(Closed) Dog alone for 9 to 9.5 hours a day

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

My little Toby is alone about that long. 

I take him outside right before I leave for a walk, feed him, put food in his bowl, turn the TV on and he is just fine.  He is litter trained, so he potties in there, and is just fine.  As soon as I get home I take him out again for another walk.

He is a 16 pound silky terrier.  We have had him for 2 years with the same arrangements. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

… this is probably something you should have thought about before you got your dog, honestly. Dogs are social, pack animals and if they’re left alone for too long they get really destructive and messy. Crating them for that long leaves them without food and water. Is there a neighbor you can trade chores with so they can at least come and let it out? Maybe water her flowers in exchange for her taking the dog out?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@KMSull – That was one of our concerns too when we adopted Toby. We talked to our Vet about what breed would be right for us with the schedules that we have, and we were pointed in that direction.  Regarding food and water, Toby has an automatic water dispenser so that isn’t an issue, and his feedings are @ 7:45, 5:45, and 9:45.  The arrangement seems to work for us.

I think a lot of it is what kind of dog you have 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think its pretty dog dependent about if this is okay. My mom has an older pug (like 10ish) who really can’t go more than 6 or 7 hours without going outside. I have a 5 year old corgi and he does just fine. I’ve been gone up to 12 hours and he never seems too concerned about it. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I do, but he is 11, so he is super calm at this point.

Is he not handling the separation well? While pet sitting may be too much, have you considered getting a walker? Someone to come in at lunch to take him for a walk? I bet through CraigsList or just talking to stay at home moms in the area, you could find someone who would happily take him out for around $50 a week, maybe less.

If he does pretty well, though, try leaving on a radio to see if that helps even more. And keep in mind that dogs are amazing at breaking your heart every time you leave. It doesn’t mean you are hurting your dog.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Every dog we ever had growing up (and the dogs my mom currently has) are left alone for this long.  Unfortunately, people work full time and there’s kind of no way around it. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

my dog is alone that long all day because I am in grad school and work 9-10 hour days (well she hangs out with my kitty cat too)!  She’s a 55 lb dog, not crated and allowed to roam my apartment free and is totally potty trained.  We take her on walks in the morning and walks when we get back that night…she’s a very well cared for doggie!  She’s not destructive at all and overall is a very happy dog.  I rescued her from being put in a shelter so I know she has a MUCH better life being in my apartment for 9 hours a day with me loving her with all my heart then being in a shelter! 

I agree that I think it’s almost unavoidable to leave your dog alone for long periods of time…people have to work!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

My dog is alone from 7:30 to 4:30.  I just have to make sure that all bedrooms are closed and there aren’t any shoes lying around.  She’s fine alone that long and hasn’t gone to tearing up any furniture.  As soon as I get home though I take her to a nearby dog park so she can run.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

How old is your dog?  How large?  Are you crating him for the entire time you’re out of the house?  Do you have other pets?  Is he indoors or outdoors while you’re gone?

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

We leave Basil alone from 8:45 to about 5:30 every day. He’s fine with it. I work close to home so when he was a puppy, I used to go home for lunch and spend about an hour with him, but now, I’m busier and he’s fine alone for the whole day.

It really depends on the dog.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We leave our 2 year old Yorkie alone for 12-13 hours a day.  She actually does very well and has never chewed anything or had an accident.  It was a hard decision to get a dog knowing our work schedule, but she has adjusted very well.  I think she likes it better when we are not home anyhow!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Philippe Park

Aww 🙁 Can you come home and let him out on your lunch break? If not, dog walkers are much cheaper than dog sitters. You can hire someone to come and walk/play with him for an hour or so to at least break up the time a little. If that’s not a possibility either, do you have a family member or neighbor that could do it for you?

I, personally, wouldn’t have gotten a dog if I knew I had to leave him/her alone for that long. The longest I’ve left my dogs is maybe 6 hours, and that breaks my heart. I couldn’t imagine leaving them alone for 9- 9.5 hours.

I hope you can figure out a solution that works for you and you dog.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My Fiance and I work the same hours but he is off Tuesday and Sunday and I’m off Saturday and Sunday. When we first got our pup we left him at home on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. He was alone abuot 9 hours these days. As he got older I just started feeling worst and worse about leaving him for that long so since he was about six months old we’ve taken him to doggy daycare two days a week and have a dog walker the other two days. It’s really helped! He’s way more happy and mellow and just loves going out and getting excersize and playtime while we’re working. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We have 3 small dogs who are alone at least this amount of time each day.  We work full time and that is the nature of the beast.  We let our dogs out in the morning and as soon as we get home.  My Fiance now works from home some days and they’re not alone at all.  On a normal day though we crate one of our dogs and the other 2 roam free and if they can’t make it they use the bathroom in the house and they don’t get in trouble for it they’re little dogs.  It would be impossible for us to be home everyday in less hours I commute 50 mins each way and my Fiance works out of town 2-3 days a week.

@teaandtoast, & @KMSull How do you handle the situation with your pets?

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