How long can your dog be left alone?
By
Jason Meltzer
Published
July 27, 2022

Pet parents have very busy schedules. Having a dog is like having a kid and providing proper care seems daunting. It's common for pet parents to feel guilty when they leave their pet for long periods of time. Our pets love spending time with us but this doesn't mean leaving them home alone makes you a bad pet parent. Read the tips below about keeping your pet happy when you're away.

Consider your dog's bladder

So how long can my dog last without a bathroom break? According to experts, dogs generally need to pee between three to five times a day. But the timing of potty breaks varies from dog to dog, and puppies and seniors need more frequent breaks.

Here are suggested time limits for dogs of different life stages:

  • Puppies: one hour per every month of age 
  • Adult dogs: up to eight hours, but preferably no more than six
  • Senior dogs: anywhere from two to six hours

 Dog’s forced to hold their urine for too long are at risk for urinary tract infection. Expect dogs holding their pee to end up making an accident in the home. 

We recommend a potty break every four to six hours. 

Exercise is important

Bladder control is one thing but your dog also needs physical activity during the day. Proper exercise helps them:

  • Stay healthy
  • Digest meals
  • Stimulate their mind
  • Burn calories
  • Avoid boredom

In general, healthy dogs need about 60 minutes of moderate activity every day. Before leaving your dog home alone, spend 20-30 minutes taking them for a walk or playing with them. A tired dog is more likely to spend the time while you're away resting.

 Don't forget your dogs mental health

 Mental activity is important to keep your best friend happy and healthy. Dogs need a certain amount of mental stimulation throughout the day. A bored dog is more likely to entertain themselves with destructive behavior

To keep your dog busy & to stimulate their mind:

  • Fill toys with treats or peanut butter
  • Try an automatic treat dispenser
  • Puzzles are great for clever dogs

In conclusion

All dogs are different, and some can handle more alone time than others. But every dog needs periodic potty breaks, exercise, and mental stimulation.  Let us know if you have any other helpful tips for keeping your dog healthy when you are away.

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