How Long Is It OK to Leave My Dog Home Alone?
Sometimes leaving your dog home alone is unavoidable. How long is it OK to leave your dog home alone? There is no easy way to answer. It depends on a lot of factors such as your dog's age, breed, health, and whether or not they have separation anxiety.
Puppies: In general, puppies need to pee one hour for every month of their age. That means your 2 month old puppy will need to go outside every two hours. By the time he his six months old, he can hold his bladder for up to six hours. Please be aware that all puppies are different and will potty train as individuals some quicker and some slower.
Healthy Adult Dogs: A healthy dog can go six to eight hours between potty breaks. Keep in mind, though, that if your dog needs to hold his bladder for eight hours a day on a regular basis, that can lead to urinary tract infections, stones, or crystals. If you can't get home on your lunch break, running late, or have a long period of time before arriving back home to let your dog out, consider hiring a dog walker.
Senior Dogs: As dogs age, they can lose the ability to hold their bladder for long periods of time. Plan on taking your senior dog out every two to six hours.
Dogs with health issues: Some health conditions or their treatments can cause your dog to urinate more frequently. Steroids, in particular, can cause a dog to drink a lot more water than usual, which then causes them to urinate more often. If your noticing a difference in your dogs potty routine please consult your vet.
Dogs with separation anxiety: Dogs with separation anxiety obviously become more upset when when they are left home alone which in turn can cause potty accidents, Dog walkers can help your dog get through the day and provide some much needed companionship while your away.