Leaving your dog home alone? It can be challenging. Dogs see us as members of their pack, but it’s not always possible (sadly) to spend all of our time with our furry pals. It’s best to teach our dogs while they’re still puppies that being home alone is not a big deal, otherwise they can develop separation anxiety.
So how to keep your pup happy and safe when you’re not around? How long is too long to leave your dog home alone? And what do you need to keep in mind when doing so? We’ve put together the facts and recommendations from the leading dog experts for you.
How long is too long when leaving a dog home alone?
Try to keep the time that your dog is left home alone to a minimum. Even the most well-adjusted dogs may become distressed¹ if they are left home alone for too long. Here are some general recommendations for how long you can leave your dog home alone, based on age: