Posted : 10/27/2011 12:05:14 AM
David and I have no choice at all -- I can *not* leave the dogs outside (I'm 2 blocks from city hall and we have a seriously strict no barking ordinance) and both of us have long commutes. So it's typically almost a 10 hour day as speedy as I can be. It's simply not possible for me to come home at lunch, and someone coming in just has not been a good solution for me. (They tend to get more agitated in the afternoons than they were being left for the day.)
However, we stagger our leaving times so altho they are fed at 6 a.m., they are pottied MULTIPLE times before I leave at 8:30. It really seems to be no hardship -- and if I see an increase in drinking or anyone having problems holding it, it's typically more the potential for a UTI than a problem waiting.
It's simply life in a large urban area. 9 hours is absolutely the best I can do. 10 hours sometimes happens -- beyond that I leave an escape hatch of some kind. Like giving the dog access to a place where they can safely elminate if need be.