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Leaving dogs alone? How long?

I would love to get some opinions, on my situation. I've been getting a dog sitter to come to my house, on the days I work. My pups are never left alone for more than 5 hrs., without bringing the sitter in. If I work an extra long day, she's stayed up to 5 hrs! You can image the money I am shelling out weekly! I'm told I am crazy and the pups are fine alone. I know the Havanese are bred for companionship. So, how many hrs do you feel the dogs can be left alone? I know a lot of you work from home or don't leave your Hav's alone for long periods, but what do you feel is ok? Keep in mind, my 3 guys have the run of the house, a doggy door, locked fenced in yard, TV, toys, dog beds, food, water and each other. None of my guys have separation anxiety either. When I get home, it seems like they've been sleeping the entire time, as they are yawning and stretching! I also take them for an off leash 45min-hr walk daily.

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Well, I don't think you're crazy , but I don't think you need to have someone dogsit for five hours either. If it is on a regular basis, I think four-five hours on a schedule is fine. Anything after that, I think a sitter or dogwalker is good to break up their day, but he/she wouldn't need to stay for a huge amount of time.
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Linda it's interesting. Since I've gotten very busy and have been away from the house more and more, the problems I've been having with Milo have gotten much better. Knock on wood he's not been peeing in the house like he does when I'm here and he's just been out ten minutes before. Everyone is very happy to see me when I get home but there's not craziness or indication of any kind of anxiety at my absence. I think it's because they have each other.

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Hi Linda!

Like you, I was very nervous initially with leaving the boys for extended periods of time. I work an 8 hr day (with only a 10 min commute each way!), and I have a dogsitter who comes for an hour or 2 each afternoon (2 hrs if I know I will be late), and it has worked very well for us. The boys haven't exhibited any signs of anxiety, over-attachment etc.

Hugs to you and your crew!
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Well during the work week, my guys are alone from 7am to 5pm. That's 10hrs! They manage to hold their pee and poop til I get home. We go out for 30min at 6:30am, then again when I come home at 5pm for 60-90min at the off leash park. They mostly sleep during the day and play a bit. They are used to this routine.

No issues of anxiety or anything else. Granted when I come home it's like little mexican jumping beans all around me lol.

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I'm a clock watcher and only leave Stella for 4 hours at a time. However, she doesn't have a doggy door, food, water or a playmate. I think in your situation, I'd maybe have the sitter come and check on them once a day for 1/2 hour or so if that. It sounds like they have a great set up and I would probably be ok with leaving them alone for longer periods of time.

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Linda, I think when they are younger it is important. But it sounds like your trio has a great set up and the 45 minute walk is key not to mention each other. Now that they are 2 and 3 we leave the boys alone on Mondays (thinking they are tired out from the weekend) ... they are alone from about 9:30 til about 6 or 7p. On the days they are alone all day--DH takes them for an extra long walk. I usually work from home, wed and fridays and we have a sitter come for 30-45 minutes on tuesdays and thursdays. She comes at between 2-3 because I know that when I am home they sleep all morning til about 1.

I try to break up the week for them-- If I am working away from home more-- I add an 1/2 hour visit with the pet sitter. I don't think I could leave them alone every day but obviously it has not harmed bogart or brando any so it's what ever you feel comfortable with. I am sure they will be fine. But your pet sitter is going to miss the cushy 5 hour gigs.




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My friend's hav is home most days on her own for up to 8 hours. She stays in the kitchen with her toys, food and a pee pad. When Barb gets ready for work, Doodle follows her around and watches her bath, get dressed, eat breakfast, etc. Once Barb puts on her coat and grabs her purse, Doodle goes into her "area" all by herself and lays down. She knows the routine and is fine with it! Someone pointed out to me that dogs have no concept of time. I mean they don't know 4 hours from 8 hours. As long as they have food, water and a comfortable place to nap, they are fine!

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Thanks for the feedback! After reading everyones comments, now I feel better just having my pet sitter come in once a day for an hour. Seems like they lie around most of the time when I'm home anyway. Boy, they sleep a lot! Lately, I've been trying to figure out what they do when I'm gone. When I have a quick errand to run, I sit outside for a few minutes and listen for anxiety. When I get back, I assume I'd find them in the front room waiting for me to get home. Often, the boys come running out from the kitchen, which is in the back of the house. Bella is normally outside on the deck sunning herself. It's as if they were up to no good!
I've also heard that dogs can't tell time and hope that's true!
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Well during the work week, my guys are alone from 7am to 5pm. That's 10hrs! They manage to hold their pee and poop til I get home. We go out for 30min at 6:30am, then again when I come home at 5pm for 60-90min at the off leash park. They mostly sleep during the day and play a bit. They are used to this routine.

No issues of anxiety or anything else. Granted when I come home it's like little mexican jumping beans all around me lol.
I leave Cuba for about 10 hours a day too. I plan on getting another Hav as a playmate for him in February. Until then, I will take his to daycare twice a week to break up the monotony of being home by himself all day. If today, his first day at daycare, is any indication, he will tire himself out at daycare and sleep all evening.
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