How long can I leave my dog alone?

asked 2017-01-03 19:46:43 -0500

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Since dogs are pack animals, they do best when they have company. A dog stranded from its pack does not have a high survival rate, there fore the more time alone the more anixious the dog could become. Ideally, no more than eight hours for a fully grown dogs and no more than 2 for a pup under 1 year

Rose B.'s profile image Rose B.  ( 2017-02-23 13:30:05 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2017-01-29 13:06:39 -0500

The answer to this question is very dependent on the dog. If they are a healthy puppy the safest rule to follow is they can be alone for as many hours as they are old. Meaning if they are 2 months old, do not leave them alone for more than 2 hours. I would also say they shouldn't be alone at any age more than 8 hours. When alone they should always be in a contained area where there is nothing they can chew or swallow. If the dog is older and/or has health issues then the amount of time they can be alone will depend on their specific needs.

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answered 2017-02-23 16:30:16 -0500

Ideally no more than 4-6hrs. That allows for proper elimination and feeding/watering schedules. If it's to be longer than that often, well then it's time for you to call a Rover sitter!!!

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answered 2017-02-23 16:18:07 -0500

I would try to leave my dog home alone as little as possible. Dogs are very dependent. They are not like cats who are more independent.

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answered 2017-02-23 16:03:53 -0500

How long can I leave my dog alone? It depends on the dog and any health issues. Typically, I walk my dog every 6 hours. I live in an apartment so I don't have a back yard. It is not fair to the dog to make it hold it's bladder for longer than that. As the bladder fills up, it becomes painful and harder to hold it. Don't make your pet suffer....take it out at least every 4-6 hours. If you can't be there, hire a Rover pet sitter.

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answered 2017-02-24 17:40:33 -0500

Similar to other answers, it depends entirely on your dog's age, energy level, and breed. For example, many rescue pups (including mine) are prone to separation anxiety. Meanwhile, an older pug I sit is completely fine being left alone for hours. In either case, it's best to build up the time you leave your dog alone (ex: try 15 minutes to get the mail, 30 minutes, 1 hour, a few hours, etc) and always give them a nice long walk or game of fetch before you leave the house. A tired dog is a happy and well-behaved dog :)

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