I have a 2-3 year old beagle i just recently adopted. I leave for work at 5:30 and come home shortly after 3 so theres a good 9 hours or so that hes in the house (i live in a condo as well). I take him out for a 20 min walk in the morning before i leave so he can stretch and go potty. I have a gate to close off the kitchen (dont want him with the food). But he has free rain of the house while im gone. As soon as i get home i imediatly take him out to go potty and then spend the rest of the after noon with him either at the park base ball practice or just walking around outside. He does very well. No accident in the house.