Leaving a dog alone?

posted 11 months ago in Pets
Post # 46
1210 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

We have two dogs that are home alone anywhere from 5-9 hours a day, 3-4 days per week (SO works from home a lot). We leave them outside in our fenced yard with unlimited access to the garage, which is heated in the winter. They also have thermostat-controlled warming mats in their crates, food, water, and toys. We have cameras in the garage, as well as around the entire perimeter of the house, so we can check on them throughout the day. Usually they are chasing each other around the yard or snoozing in their crates. 

Post # 47
557 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

we have 2 year old pug who is left at home from around 8 – 4.30-5pm and now reading everone’s comments I feel bad! I mean I always do kind of feel bad, but we couldn’t have predicted the change in our work schedules that happened when he was around 1 years old. We try to take him to day care mid week to break it up. I walk him a good 20 mins in the morning and then he gets two evening walks when we are home plus lots of attention and play time so he seems happy. I mean he’s used to it now, I think dogs adapt and get used to their enviroment and routine so. 

Post # 48
1011 posts
Bumble bee

He’s home alone for about 8 hours and does fine.  I work from home one day a week (two if it’s a slow meeting week), and when I do it seems he’s annoyed that I’m home and disturbing his nap pattern.

Post # 50
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - City, State

We have a 4 year old GSD and she is the LAZIEST dog in the universe, so she’s perfectly fine being alone (with the cat lol) from 5am-1:30, 2ish in the afternoon. She gets lots of backyard time when we’re home and walks maybe 1-2 times a week (seriously, laziest dog). She has a crate that she goes in to sleep, a bed, a whole house to roam through, always lots of water, and windows to watch the squirrels. I think it totally depends on the dog of course, but most will probably just sleep and amuse themselves.

Post # 51
1145 posts
Bumble bee

HarveySpecter :  most adult dogs would be totally fine if they had access to a doggy door and water all day. I wouldn’t leave a dog outside all day — what if something happens. But access to outside seems fine. Walkers and daycare are nice but if it’s not in the budget then he or she will most likely be okay. 

I would worry about leaving a puppy alone for that long. Puppies could develop attachment/abandonment issues if they’re not ready to be left alone for a long period of time. They also may not be smart enough to use the doggy door and I wouldn’t want to come home to puddles. Would make potty training a lot harder if you let them pee inside and aren’t there to immediately move them outside to the right potty spot. 

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