Understandably, you'd like to spend more time with your lovely dog, but sometimes you have to leave the house to attend work, school, or complete errands. You might wonder how long it's safe to leave your dog alone and what they do when you're not around. In today's blog, our vets in Laguna Beach will answer these questions for you.

How Long Can You Leave a Dog at Home Alone?

As a pup parent, spending quality time with your pet is probably one of your favorite pastimes. Who doesn't enjoy being around a furry four-legged friend who's always happy to see you? However, you may have to leave them alone to go to work, run errands, or go to school. So, how long can you leave your dog alone, And, what will they do while you're gone?

The answers to these questions will depend on your dog's overall personality, age, and breed. Young puppies under six months old should not be left alone for more than two or three hours due to the risk of separation anxiety and bladder control issues. When you need to leave your young puppy alone, it's 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.  

As your puppy grows older, you may gradually increase the amount of time you leave them alone. Adult dogs are generally okay on their own for between four and six hours per day. However, many dogs are good at getting used to being alone for eight to nine hours while you are at work, provided they have enough space to move around comfortably. 

What do dogs do all day while alone?

When you're not home, your dog might nap or relax on your sofa or favorite sweater if calm. However, some dogs may try to jump up onto the counter and chew on something they shouldn't or steal a treat. 

Dogs with separation anxiety who don't have any other way to channel their anxious energy may become destructive and damage valuable items or furniture. If your dog has this issue, leave them alone for short periods and gradually increase it. 

Once your dog can handle being alone for four hours, they should be able to handle being alone for eight hours. Pugs, Chihuahuas, Basset Hounds, and French Bulldogs are some breeds that can handle being left alone for extended periods.

What can I do with my dog while I am at work?

Although some dogs can tolerate being alone for a certain amount of time during the day, it does not necessarily mean they enjoy it. Dogs are social animals and require the company of their owners to feel content and comfortable. However, there are a few things that you can do to assist your dog when you are not at home:

Provide Them With Entertainment

Before you leave, ensure 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 that will provide them with a fun challenge.

Communicate With Them

Modern technology allows you to keep in touch with your furry friend even when you're not around. Pet cameras will enable you to talk to your dog and comfort them with your soothing voice. Additionally, you can monitor their behavior and reward them with delicious treats. This way, you can ensure your pup is safe and happy even when you're not physically present.

Help Them Feel Safe

Offer your dog a sense of security or safety by swaddling them in a jacket or keeping them in their crate with enough space to move around and play. Your pup might be hesitant initially, but it can be a lifesaver in the long run.

Pet Boarding at Canyon Animal Hospital

You can choose our boarding service if you need to leave your dog or cat overnight. At Canyon Animal Hospital, we offer daytime and overnight boarding. We can provide your furry friend with the care and companionship they need when you are away. We make sure they get plenty of exercise, socialization, and fun! Our caring vets at Laguna Beach 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 Laguna Beach animal hospital today to book your dog's stay in our boarding facility. We look forward to meeting you and your dog.