How much time per day can we leave our dog alone?
When you decide to adopt a dog, you know that you will have to feed him, educate him, take care of him but also get him used to being alone. Indeed, it is impossible to spend the whole day with your dog. Even if we would like to! Going shopping, going to work, being invited to a friend’s house are so many reasons that force us to leave our doggie alone at home. But how many hours a day is it decent to leave your dog alone?
About 7 hours a day for workers
Knowing how long you can leave your dog alone actually depends on each dog. The shortest possible time would be an adequate answer. However, it is important to know that an adult dog is capable of holding back to relieve himself for 6 to 8 hours at a time.
If you work all day long and you don’t have the opportunity to come home at lunchtime to take your doggie out, it is therefore necessary to get your dog used to relieve himself in the morning before you leave, in the afternoon when you come home from work and in the evening before going to bed.
On the other hand, these walks will have to be all the more dynamic. Your dog will need the opportunity to exercise. The reason? To be able to bear to stay without doing anything the rest of the time.
Walks in the park or in the forest are then indispensable every day. Or, at worst, two to three times a week. The same goes for the time spent playing with your dog: at least 1 hour a day!
In your absence, your dog sleeps
When you are away, your dog will sleep. Indeed, your dog is subject to your schedules and unfortunately has no choice but to stay alone. Even if it is against his nature. The dog is a social animal that needs to interact with humans and other dogs throughout the day. He also needs to exercise, explore new places, sniff out trails…
It is therefore very important to meet your dog’s expectations when you come home. Even if you are tired! If you let your dog get as bored as a dead rat in your absence but also when you are present at home, he might get depressed .