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Hi Toby is now 1.5 yrs old....till now we had the luxury to let him out to do his POOP once in the afternoon. Now we have a situation where no one will be home for about 8 hours on couple of days a week...can he hold his business till then? Any advise on how we can handle this situation? Help!!

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Hi Toby is now 1.5 yrs old....till now we had the luxury to let him out to do his POOP once in the afternoon. Now we have a situation where no one will be home for about 8 hours on couple of days a week...can he hold his business till then? Any advise on how we can handle this situation? Help!!
Eight hours is really too long to leave a dog alone on a regular basis... even if it is only a couple of days a week. And ESPECIALLY if the dog isn't trained to use an indoor poppy option. You should really look into having someone come in to walk him in the middle of the day, or look into a small dog-safe, well-run day care facility for those days.


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I agree with Karen. You have to find someone (a college student, a retired neighbor, a stay-at-home parent with only one child, etc.) to let Toby out on those long days. Or you have to provide him with an indoor potty option.

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While I understand where Karen is coming from, I also know that Perry holds it very easily over night (more than 8 hours) and has had no trouble on the rare occasion he's home alone all day, and Perry is currently almost 17 months old (he's been like that since we got him at 9 months). However, if you can set up an expen with an indoor potty option or get someone to come let him out, that would be even better.
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Holding it overnight is different from holding it in the daytime . . .
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Holding it overnight is different from holding it in the daytime . . .
True, but he's also had no trouble holding it during the day...
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True, but he's also had no trouble holding it during the day...
He may HOLD it, but you really have no idea whether it is "no trouble" or whether he is just being a "good dog". Once in a great while, in an emergency situation is one thing. We all have to "hold it" longer than is comfortable from time to time. IMO, it should NOT be something we regularly plan on imposing on an animal. It isn't healthy or comfortable.


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There have been two occasions where we were gone for 8-9 hours. Cubby is an outside potty dog (most of the time) I had him gated in the kitchen but left a pee pad (which he never knew about) in the corner. When we got home, he had not gone potty but had shredded the whole pee pad. I think he would be fine, would certainly adjust feeding and walking to support this. Cubby is 1 year 3 months old.
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I highly recommend a reputable Doggie Day Care when absent for 8 hours straight. Pick one that has live video so that you can tune in whenever you want to see how your dog is doing.

Ricky poops infrequently twice a day but more usually three to four times a day. Making him wait for 8 hours (potty or poop) is NOT recommended by his Vet. The Vet says this is a recipe for serious health issues. We let Ricky potty and poop when it is convenient for him, not when it is convenient for us. We check in with him when at home every two or three hours to see if he wants to visit the loo. Sometimes he says yes, sometimes he says no. Sometimes he just comes to us, gives us his signals that he needs to use the loo, NOW!

Two or three times a year we need to leave Ricky at daycare when it would not be appropriate to take him with us. He is happy to go so he can play with the other doggies and he is exhausted but happy to see us when we pick him up. We take him home, feed him his supper and then he crashes for the night on those days.

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