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.