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How long can you leave a havanese ?

Hi someone my son knows is thinking of getting a havanese. They asked how long you can leave one for. Ive not left poppy more than 4 hours on her own and that was occasionally so not really sure. Can anyone one advise? thanks.
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Hi someone my son knows is thinking of getting a havanese. They asked how long you can leave one for. Ive not left poppy more than 4 hours on her own and that was occasionally so not really sure. Can anyone one advise? thanks.
This is a tricky question. First, it depends on how the dog is potty trained. If the dog can ONLY potty outdoors, I'd be reluctant to leave them longer than 6 hours or OCCASIONALLY stretch it to 8... IF you are lucky. And only with a fully adult, fully trustworthy animal. And then I'd feel bad that they were crossing their legs the whole time. (think how you'd feel if you couldn't use a bathroom for 8 hours!)

If the dog is trained to use an indoor potty, as mine are, you have a little more leeway. I do not recommend doing it except on an emergency basis, but when my husband had a heart attack, and I had to travel to the hospital he was in daily (out of state) I was away from home for 12-14 hours at a stretch for a week. I could not find dog care at short notice, but they were in my office, with fresh water, chew toys and a litter box. I'm sure they didn't love it, but none of us were having the best week ever. LOL! We all made it through.

So the next question is, "How often?" If this is once in a great while, in an emergency, the answer is as above. If this is for every day, or every WORK day, this is not acceptable. Then it is absolutely necessary that they get someone to come in and play with or walk the dog in the middle of the day as well as potty it. No dog, IMO, should be left home alone all day long on a regular basis. That is no life for a dog. The other possibility would be daycare of some sort. People who have to work outside the home full time also sometimes do that. But you have to be really careful arranging daycare with Havanese. Some are great, others are too rough-and-tumble for our little guys. If it were on a day-in-day-out basis, I wouldn't want to see an adult Havanese left alone for more than 4-5 hours. That would probably be pushing it for a puppy.


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Thankyou. I'm presuming they would be looking at a puppy at first. (It is practically impossible to find an adult havanese here).(uk) so definitely not toilet trained at first. It would be more of how long presumably would be ok if they were at work and no one at home. They want to make sure the havanese would be ok with them. I know the rspca recommends dogs are left a maximum of 5 hours by themselves. That is any breed of dog as far as I know but I believe havanese aren't good for long periods by themselves but how long is a long period as that is never said. My havanese is only left 31/2 by herself hours sometimes less as my son has half days in school sometimes and my other son works different hours each day so I've never had to leave her for long.

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Several families work or go to school full time and a Havanese still seems to be a good fit, but it requires planning. The key to that seems to be indoor potty training or other prearranged potty breaks, and training around leaving them home consistently from the beginning. I canít leave mine longer than 4 hours either, but he also doesnít use the indoor potty tray on his own, only if I put him on it during a storm and tell him to go. He can hold it for 6-8 hours or even longer, but mine gets stressed when heís alone and canít hold it as long when heís anxious.

Havanese love their families, so i also think it depends on the familyís life. I donít think full time work or school on itís own necessarily prevents a family from getting a Havanese. A lot depends on what happens the rest of the time.
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millymolly123, your baby is very cute! I echo what Karen has said. It sounds like youíre in our position with working from home or being with our dogs most of the time. There are breeds that do okay alone but not Havanese! Being that youíve had yours since at least 2016 Iím sure you know how people centered they are. Like Karen, we have 3 and I feel guilty leaving them for 3-4 hours at times. They donít care, itís my issue. The 15 year old wears a belly band. However, a puppy that is going to be alone without any of the additional measures Karen mentioned is not a good idea. We got our old guy when our Golden Retriever was 14.5 and a year later he died. They didnít play or interact much but JoJo did not take well to being home alone for 6 hours 3 times a week. I was already subbing for most of my sonís teachers but I had to switch my schedule so I could bring him with me. If the puppy is going to be home alone daily I would suggest a doggie cam. We do it with phones and tablets.
There are many people who think that preparing for a dog/puppy like it has the same needs as a humans is a bunch of hooey. However, Iíve never encountered that attitude on this forum.

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I would NEVER leave my Havanese alone regularly for any length of time for any reason. Given their social personality, it is just not fair to them. But that is just me (I'm cranky today - Ricky is helping me work through it). I think your friend should consider another breed of dog that would be more suitable.

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Thankyou for all your replies,they are,really helpful. I think the family want to make sure the dog they have is happy with them and not stressed. Poppy is 9 so its remembering what she was like as a puppy. I don't think we have indoor toilet training in the uk although a few people might use puppy pads thats generally something used before they are toilet trained. What is a belly band ive not heard if it.
Poppy is definitely people centered she even goes up to strangers,and puts her head up for a stroke. Of course,a treat is always good too and if you have a picnic well poppy just knows that is meant for her!

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Thankyou. I'm presuming they would be looking at a puppy at first. (It is practically impossible to find an adult havanese here).(uk) so definitely not toilet trained at first. It would be more of how long presumably would be ok if they were at work and no one at home. They want to make sure the havanese would be ok with them. I know the rspca recommends dogs are left a maximum of 5 hours by themselves. That is any breed of dog as far as I know but I believe havanese aren't good for long periods by themselves but how long is a long period as that is never said. My havanese is only left 31/2 by herself hours sometimes less as my son has half days in school sometimes and my other son works different hours each day so I've never had to leave her for long.

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I was very attached to Henry and even being away for him for 4 hours Iíd be itching to get back to him.
So 4 hours.
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I was very attached to Henry and even being away for him for 4 hours Iíd be itching to get back to him.
So 4 hours.
I am the same way...after four hours I have to get back to the fur babies. And it is very rare that they are left that long.
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