Even if you wanted to, you likely aren't able to spend 100% of the time with your furry best friend. You'll need to leave your dog home alone at some point.
It is important to remember that how long a dog can stay home alone varies from dog to dog, and no one knows your pup better than you! The length of time depends on the individual, their age, their personality, behavior, health conditions, and experiences.
With that in mind, here are a few guidelines on how long you should leave your dog home alone.
Wondering How Long Can Your Dog Stay Home By Themselves?
Young Puppies Under 6 Months Old: They can generally be left alone for up to 2 hours at a time, but it is best to build up to this gradually. Between 3-6 months, you can consider the one-hour-per-month-of-age rule. And always be sure that your dog is comfortable and won't have accidents.
Dogs 18 months+: They can typically be left alone 4-6 hours at a time.
Adult Dogs: Up to 8 hours depending on your dog. But if possible, we recommend having someone come to let them out once while you are away.
Elderly Dog: 2-6 Hours, depending on health
Make sure your dog isn't forced to hold their urine for too long, as they could be at risk for urinary tract infection, stones, or crystals.
If you are going to need to leave your dog longer than the recommended time, here are a few suggestions:
- Drop in if you can - even if you will be at work most of the day, if you can run home for lunch or during a break to let your dog out and get in a few snuggles, that would be great!
- Consider a dog walker
- Have a neighbor stop over to say "Hi"
- Give doggy daycare a try!
Regardless of how long you are gone, your best bud will be waiting for you when you get home!