How Long Is Too Long to Leave Your Dog Alone?

● Dogs can only be relied on to hold their urine or feces one hour for every month old they are, until 8 hours at 8 months old. Never expect a dog to hold it longer than 8 hours, and remember that sick or older dogs won’t be able to hold it as long as healthy young adult dogs.
● A 3-month-old puppy can generally be left for a maximum of 4 hours.
● Two months old puppy can hold his bladder for up to 3 hours. Time increases an hour per month of age. 6 months of age he will be able to hold his bladder for 7-8 hours (a work day). No dog of any age should be made to wait longer than 8 hours!
● Different breeds have different social needs: hounds extremely social, but some “working” breeds and guard dogs are fine for 10-12 hours

Normal Urination: 
● Dogs can go for 8 to 10 hours without urinating. However, all dogs need to be taken out after a meal or a drink, upon waking up and after a period of play. Generally, a dog passes 20 ml of urine for every pound of its weight.

Health: 
● A healthy adult dog of moderate size and age needs to urinate every 8 to 10 hours.
● Urinary frequency in dogs will vary due to factors such as age, sex, body size and overall health. 
● Typically, smaller breeds and younger dogs will need to urinate more frequently than larger breeds and older dog. 
● The average healthy dog will produce approximately 10 to 20 ml of urine for each pound of bodyweight per day. 
● Ideally adult dogs should be allowed outside to relieve themselves at least 3-5 times a day. 

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