(Closed) Leaving a dog home alone

posted 10 years ago in Pets
  • poll: How long do you leave your dog home along?
    Less than 2 hours. : (3 votes)
    2 %
    2-4 hours. : (9 votes)
    7 %
    Over 4 hours, less than 6. : (32 votes)
    26 %
    6-8 hours. : (43 votes)
    34 %
    More than 8 hours. : (38 votes)
    30 %
  • Post # 3
    442 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Before 7 months we never left our dog alone more than a hour. Now we leave her home alone up to 4 hours less than 6.

    Post # 4
    2236 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    8 hours is my max, and I have 3 dogs…2 and a half Gabby, just over 1 Dudley, and 7 month old Tyson. I crate them while we’re gone too. It has gotten to the point that they’re so used to it, that during the day they just fall asleep even if we’re home, lol. (FH and I both work full time, so they’re crated all day during the week)

    Post # 5
    1955 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

    Our puppy is 5 months old and we leave her alone for up to 5 hours (in her crate.) Out of curiousity, why do you ask?

    Post # 6
    2025 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Both of our dogs are 5 and we leave them home for about 10 hrs. We have done this for about the last 3 years. The first 2 years they came to work with me (we have a kennel out back at the office).

    They don’t seem to mind, although I know they prefer to be with us all day. They have each other and don’t have any behavior issues from it. We just make sure when we get home that they get to play hard for a while, or go jogging with me. We also live next door to a dog park, so sometimes we go there. 

    Post # 7
    264 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Our pup is 1 and we try not to leave him for longer than 6 hours, sometimes 7.

    Post # 8
    1015 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    We have a five month old who stays at home.  Darling Husband goes home at lunch and then is home by about 5:30 pm.  If Darling Husband can’t get home my in-laws are VERY kind and go see him.  Of course by the time I get home I’m not willing to go anywhere – I just want to be with him!


    Post # 9
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    We have 2 big dogs, 7yrs & 6yrs old. They go on a normal work day for about 8-9 hours. (they are not in crates, if that helps for your info)They can go a lot longer, but who wants to hold it that long 🙂

    Post # 10
    375 posts
    Helper bee

    My dog is home for 11 hours a day (I have a nice long commute). He definitely minds it, but there’s nothing I can do about it. He runs loose in the house.

    Post # 12
    3219 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    We are gone for about 8 1/2 hours a day. My dog is 1 1/2 she has a play-pen while we are gone. But now my dad isnt working so he comes over during the day to take her out 🙂

    Post # 13
    3761 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @youhavemyheart: Yea an 8 hour day is REALLY hard with a puppy.  It can be done but I think it increases your potty training time substantially.  Meaning a normal puppy that can be taken out every 4 hours or so will probably be potty trained within a month.  A puppy that is left alone in the crate could take like 3 months to be potty trained. 

    If you do decide to adopt a puppy think about adopting one that is a bit older.  8 weeks is still REALLY young and no matter how often you take them out its hard for their little bladders to hold it and they just aren’t quite old enough to understand commands.  By 10-12 weeks they are able to start understanding the potty training concept better. 

    Post # 14
    11324 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    My dog is 5-6 (unsure… rescue pup I got around 3 years old), but I work at home so I don’t usually have to leave him home alone for long at all. On a daily basis I’d say he’s not usually left alone for more than maybe 3-4 hours max (and that is mostly weekend dates or going out with friends). Usually if I’m going to be gone more than 8 hours I try to get someone to check in on him and let him out.

    However, he can and I do occasionally leave him home for up to 12 hours. He has no problem with accidents so I’m not concerned about that, but I just feel badly leaving him alone that long. That is pretty much only for special event type stuff, like if we’re going to a wedding and afterparty or something. Like once or twice/year type stuff. 


    ETA: we never crate him or lock him up. He has free run of the house with the two cats. 

    Post # 15
    2236 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011


    I don’t think I understand your post…first of all, crate training DECREASES potty training time…if you have a puppy that goes potty in their crate either the crate is too big for them or there is an underlying problem. Dogs should never go to the bathroom in their “den”. My dogs were able to hold it for 8 hours in their crate from the time they were 8 weeks old. The puppy I actually got at 10 weeks and he only ever had 1 accident in the house (never in his crate) but that can be attributed to already having 2 potty trained dogs.

    Post # 16
    6571 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    Our dog is 6. I don’t work, so I usually don’t have to leave him alone for more than a few hours. But before I got here my hubby left him for the 8 hour work days, so if we have something that keeps us out he’s ok.

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