This Is The Maximum Amount Of Time You Should Leave Your Dog Home Alone

  • Now that we are turning on the heat and dogs wanting to lay by that heat, please be very careful.

If you own a dog, you already know there are those inevitable times when you have to leave your pup home alone. Between work and other outings, it’s nearly impossible to bring your dog everywhere. But how long is too long to leave your dog at home by themselves? The acceptable time period may be shorter than you think.

According to Tamsin Durston, head coach at the Dogs Trust Dog School, dogs should not be left alone for more than three or four hours. This information might come as a bit of a shock to those of us who have to leave our dogs at home for the duration of our work day — which can be up to seven or eight hours. However, it’s also important to note that the acceptable amount of time for leaving a dog alone is somewhat dependent on their breed and upbringing.

“Just like humans, some dogs are fine being left alone and some need more company,” explained Durston. “So it really depends on the individual, and if it’s been trained to be alone since being a puppy.” If you’ve trained your dog to be somewhat independent from a very young age, chances are they’ll be comfortable being home alone for longer. But if your dog is used to being with you all the time or your dog is a rescue type, they shouldn’t be left alone for extended periods of time.

In an ideal situation, your dog shouldn’t be left alone for more than four hours. Since most people’s work days are about double this, you should consider hiring a dog walker or finding someone to take your dog outside halfway through the day. Before leaving your dog alone, always ensure they have gone for a walk or have at least gone in the yard, and that they have lots of water and toys to keep them busy. Don’t forget about your furry friend when you go out — they might be missing you more than you think!