Owning a dog is not easy. It takes much time, hard work, and dedication. That is if you are doing it correctly. To no surprise, dogs love the company of humans. It is not bad to leave your dog alone at home, but there are a few things to consider.
You may wonder how long your dog can last until its next potty break. Studies show that dogs generally need to pee between three to five times a day. Keep in mind that the timing of potty breaks depends on the dog. Puppies and seniors will need frequent breaks. Any dog forced to hold their urine for too long is at risk for a urinary tract infection. It can be uncomfortable as well! We recommend that you provide a potty break every four to six hours. If you are away from home for long periods, please consider hiring a dog walker or asking a friend to ensure that your dogs have frequent potty breaks.
Your dog will also need physical activity throughout the day. Exercise helps dogs stay healthy, stimulate their minds, burn calories, and avoid boredom. Individual exercise needs vary depending on your dog’s breed, health, and age. Dogs need about 60 minutes of moderate activity throughout the day. If you plan to leave home for an extended period, ensure that your four-legged friend gets 20-30 minutes of exercise.
Mental activity should be considered as well. This type of stimulation keeps your dog happy, healthy, and well-behaved. Unfortunately, dogs may become destructive if they do not receive enough mental stimulation throughout the day. How do you keep your dog busy while you are away? Consider puzzle toys and safe chews as excellent options. You should also ensure your dog has a secure and comfortable place to relax.
Some dogs may handle more alone time compared to others. However, every dog needs potty breaks, exercise, and mental stimulation. Are you away from home for extended periods? Consider enrolling your dog in doggie daycare. This is an excellent opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs and get the exercise they need!