(Closed) How long is your dog left alone during the workday?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 47
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think you’re completely fine. CKCs are a little needier than other dogs (and I love my parent’s CKC and my Cavalier/Poodle mix for having this trait), but they really do just sleep all day. As long as you give your pup love and attention when you are around, I think you are good. Most people can’t get home mid-day to let a dog out nor can they afford doggie daycare/a walker. If it was a puppy or you were crating the dog, that would be a different story.

Post # 48
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@hislittlepenguin:  My dog is alone from 8:10am when I leave for work until 5:10pm – 6:00pm depending on what I have to do after work, so that’s 9-10 hours.  Sure, he would love it if I were home with him all day, but he doesn’t seem traumatized by us being gone.  He doesn’t do anything destructive while we’re gone.  He also has full run of the house during the time we are gone and he mostly sleeps on our bed or couch because he spends his nights looking out the windows and patrolling the neighborhood!

This might be sad, but my friend once said that her dog’s life was better than it would be at a shelter, which is totally true!

Don’t rehome your dog!

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Our pup has free reign in the house and is never destructive when we are gone, but she is rarely alone for more than four hours because DH comes home for an hour lunch every day.  There are some days where we have to spend an entire day in Anchorage and she does just fine for 8-10 hours.  

Post # 50
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree with others, it depends on the dog, but mine is regularly home for 9-10 hours and if I get home early she is always sleeping.  She has the run of the house and always has water.  She is a big dog and has never had problems holding her bladder (if the weather is bad she will hold it for much longer if I am home and can wait for her to ask to go out-I think over 18 hours is her record until I made her go outside!).  She can also stay alone for a longer time, up to 14 hours, if there is an emergency-line a snowstorm making a 45-minute drive into a 3-hour drive-but on those few occasions we have made sure to give her extra attention and exercise the following day.  

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I think you are fine. My dog can stay at home alone for 9 hours no problem. I’ve been working from home lately so it’s extra nice to be home with him, but he still just sleeps all day. lol

 

 

Post # 52
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Wannabee

What I do is most of the time when I am travelling or meeting friends or family I keep him in my car trunk or backseats, but during work hours I have a pet care center that is on my way to the office so I drop my dog there with lesser worries as I know that he is at a safer place and everything would be taken care of .

Post # 54
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our dog is alone from 7am to 3:30, he gets let out, DH then goes to the gym and comes back at 5, sometimes he is alone longer than that. He manages, we’d never rehome him over that if he was doing fine and not showing any signs of having severe anxiety, or issues with being alone so much.

Post # 55
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

When I had my dog she would be alone for 9 hours a day during the week. I lived alone too, so I was her sole source of entertainment. I think a lot of people do this and feel as though it’s totally fine, but I ended up giving her to my parents. I don’t think she ever really adapted to being alone so long (even though everyone told me it would be fine) and it was also really stressful on me to have to use all of my free time to excersize, train and entertain her. There were days when I was very sick, but had to go outside to walk her and forget going straight out for drinks after work which is a big part of my job. Definitely something I didn’t realize before I adopted her but I’m glad it worked out for the best.

Post # 56
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

Dogs sleep 20 hours per day if given the chance so you don’t need to feel guilty.  Your dog probably naps nearly the entire time you’re gone.

I have a challanging, unpredictable schedule and can work anywhere from 9-14 hour days.  My Fiance is generally more predictable but he has rough days too.  Our rule of thumb is that we try not to leave them for more than 12 hours.  And, they are kenneled that entire time.  They love their kennels and don’t need to be exploring the house or sleeping on the bed; it’s for their own safety and security.

Also, FWIW, our vet approves of all of this.

Post # 57
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@claudialrodas:  In the trunk???! I hope that’s a joke

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

She is left alone from 8:15am to 12pm then again from 1pm – 3 or 4:30pm.

Post # 59
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Busy bee

@hislittlepenguin:  I don’t think you should rehome him. He seems quite happy, he’s only a little dog so he has ample space to roam around and play/sleep/eat. My sister has the same dog herself (a puppy!) and she’s quite happy to have run of the back part of their house (all tiled, so she’s easy to clean up after and can’t chew up carpet etc). My sister goes home at lunch time to check on her.

It’s great that you walk him before you go off to work and spend time with him after work, and looking in to a dog walker in the middle of the day is a really good idea.

When we get a puppy, he will be crate trained. SO and I work opposite schedules, so it’s going to be a rare occasion where the pup will be locked up during the day – probably 3 hours a week at the most. 

I really don’t think there is any need to even consider getting rid of your dog, he’s not unhappy and not being destructive, and he’s certainly not causing a nuisance to the neighbours.

Post # 60
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@hislittlepenguin:  our dog is left alone for 8- 8 1/2 hrs. she gets walked in the morning, when we come home and then depending on the whether, once more after she eats dinner. We try to schedule our weekends so that we are home with her all day

Post # 61
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@claudialrodas:  wait, was that a typo? you keep your dog in the trunk?

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