How Long Can a Dog be Left Home Alone?

The question of how long is too long when it comes to leaving dogs home alone is one posed by many dog owners and would-be dog owners, particularly those who work a 9 to 5 full time job.

A recent study conducted by the University of Brisol has suggested that a huge number of dogs are suffering with separation anxiety as a result of being left alone at home for long periods of time.

We wanted to solicit the views of dog owners on this thorny issue as it often proves one of the most commonly asked questions at K9 Magazine HQ…just how long is too long to leave a dog at home alone?

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Leaving Dogs at Home: How Long is too Long?

There tends to be two schools of thought on this issue

1. Working people should be able to have dogs, but leaving the dog at home for more than a few hours at a time is cruel and proper arrangements should be made to cater for the dog’s needs i.e professional dog walker or owner returning home to take the dog out.

2. There is a certain ‘cut off point’ at which it is simply too long to leave a dog at home on their own.

How Long Can a Dog Be Left At Home For?

So, the question is, where do you stand?

Is there a magical number after which it’s not OK for a dog to be left alone and, if so, what is it?

Should dogs EVER be left alone for periods of longer than, say, two hours?

Are we getting worked up over nothing? Is it OK to leave a dog alone for the length of a normal working day (above 6 hours).

And finally, what tips, experience etc do you have in helping a dog cope with potential separation anxiety issues?

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Your thoughts on this hot topic are very much appreciated. You can use the comment form below and we’ll publish your views – they might just help someone who is thinking of getting a dog but evaluating whether or not they have the time and resources to be fair to the animal.

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