Can I leave my dog home alone?

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From long working hours to even longer commutes, we often leave our pets alone more than we'd like to.

Ideally, adult dogs shouldn't be left alone for more than 4 hours.

However, even if their basic needs are met, you shouldn't leave your pet alone and unsupervised for more than 8 hours a day.


The Havanese doesn't like to be alone, and would not be a good choice if you're going to be away often.

He will likely suffer some amount of separation anxiety.

That's not to say that you should never leave him alone.

It would be good for him to adjust to a little alone time early, so that he can tolerate it later.


Home alone Westies.

In today's society, our dogs can be like many of our children, creatures whose adults are away all day.

Unlike children, they are not given keys to get back in the door - we leave them indoors all day.

The dogs left in the yards often learn to bark incessantly.


It's even more important to not leave puppies home alone all day.

Puppies younger than 14 weeks of age are in a sensitive socialization period and benefit from lots of social interaction.

They should be in the company of their family for significantly more time than an adult dog.


Dog breeds that can be left alone for long periods include Labrador and Golden Retriever, Beagle, Peekapoo, or Shiba Inu.

Naturally, by long-term periods, it's implied that the period is up to 8 hours a day and not more.


In regard to safety factors, as long as the environment is warm and safe and enough food and water is supplied, a healthy Chihuahua can be okay alone for up to 9 or 10 hours.


Home Alone! Siberian Huskies are a very social, pack-oriented breed.

This is a breed that always does well when there is another dog, or a regular human presence, in the house for company.

Left to their own devices alone in a backyard, Huskies can become very destructive.


Generally, puppies can hold it for one hour per every month of age (so a three-month-old puppy can wait three hours to pee).

Here are common time limits for puppies of different ages: You might start crate training at this age, but you can't leave a young puppy in a crate for long periods; he'll wet his bed (a lot!)

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