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How log can you leave a dog alone?

As much as you'd love to stay home and cuddle with your adorable dog all day, it isn't always doable due to having to go to work, school or run errands. That said, you're probably wondering how long you can leave your dog alone and what they do all day while you're gone. Our Murfreesboro vets answer these questions today.

How long can you leave a dog at home alone?

As a parent of a canine, one of your favorite things to do is likely to be spending quality time with your canine companion. Who wouldn't take pleasure in being in the company of a furry, four-legged friend who is always excited to see them? Having said that, you most likely have to occasionally leave them alone in order to go to work, run errands, or attend school yourself. How long can you go without feeding your dog, and what will they do while they're waiting for you to return?

The responses to these questions will vary according to the general temperament of your dog, as well as his age and breed. Due to the increased risk of separation anxiety and issues with bladder control, young puppies who are under six months old should not be left alone for more than two or three hours at a time. When you do need to leave your young puppy alone, it is always best to keep them in a puppy-proof room or crate for their safety, where they won't break anything or get into too much mischief. When you do need to leave your young puppy alone, it is always best to keep them in a puppy-proof room or crate.

You may choose to gradually lengthen the amount of time that you spend away from your puppy as they mature into adulthood. The average amount of time that an adult dog can spend alone safely each day is between four and six hours. On the other hand, many dogs are capable of adapting well to being left home alone for eight to nine hours while their owners are at work, provided that they have sufficient room to move around in comfort.

Your dog may take a long, relaxing nap while you are gone from the house, or if they are a calm dog, they may even relax by curling up with your favorite sweater or sitting on the sofa, which is normally off-limits to them, while you are gone. Other canines might practice their "counter surfing" skills by climbing up onto your kitchen counter and gnawing on an item that they normally wouldn't be permitted to have or swiping a treat without your knowledge.

On the other hand, dogs suffering from separation anxiety who do not have another outlet for the anxious energy they are experiencing may develop destructive behaviors, such as destroying furniture or breaking expensive valuables. If your dog does indeed have this problem, one solution is to start by leaving them alone for brief periods of time and then work your way up to longer and longer stretches of time.

A dog should be able to handle being alone for a total of 8 hours once they have proven that they can handle being alone for 4 hours.

Most experts agree that Pugs, Chihuahuas, Basset Hounds, and French Bulldogs are the breeds best suited to spending extended periods of time on their own.

What Can I Do With My Dog While I am at Work?

Some dogs can tolerate being left alone for brief periods of time during the day, but this does not mean that they enjoy the experience. As pack animals, dogs require the company of their owners in order to feel secure and content in their environment. While you are away from home, you can help your dog in a few different ways by doing the following:

Provide Them With Entertainment

Before you leave make sure your pup has a toy to keep them busy and occupied while you are away, such as their favorite stuffed animal or a puzzle toy to provide them with a fun challenge.

Communicate With Them

Because of technological advancements, you are able to maintain contact with your dog even when you are away from home. You are able to communicate with your canine companion through the use of pet cameras, which enables you to either lull your dog to sleep with your soothing voice or monitor their behavior so that you can reward them with an abundance of tasty treats.

Help Them Feel Safe

If you want to give your dog a feeling of safety and security, you can swaddle them in a jacket or keep them in their crate as long as there is enough room for them to move around and play. Even though at first your puppy might be reluctant, doing so could end up saving both of their lives.

Pet Boarding

If you need to leave your dog overnight, you can opt for a boarding service. At Animal Medical Center, we offer overnight and medical boarding for dogs and cats. We can provide your pooch with the care and companionship they need when you are away. We make sure they get lots of exercise, socialization, and fun! With medical boarding, we can provide your dog with any medications on schedule. Our caring Murfreesboro vets love spending time with the pets that board with us and treat them like their own.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Do you need to leave your dog overnight? Contact our Murfreesboro animal hospital today to book your dog's stay in our boarding facility. We look forward to meeting you and your pooch!

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