How Long Can You Leave Your Dog Alone?

How Long Can You Leave Your Dog Alone?

Being a fur parent comes with a responsibility. Having a pet is like having children.  Dog’s can be left alone depending on their age.

Little puppies ages 0 to 8 months should never be left alone for more than one hour due to:

  • 8-10 weeks: 1 hour or less. Puppies this young simply can’t hold their urine for more than an hour, and even that is pushing it, sometimes! You might start crate training at this age, but you can’t leave a young puppy in a crate for long periods; he’ll wet his bed (a lot!)
  • 10-12 weeks: Bladder capacity is increasing, but 2 hours is still the longest that most puppies can hold it at this stage.
  • 3-6 months: At this point, consider the one hour per month rule. Three-month-old puppies can wait for three hours, four-month-old puppies for four hours, and so on.
  • After 6 months: An older puppy, like most adult dogs, has the ability to hold it for up to six hours. If you don’t have a dog door, be sure to pop home at lunch or get your pet sitter to pay a visit if you’re unable to do so.

Of course, the above estimates can vary depending on a puppy’s size, health, and habits.

But any dog forced to hold their urine for too long is at risk for urinary tract infection, stones, or crystals.

Plus, holding urine for too long is just plain uncomfortable, and can lead to accidents.

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