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

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 62
5940 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have 4 dogs, 3 are crated. We are gone 10 hours. We spend the rest of the night hanging out with them, 2 are puppies so they have energy! No, it’s not ideal, but have you spent a Saturday with them? They sleep. A LOT. BUT if I could afford it I would probably have a dog sitter come over and let them out and spend a little time with them. I love them to bits and they get the best care I can give them. If we didn’t have them I’m pretty sure 3 of them would’ve been euthanized.

Post # 63
159 posts
Blushing bee

Our dogs are in the house from around 8:30 to 5:00. We have a dog walker come at lunch time. I have major guilt about leaving them alone for that long.


Post # 64
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

@hislittlepenguin:  Personally I think 8am-7pm is TOO long for a dog to be home alone, if you could just run home for lunch or a break in the middle would be perfect, or see if family or a neighbor could. If not maybe rehoming would be the best option. I just don’t think it’s fair to get a dog if it is going to be home alone most of the time. Not trying to sounds mean, just trying to think of what is best for the dog. No one knows the situation better than you, so I can’t judge. But that’s just what I would do…

Post # 65
122 posts
Blushing bee

It depends on the week but typically either myself or my fiancé are home 4 out of 7 days per week. And I make my own schedule so he is home for maybe 5-6 hours at a time my himself occasionally more. You have to work dont expect every dog owner to work from home and don’t judge yourself for working either 

Post # 66
13231 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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@claudialrodas:  I hope this is a language issue and you meant back of station wagon or SUV.  A trunk is completely closed like you’d  find on a sedan! 

At the risk of offending people,and  I don’t say this to be mean, but as I mentioned , vets will tell you that even  9-5 a is too long for most dogs to go without a bathroom break if it is a routine thing. Small dogs even more so.  Even if the dog does not complain,  it can  put urinary tract health at risk and has even been associated with bladder cancer.  I would not own a dog with a full time job  if I couldn’t hire a walker, have someone home, or do dog day care. 

Post # 67
3196 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t see a problem if he isn’t developing any issues. Sounds like he is a low maintenance kind of pup. If he starts having issues, I would get a walker, then if that doesn’t work, doggie daycare. Should sort out any loneliness or lack of exercise problems and destructive behaviors that accompany them. 

ETA: I forgot to answer your question: we are gone from about 6:45-12:00, 12:30-6:00 most days. He gets out to pee at lunch and a quick play session, usually with lots of tug and runny. Then we either re-crate him for the afternoon (he’s crated in the morning) or he comes to work in the afternoon and sleeps in the car so we can go running after work. He doesn’t have any problems with the schedule, and has only ever had an accident when his belly was upset, poor fellow. Plus, he loves coming into work at the end of the day and meeting lots of new friends. 

Yes, I do feel guilty that he stays home alone a lot, but then I remind myself that all he does when we are home is sleep. Plus, we do a lot of training and playing in the evenings, so that keeps him busy and happy. 



Post # 68
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our dog is often alone for 8-9 hours a day, but then a lot of days my husband will start later than me/come home earlier and it will be shorter than that.

I work shifts so it means I can take him to the park before I start an afternoon shift, or after I finish a morning shift.

He’s fine alone. He collects all his favourite toys and brings them up onto our bed and sleeps on our pillows with them until we get home 🙂 🙂

Post # 69
512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014


Can you come up with money for either daycare or dog walker 2-3 days a week?  We take our dog to daycare 2-3 days a week & my Fiance comes home to take him for a potty break midday on the other days.  My Fiance works within walking distance though.  We are moving this weekend & Fiance won’t be taking him out mid day anymore so we are hiring a dog walker to come 3 days and we’ll keep him in daycare the other 2 days.

Don’t give your dog up.  You are his/her WORLD.  I adore King Caveliers, they are so so sweet.  Even if you can’t add a dog walker or daycare a few days a week you should still honor the commitment made to your dog.  I think most house pets stay home alone for 8 hours a day.  I wouldn’t dump my dog if we were unable to pay for a dog walker or daycare anymore.  

Post # 70
1138 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

DH and I are gone from about 830-9 to 7-730 every day, but we do have a walker come who takes our dog out for a 45 min-1 hour walk with other dogs once per day, which we think breaks up her day and gives her some activity. If your dog has the cat to keep him company, I bet that helps a lot. Tons of people who work 10 hours a day have pets–I do not think the answer is to rehome! Dogs sleep most of the day when you are not around, so I think it’s okay. 

Post # 71
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Well, people have to work.  To me it is what it is.  When I was working 10 – 14 hours a day I would have never gotten a dog.  But, now I’m working at home.  I will be getting a dog to keep me company.  In fact the dog will like never be left alone between me and my Fiance.  The dog will probably get sick of us before we get sick of him.  Undecided

Post # 72
1001 posts
Bumble bee

Our dog is alone for about 4 hours.  My partner leave for work at around 5am, and I get home from work at around 9am (graveyard shift).  So he’s barely alone.  Hwoever, I sleep for part of the day, so he gets to come in to the bedroom and wake me up if he wants to go outside or anything like that.  He usually naps with me for an hour or so, then gets up and plays in the living room.

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