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Is it ok for a Havanese to be home alone all day?

Is it okay for a Havanese to be home alone during the day while we're at work. Is it considered cruel if we can't be home during the day, will the puppy have a happy life? Is it enough to shower the pet with love when we are home? Please help us, we are interested in having a Havanese for a pet but we want to make sure we can provide a happy home for it!
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I think it depends on how long they are left alone. Are we talking 4 hours or 8 hours??

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It'll be more like 7-8 hours
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Obviously this can be a touchy subject to some - but I must tell you I believe I have the 2 happiest dogs I have ever had in my life and I work full time - 4 days a week. I do however have someone come in once during the day. They love her. They are also crated together while we are gone. Now that they are over a year old I feel they could do without her but as long as I can afford it - she will remain our doggy nanny!

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I would say this is not a problem if you get a dog walker to come in during the middle of the day to either play with him or take him out. I try not to leave Kubrick alone more than 6 hours at a time. I've done it before, but I think it's a little too much to leave him alone by himself. If I had another dog I don't think I'd worry as much about him being alone.

I do know there are people on this forum who leave their dogs alone 8 hours a day and they are happy pups. I would just get someone to come in during the day to ease my own mind, not because I don't think you can do it.


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I can see how 2 dogs might lessen the seperation anxiety, but would one be lonely if left alone that long? How would they go out? A doggy nanny sounds like a great idea!
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If that were the case, I would think that you would be ok ifyou have someone come in midday. I have never left my guys 7-8 hours, can they even hold it that long during the day??

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One of my puppy owners works full time. They too have a puppy nanny (it might be the neighbor I'm not sure) come in every day at lunch time to let her out and run and play for an hour. It works perfectly for them!


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I am now working full time and my girls are home about 4-5 hours a day by themselves on average. My husband is a professor so has a strange schedule. I think you need to make sure to make a commitment to having time at home being with the dog. Walk before you leave, etc. Rarely do either of us go out during the week and I take the girls a lot places and train with them quite a bit as well. They do mainly sleep during the day when I am gone. Even if my husband stays at home. But they weren't at home alone until age 2 and 4.

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I agree with all of the advice hear. If you or someone can come in mid day (I find late mid day is better as they get older) You can work and have a Hav. But I think you should work out something for the first month. If you can take a week off, and then your wife can take the next week, -and then hire a pet nannt to come in twice a day for the next two weeks I think you will have more success in the puppy feeling secure. Then you can level off to once a day or I think perhaps eventually every other day or not at all-- but like Amanda, I will have a pet walker for as long as I can afford it.




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