Assume the dog is uncrated, non-destructive, and does not have bad separation anxiety.
How long is it okay to leave a dog alone during the day?
Poll Results: How long is it okay to leave a dog alone during the day?
0% (0)Not at all
0% (0)1-2 Hours
8% (2)3-4 Hours
26% (6)5-6 Hours
34% (8)7-8 Hours
8% (2)9 Hours
21% (5)10 Hours
Well the longest I have left Oscar alone is a couple of hours, and he just lies low and sleeps. If I go out I always put him in his crate and the longest I have left him in his crate during the day is four hours, but I am sure he could go longer, but I wouldn't want to do it. I would be okay leaving a mature dog for 6 - 7 hours with free roam, but I feel Oscar is too young at 9 months for free roam yet.
I would say it depends on the dog and family. We don't leave our jack russell Burton home more than a few house by himself. He's almost 5 so when I first got him I was finishing up college and he would have to stay home while I was in class for a few hours at a time. I've been really lucky to have a few jobs where I could bring him along- he lived with me in a sleeping bag in a tent while I taught for an outward bound type program. He is totally fine home alone and we don't have to crate him or anything like that and I know he would be just fine for longer stretches of time but it's mostly me who hates to leave him alone : P When we leave for an extended period of time/ overnight and we're going somewhere that he can join us we bring him and if not we usually drop him off at friends/ relatives.
We just got rid of our second car and now my husband will not be able to come home at lunch. I am away from home a maximum of 6 hours, and my new job starts in a month. I'll probably have 3 days a week where I am away from home for 6 hours. I wasn't sure how comfortable I'd feel leaving my pup home alone that long, especially in her crate.
Over the last month I've been experimenting with leaving her at home with free access to the house. She is not a chewer, so I thought I'd see. We started with one hour, and increased the time in 1/2 hour incriments over the month. Everytime she has been fine: the house is unscathed, she is calm and relaxed when we get home. So on Friday I tried a 5.5 hour day, and she did fine! I was so suprised.
So now I am trying to decide if I should leave her at home for 6 hours a day three days a week or so. She gets lots of exercise before and after her time at home alone. Hmmmmm.
She really is an anomaly as far as chewing goes: I've never, ever had a puppy that has chewed this little. Even in the middle of teething she never once chewed up anything that wasn't her own toy. Crazy!
When we do leave her alone I get out all of her favorite chew toys: the rope, the everlasting treat, and the frozen stuffed kong. I also make her sit-stay right before I leave as I hide treats in the livingroom and dining room. The treat hunt keeps her from getting anxious when we leave and takes a good 15 minutes at least. The frozen kong takes her a good hour to eat. And after that she pretty much naps the day away, I assume. At least, that is what she does when i am being a dud at home and we are not activly playing.