According to Kristin Wuellner, DVM, a registered veterinarian with Hill's Pet Nutrition, there are no set guidelines about how long dogs can "hold it," and house-training male and female puppies is similar.
Dog age doesn't matter as much as you believe. (Learning how to stop grown dogs from peeing in the house is the same as curbing indoor urination in young dogs.) Size usually matters.
"Due to a larger bladder size, most larger breeds have a greater capacity to wait than smaller breeds," adds.
Pupford-certified dog trainer Traci Madson agrees. "Generally, smaller dogs will need to go more frequently than larger dogs, and puppies should be taken out for pee breaks more than adult dogs," she says.
New puppies need to go outside to potty every 45 to 90 minutes, then 1.5 to 3 hours as they grow.
"Dogs generally gain a mature bladder by about 5 to 6 months old, and a good indicator of being fully potty-trained is if your pup hasn't had an accident inside for a full month straight."
Cruise buffets are germy enough without you eating from the tongs-spilled bin. Imagine how many hands touched those tongs today and how much went into the food when the handle fell in.