopped for the night & unloaded stuff into a hotel.
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:22 AM
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I learned the hard way not to feed my dog beef during the week when we are not home for 8 to 10 hours a day. Normally both my dogs can hold it for 10 hours plus while they are home alone.
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