(Closed) How long are your pets home alone during a work week day?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I usedto leave my dog at home for 10.5 hrs a day. Living with my Fiance now, our dogs are alone for 8.5hrs. I would say 9 hrs isn’t bad at all. Most people work 8hr work daysand have commuting time az well.

Post # 4
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

My kitty is alone about 10 hours including the commute time. Cats are so self sufficient though, and he mostly just sleeps all day even if I’m home.


Post # 5
1098 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I have 2 cats and they are home alone usually for 4 hours between when I leave for work and when Fiance comes home from work. 

Post # 6
494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have a corgi/terrier mix and he is home alone for 8 hours a day while I am at work.  I live in a city that doesn’t have a traffic problem and work just a few miles from home so I go home every day to take him potty at lunch and maybe throw a toy around for him.  I feel so guilty about it, and I’m going to feel worse because we are moving soon and I might not be able to walk him at lunch anymore.  I think it’s important to take him on a long walk in the morning so he is well-exercised before I leave.  And if i can’t do it, we go right when I get home.  I also take him to doggie daycare on occasion but he is so lazy that he just sits on the slide all day and barely plays.

If your neighbor can let him out then definitely go for it!  If not maybe get him one of those turf pad thingies so if he REALLY has to go, he can use it.  That’s what I’m going to do when I move.  

Post # 7
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My dog is growing out of the puppy stage, so I may be able to lay off this a little. I only have a 15 min commute to work, so it’s really easy for me. 


Out at 7:00, back in crate by 7:40 so I can get to work.

Out at 12:15 for 30 mins during my lunch hour

Out at 5:25 when I get home from work or ewrlier if Fiance gets home first.

(averages to 4.5 hrs most of the time.)

I’ll let him go up to 6 hours on weekends if we’re out. 6 hours is my max for anything, and he seems like he pees forever (and twice) at that. 

Post # 8
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would suggest asking the neighbor to stop by halfway through your day. It does seem like a long time. But I may be a helicopter furmommy.

Post # 9
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I have a lab/collie mix. He is home by himself for 8 hours a day, and has been since he was about 5 months old. As long as he had something to do (a busy bone, toys) and was crated he was fine. Now that he’s older, he just sleeps lol  

Post # 10
5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our three dogs are home alone for 6-8 hours at a time.  Since your dog is so small, could you use pee pads do he can at least relieve himself?  We just make sure we spend a lot of quality time with our dogs when we are home, and they do have each other so it isn’t like they’re totally alone.  One of our danes has separation anxiety, so we do limit her alone time to the best of our ability!

Post # 12
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We bring our pup to a babysitter (family friend) that we pay $12 a day for. Otherwise she would be alone between 10-12 hours a day.

If we didnt have her we would bring her to doggie day care or have a dog walker. Having a dog hold their blatter a full work day on a regular basis isnt good for them, just like humans. it can cause infections etc.   Not to mention they get bored and rambunctious!

When we do leave her home we leave her gated in the kitchen so she has room to stretch. Its like a big kennel to her now. She has her bed in the corner that I dont think she ever leaves when we are gone though. Her toys never move.

Post # 13
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My pups are normally alone for 6hrs with full access to the living room only (at 5, their small bladders sometimes can’t hold it).  Before fi moved in it was more like 9.  One of the main reasons I turned down a job offer last summer was because my “kids” would be alone for too long.

Post # 14
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Either Darling Husband or I come home and let them out over lunch on most days. We have an older pup that needs the potty break! Occasionally we’ll leave them for a full 8hrs. You could check into a doggy day care or with your neighbors 🙂

Post # 15
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I try to make about 4 hours the longest she’s in her cage by herself. Usually that’s the amount of time between when I leave for work and when Fiance comes home. But if he’s working a later shift, I will come home during my dinner break to let her out (I live 5-15 minutes away from work). She could stay in her cage longer, but she has had problems with bladder stones before and I don’t want to exacerbate that in any way.

Post # 16
112 posts
Blushing bee

Our lab mix is alone for about 8-9 hours when we’re both at work, however she has full run of the house.

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