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Is it ok to leave your dog alone during the day?

It is generally safe to leave a well-trained, healthy dog at home alone during the day while you are at work or away from home.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when leaving a dog alone at home:

Provide plenty of food and water: Make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water, shade, cover from the weather and enough food to last the day. If you’re going to be gone for an extended period, consider using a timed feeder to dispense food at set intervals.

Provide a safe and comfortable environment: Your dog should have a comfortable place to rest, such as a dog bed or crate. Make sure the area is clean and free of hazards that could cause injury.

Provide mental stimulation: Leave some toys or puzzle feeders for your dog to play with. This can help keep them occupied and prevent boredom or destructive behavior.

Take your dog for a walk before you leave: A tired dog is less likely to get into trouble or become anxious while you’re away. Make sure your dog gets enough exercise and mental stimulation before you leave for the day.

Consider hiring a dog walker: If you’re going to be gone for an extended period, consider hiring a dog walker to come and take your dog for a walk and provide some company.

Set up wifi surveillance cameras (these are widely and economically available at stores such as Kmart) to monitor your dog while you are not home. 

If its likely that you will be leaving your dog alone for extended periods of time, start this routine early with your puppy to ensure that you prevent separation anxiety at times when you have to leave. 

It’s important to note that every dog is different, and some may not do well being left alone for extended periods. It’s important to assess your dog’s individual needs and behavior and make adjustments as needed. If you have concerns about leaving your dog alone, consider talking to a veterinarian or a professional dog trainer for guidance.