How Long Can Puppies "Hold It"?

This section discusses what most puppies are able to do with regard to “holding it” at various ages.  Some can go longer while others need more time to develop bladder control. The times in this article are average times and can vary depending on the breed as well as on the invididual dog.

In the daytime, an 8 week old puppy can only be trusted not to pee for about 20-30 minutes after peeing but they can be pushed with the use of a crate to hold it for 1½ - 2 hours.  A 3 month old puppy who’s been raised with our methods of crate and house training can be trusted for 1 - 2 hours and encouraged to hold it for up to 2 - 3 hours.  A 4 month old can be trusted for about 2 - 3 hours and encouraged to hold it for up to 3 - 4 hours.  In general, puppies can hold it for the same number of hours as their age in months.  However, just because they are able to hold it for this amount of time doesn’t mean that they can be trusted to actually do it.  Puppies that have been raised in kennel settings will have developed habits of peeing and pooping much more frequently.  These kennel raised puppies will need more time to develop better bladder control.  However, those puppies raised with our methods can generally be trusted for the number of hours that equals their age in months minus 1 1/2 hours.  They can then be encouraged to hold it for longer through the use of a crate or exercise pen.