How Long Can Your Puppy Stay Alone? How Long Can Your Puppy Stay Alone

If you are going to leave your puppy alone for a long period of time then don’t be surprised with the behavior issues he might develop. Being alone, he deals with two big problems. The first one is the physical and emotional discomfort because he sees he is free and he doesn’t know what he is allowed to do and what he isn’t. Sometimes stress is added because he is afraid of doing something that can get him punished. The second problem comes out of the need of a puppy to be permanently around people or other puppies.

Take Precautions to Keep the Puppy Safe and not Afraid

If it is a small puppy, he should be familiarized to his environment. If a little puppy is to be left alone the entire day, then make sure he has enough water and that a big part of the room he is left into will be covered in papers. A small puppy needs to satisfy his physiological needs every three hours. Do not under any circumstances leave the puppy locked in the doggy house without giving him access to water. You should let him stay in a small room, for example, the kitchen.

A good idea might be coming home during your lunch break or hiring someone to walk your puppies. This way he gets a chance to meet other people and puppies and help you prevent a home disaster.

Experts recommend us to spend a few hours a day with or puppy and to introduce him to as many friends and neighbors as we can until he turns 7-12 weeks old because at this age the puppy holds the capacity to understand some situations.

It is also highly recommended that puppies should be crate trained at a very early age.  Most dogs who were crate trained correctly learn to see their crate as more of a refuge, a place to go where he will be safe.  However,  it is not recommended to leave a puppy or dog in a crate any longer than 4 hours at a time

Being Left Home Alone is Not as Traumatic for an Adult Dog

If you have an adult dog, that needs to be fed only once a day, it is simpler. The dog will eat at night or in the evening when you get home. You will walk him in the morning and when you get back from work. But try not to be out of the house more that 8 hours because he has a schedule, he knows exactly when he is given food and when he will be walked. If you don’t impose him a rhythm, the dog will be stressed and the house a mess.

Never leave the puppy alone when you are planning to go on a trip or on a vacation. If possible take him with you or if not, hire someone or ask some friends to take care of him.

It is important to make it up to your puppy. If you have to leave him alone a lot during work days, try and spend more time with him on weekends and holidays. Behavior issues can be easily corrected if you just play more with the puppy.

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