How Long Can Dogs Hold Their Pee? (Solved & Explained!)

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to taking care of a pet. At the top of that list is your dog’s bathroom habits. Knowing how long your dog is able to hold in its pee will help you plan out your day, train your dog better, and keep your dog on a more consistent bathroom schedule. 

So, how long can a dog hold its pee? Well, obviously it varies from dog to dog. However, the main factor is age. Adult dogs can hold their pee between 10-12 hours, but this is not healthy. Adults should pee every 6-8 hours.

Puppies under 6 months should pee once every 1-3 hours. Puppies over 6 months should pee once every 2-6 hours. Senior dogs should pee once every 4-6 hours. Senior dogs over age 12 should pee once every 2-4 hours. 

There are a ton of questions that come up within this subject, though. Does this vary from dog breed or size? How long are you able to leave the house with different kinds of dogs? Is it possible to regulate or control how often your dog pees? Learn the answers to these and more questions by reading on! 

Is it unhealthy for dogs to hold their pee?

Although the average adult dog can hold its pee for quite a long time (around 10-12 hours), this doesn’t mean that you should make them go this long without relieving themselves. There are a number of reasons that it is bad to make a habit out of your dog holding its pee too long. 

Firstly, it is very uncomfortable for your dog to have to pee for this long. Constantly prolonging your dog’s relief can end up being quite cruel.

Secondly, holding in for too long too often can weaken the bladder muscle and cause a backup of toxins that were supposed to be expelled in the urine. Not only is your dog suffering, but it is also a health risk. Let your dog pee!

Is there any way to potty train dogs?

It might seem like an attractive option to just train your dog to be able to relieve itself when it has to go to the bathroom. After all, if cats can do this with litter boxes, can dogs not figure it out as well? 

The main way this is done is by simply training the dog into peeing outside. If you have a doggie door and a fence or other reliable means of keeping your dog on your property, this can be a really easy way to allow your dog to be alone for longer periods of time, or simply excuse you from the responsibility of walking your dog for the purpose of peeing. 

Can a dog be trained into a routine for using the bathroom?

Dogs, like humans, will never be on that consistent of a training schedule. However, taking them out regularly does a few things. Firstly, it makes them less likely to urinate in the house because they are more likely to be outside when they have to go.

Secondly, once they know that peeing indoors is not allowed, they will be less likely to do it if they know that they will be taken outside by you sometime in the near future. 

How many times a day should dogs pee?

A good rule of thumb is that your dog should be peeing 3-5 times a day. Some dogs will have to pee more often than this, especially when other factors like age, diet, and health come into play. Likewise, some dogs will not have to pee this often. As you get to know your dog, make sure you are taking it out for the proper number of walks each day. 

Do smaller or bigger dogs pee more?

Smaller dogs tend to pee more than larger dogs due to the smaller sizes of their bladders. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should allow your bigger dogs to go longer without peeing, but it is important to keep in mind when potty training and house training your pet. 

Do peeing habits vary by breed?

Your dog’s breed will only affect its urinating habits because breeds affect the size of the animal. Again, bigger dogs don’t normally have to pee as often due to their larger bladders. 

Another factor influenced by breed is the health of your dog. Some breeds get sick or old more quickly, and sick and old dogs tend to be worse at holding in their pee. 

Is something wrong if your dog is peeing too often?

It depends on how often your dog is peeing compared to how often it normally pees. You might just have a dog that pees a lot. However, if you see a noted increase in the frequency of urination, or a lack of control over urination, your dog could have a number of health problems. 

Your dog could be suffering from urinary tract issues, kidney problems, weight problems, or even diabetes. These issues are a bit beyond the scope of home care, so you should bring your dog to the veterinarian if it’s urinating too often. 

How long can you leave your dog alone for?

You should only ever really leave your dog alone for a maximum of 10-12 hours, as this is the maximum length of time it can reasonably hold its pee in for. However, this varies for puppies, sick dogs, older dogs, etc. Not to mention, dogs are social creatures who get lonely very quickly and might pee if that loneliness makes them nervous. 

Don’t make a habit of leaving them alone this long, however. If you need to leave the house for this long every day, your dog will simply start peeing inside because it knows you won’t be home soon to take it out. 

Can a dog’s diet influence how often it pees?

A dog’s diet can indeed influence how often it pees. Moisture-rich diets will make your dog have to pee more often, but they are also more healthy, as they will help flush out toxins and keep your dog hydrated. 

Can a dog be left alone overnight?

Dogs will sleep through the night, but remember that they are social creatures. Leaving your dog alone for too long can cause unnecessary stress. Although it should be fine for one night once in a blue moon, do not make a habit of leaving your dog alone for too long, as it’s not healthy for its physical and mental health.