How Long Can You Leave a Dog Alone?

We understand that you enjoy spending time with your furry friend at home, but it's not always possible because of responsibilities like work, school, and errands. Therefore, you may wonder how long your dog can be left alone and what they might do while you're away. Don't worry, our vets from Grenada will give you all the necessary information.

How Long Can You Leave a Dog Home Alone?

How long you can leave your dog home alone depends on their age, breed, and personality. Young puppies under 6 months old should not be left alone for more than 2 or 3 hours because they can't control their bladder well and may suffer from separation anxiety.

When leaving a young puppy alone, it's best to keep them in a crate or puppy-proof room to keep them safe. As your puppy gets older, you can gradually increase the amount of time they can be left alone.

Adult dogs can usually be left alone for 4-6 hours a day, but some dogs can adapt to being alone for 8-9 hours if they have enough space.

What Will My Dog Do While I'm Away?

If your dog is laid-back, they'll probably just take a nap or relax on the sofa while you're gone. But if they're more energetic, they might jump up on the counter or chew on things they're not supposed to. However, if your dog has separation anxiety, they might become destructive and damage your things.

To prevent this, start by leaving your dog alone for short periods of time and gradually increase the time until they can handle being alone for up to 8 hours. Some breeds, like Basset Hounds, French Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, and Pugs, are better at being left alone for long periods. 

What Can I Do With My Dog While I am at Work?

Although some dogs can tolerate being alone for a short period, it doesn't mean they enjoy it. Dogs are social creatures and require their owner's company to feel content and at ease. To assist your dog when you are not around, here are a few measures you can take: 

Get Off To a Good Start

Before leaving the house, always ensure your pup has had plenty of exercises! A tired dog is typically a well-behaved dog. The number of exercise dogs need each day varies widely so be sure to ask your vet or breeder for advice on getting your dog the right amount of exercise to keep them fit, healthy, happy, and out of mischief.

Provide Your Pup With Entertainment

Make sure your furry friend gets enough exercise before you head out. A tired pup is usually better behaved. The amount of exercise a dog needs each day differs, so it's best to seek advice from your vet or breeder on how much exercise your dog requires to stay healthy, happy, and out of trouble.

Communicate With Them Via Tech

Technology now allows you to stay connected with your furry friend, even if you are not at home. With the help of pet cameras, you can speak to your dog and calm them with your voice. You can also monitor their behavior and offer them tasty treats as a reward.

Help Them Feel Safe

Make your dog feel safe and secure by wrapping them in a jacket or providing them with a crate that has enough room to move and play. At first, your dog might not be sure about it, but it can be really helpful in the future.

Doggy Day Care

If your dog gets anxious or lonely when left alone or if you need to be away for more than 8 hours, taking your pup to a doggy daycare center can be a great option. These facilities can offer your furry friend the attention and interaction they need while you're not around. They provide exercise, play, and socializing opportunities with other dogs, so your dog can have a good time and stay happy and healthy.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet to accurately diagnose your pet's condition.

Do you need a safe and cozy place for your dog while you're away? Contact our veterinary team at Grenada today to learn more about our dog boarding program.