Our setup was always to have Carmen's crate in the living room where it's going to live permanently. (It's in an unobtrusive spot.) It is within reach of our fold-out sofa, so I've been sleeping there this week. I've been putting her to "real bed" around 11 or 12, after a pee, then she wakes up at 3 or so, and we go out, then I put her back in the crate. Then she sleeps until 6 or 6:30, and we go out again, only this time, I don't put her back in the crate. She just curls up under the sofa bed and doesn't wander. (As long as all the lights are out. And yeah, I realize this is probably honeymoon pup behaviour.)
Carmen grumbles a little when she first goes in the crate (not really whining, and not barking or crying, just grumbling), but I dangle my hand through the grate, and she licks it and goes to sleep. We have been crate training in the daytime (with no crying, only treating) and she can stay in without complaint for an hour or two now. We do that once or twice a day.
So last night, Dad took over the night shift so I could get some connected hours. As was the case with our human babies, Dad always seems to push the envelope a little, and here's what happened. He put her to bed at 11 as usual after going out, dangled his hand and she settled as usual, only he misunderstood me (or "misunderstood" me) about the 3am part, and instead of taking her out again, he dangled his hand. So she just grumbled/mewed a little, then went right back to sleep....
Then slept until 6. So that means she didn't pee for seven hours. Is this going to hurt her if I try this and she does it again? She didn't cry when he did it, she just mewed a little and went right back to sleep. The crate was dry in the morning.
I thought their bladders weren't developed enough for this? Wouldn't she cry if it really bothered her, though? I don't know what to think. It seems a little mean to me to not take her right out, but if she's ready, maybe she's ready? Insights? Experiences? I just need to know if I should try it again. Of course if she cried or didn't settle right away, I would take her out. But I don't want to give her a bladder infection or something. Physics are physics, after all.
PS--Carmen is just over 9 weeks. Also, she is totally capable of crying loudly. She can make a big fuss when I have to go upstairs for something and she sees me go, and she did it when we first started using the x-pen (we pretty much solved it that day with treating/training), and when we first tried the crate when she didn't go in by herself. So she knows how to howl it up when she wants to; we just try to avoid situations where she would.