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Hi I have a question regarding how long to leave a dog for? I looked it up online but would love some opinions from real dog owners. I know some lucky people work from home and can afford to never leave their dog for more than an hour, but looking to hear from other people who have outside jobs too.

I work from 8:30 to 3:30 and am planning to get an adult dog from a shelter, I'm hoping to get one the carers know to be fairly laid back, independent and without any serious separation anxiety (both in breed and personality). I live with 3 other people who may be around although this isn't certain. I'm hoping that by putting out lots of toys, leaving the radio on, having a calming room spray, and perhaps having a doggy webcam linked up to my phone this would all be ok? Is this still too long to leave a dog? Are there any other tips to keep a dog happy? I'm a very dedicated dogmum and want to give a little dog a loving home over a shelter!

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Most dogs can be left for 8 hours without a problem so long as the owner makes sure to exercise the dog before leaving it and again exercises, and interacts with, the dog when they get home. In other words you shouldn't be letting the dog out for a potty break, letting it back in, and then leaving for work, and you shouldn't get home, let the dog out to potty, and go lay on the couch for the next few hours.
 
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Oh of course not. Lots of attention, play and love when I get home of course. Thankfully even socialising wont be hard as I only frequent doggy pubs where I will take him or her along. Thank you for replying, it's reassuring.
 

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Yup 8 hours is the general rule. In the beginning you may need to crate/pen the dog until it understands the house rules & boundaries -- but depends on the individual and the age (e.g. 1 year will be different to 4 years).

As long as you tell the shelter what your're looking for they should be able to match you with a pup that isn't so high energy that it can't go 8 hours without stimulation.

I wouldn't worry so much about the radio or the calming sprays. Most adult dogs sleep 90% of the time you're away.
 

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It varies from dog to dog. Samantha is completely trustworthy when left alone at home, she has the run of the house, and has never damaged anything. We have a five to six hour limit to how long we will leave her, maybe more because we are uncomfortable leaving her for longer, then Samantha wouldn't be ok for longer. More often than not its not over 3 hours or so, but again she is always fine when we get home. She is ecstatically happy to see us, but then when left alone, they don't have much to do, but sleep and wait for their people to return.
 

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Personally, I am a student so my schedule ranges from me being gone 3 hours in a day to 8 hours. I am pretty lucky and my pup is AWESOME. He is about 7 months old and the only time he ever has had an accident while I was out was when I was gone too long (missed the bus and had to be gone an extra hour).

I have a pen where he stays when I am gone, which is pretty much the size of half of my living room so he has a ton of space. I make sure to go on a walk for at least 30 minutes before I leave and I don't bring any schoolwork home with me, just so when I am here it is me and him time. He is actually currently sleeping on the couch because he got too tired playing (he literally dropped the ball, kissed my hand, and went on the couch).

I honestly used to feel like a horrible pet owner because I would be gone (any length of time), but after awhile I realized he sleeps a majority of the day anyway- minds well be when I am not here. I just make sure he gets a ton of attention when I am here and he seems to love me and not destroy my house- I am calling it a win :)

Good luck!
 
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