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Is it okay to have a dog hold for 10 hours?

Discussion in 'Dogs - small breeds (toy) specific' started by DogLover, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. DogLover

    DogLover New Member

    Hi all,
    I am going to start a new job and will have to be away from home during the day from 8am to 6pm. I take my babies out every morning to do their business and when I get home from work. Since I'll be gone for 10 hours during the day, is it okay to let them hold?

    Of course, I have seen other dog owners who let their dogs hold for extended period of time, but I am paranoid and concerned that they'll develop bladder problem down the road. Is this something I should worried about?

    Thanks for any input.

    -Chobby's and Bella's Mom
  2. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    Personally i wouldn't even think about it.
    If i am going to be away from home for longer than 4-6 hours i will either ask a family member or a neighbour f they can come in and let my dogs out.

    I would not take the risk of them getting bladder infections yes i know they are easily sorted but sometimes alot of damage can be done.

    So in my opinion i would say no don't do it.

  3. DogLover

    DogLover New Member

    Thanks for your advice.

    I don't really feel comfortable letting them hold that long either. We used to haave a home with a yard, but we are now on the second floor with a balcony. My dogs insist to go potty outside. A couple days ago, I created a small potty area for them by using a big tray with grass, but they still would not "go" on it. I even collected their urine when we were out walking, and slightly touched up the potty tray. They still would not go. I guess I'll just have to keep training them to go potty on the tray.

    Any suggestion?

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