I have the pleasure (and curse - when you work from home, you're always at work!) of working from home, so taking Kitsune out regularly has never really been an issue for us. When he was a puppy, Kitsune was a huge pain to potty train. But now that he's older, I don't even remember the last time he's had an accident in the house. He rarely asks to go outside, unless it's really an emergency, and normally just waits until I take him out to use the bathroom. How often do you take your dog out for bathroom breaks?
I take Kit out, on average, once every 5 hours during the day. He goes a bit longer overnights. I don't like making him wait too long between trips outside. Holding pee too long can lead to heath issues such as urinary tract infections, bladder, and kidney problems. Holding poo for extended periods of time can cause constipation, which isn't fun for anyone!
How often do dogs need bathroom breaks? The answer can depend on a lot of factors, including (but not limited too) your individual dog, his/her age, diet, activity level, and general health. A general rule for puppies is that you can take their age, in months, and add 1. That's how many hours they can be expected to be able to hold their bladders for. So an 8 week (2 month) old puppy can generally go around 3 hours between bathroom breaks.
A general time frame I've seen for adult dogs is anywhere between 4 - 10 hours between bathroom breaks. I do wonder, though, if the higher estimate is based more on people's work schedules than it is on maintaining pet's comfort. I'll admit that Kit did go a bit over 10 hours without a bathroom break before, but it was under extenuating circumstances and is not, by any means, a regular occurrence for him.
I understand that not everyone has the luxury of being able to work from home. People who work long hours can, and do, make awesome dog owners too. Usually this entails enlisting the help of a dog walker, doggy daycare, family members, neighbors, etc, to ensure their dogs get not only regular bathroom breaks, but attention during the day.
Comment below! If you have a dog, how often to you take him/her out to use the bathroom? What do you feel is an acceptable amount of time between bathroom breaks for an adult dog?