It’s amazing to have a new puppy at home, but it also means a lot of changes in your routine. Your job and social lives will have to adjust to accommodate your puppy’s needs. Puppies require a lot of attention, exercise, and socialization. 

You will definitely need some help in the first three months if you are working full time and also have a dog at home. Consider hiring a compassionate pet sitter or in-home daycare provider.

Dog Alone

You don’t have to be with your puppy all of the time. It’s not harmful or dangerous to leave them home alone for short periods; in fact, they must learn to some separation from you.

How long will your puppy be able to “hold it”?

Adult dogs need to pee three to five times each day on average; Puppies, on the other hand, require considerably more frequent breaks!

Dogs usually can hold up to one hour on a per month basis. For example, your dog is three months old then he can wait three hours to pee.  The following are some usual time limits for pups of various ages:

  • Eight to ten weeks: one hour or less. Puppies this young can’t contain their urine for more than an hour, and that’s pushing it! You can begin crate training at this age, but you shouldn’t put a small puppy in a crate for long periods because they will pee their bed (a lot!)
  • Ten to twelve weeks: Although bladder capacity is improving, most puppies can only retain it for two hours at this time.
  • 3–6 month period: Consider the one-hour-per-month guideline at this point. Puppies aged three months can wait three hours, four months old pet can wait four hours, and so on.
  • After six months: An older puppy, like most adult dogs, can hold it for up to six hours.

Of course, the above figures may vary depending on the puppy’s size, health, and habits. However, any dog compelled to retain its urine for an extended period is dangerous to develop a urinary tract infection, stones, or crystals. Plus, keeping pee for an extended period is inconvenient and might lead to accidents.

Dog Alone

How Long Can a dog Be Left Alone in a Crate?

Do you have any questions on how to crate train a dog or how long you should keep your puppy alone in the crate? 

Crate training is essential—but do it slowly at first. Treats should be used to introduce your dog to the crate for the first time, and the box should not be closed. Instead, allow them to play in and around the crate. Then gradually increase to 10–15 minute intervals of crate time, maintaining these small intervals until your dog has adjusted.

Allow your puppy to be alone in the crate for longer periods as they become accustomed to it. Your dog will eventually become at ease there.

While crate training, you’ll want to be at home; don’t leave a young dog alone in a crate for the whole workday. (For an older dog, this would be a long time!) When they’re not confined, make sure to lavish attention and love on your new family member.

Best way to train a pet to manage Alone

First and foremost, your dog must learn to let you go and return without making a huge deal out of it. As endearing as he misses you so much in such a short period, his conduct is unhealthy for him. Following is the checklist on training your dog to leave alone.

  • Give Him or Her Something to Do
  • Limit the Number of Problem Areas They Can Access
  • Protect Your Most Vulnerable Family Member
  • Call in the Experts When You Need To
  • Tire Your Dog Out First
  • Give Your Dog Some Comfort
  • Be Realistic With Your Lifestyle

Just because your dog is at home alone doesn’t mean he has to be bored out of his wits. There are numerous ways to keep your dog entertained and interested even when you are not present.

To begin, exhausting your dog before leaving the house is a smart idea. Taking him for a walk or a run beforehand ensures that he will sleep through your absence and will be unaware that you are gone.

Get your dog toys that require him to utilize his imagination to solve problems. There are many puzzle-like sets available for dogs, some of which include a food reward or treat when he solves them. This is the type of positive reinforcement your dog requires to remain engaged even when you are not present. It’s also beneficial to his brain development.

Slowly and progressively increase your dog’s available space until he has proven himself trustworthy enough to be given access to the entire house. Begin with his container, then move on to a fenced-in area, a room, and then your home. You can let him make himself at home while you’re gone as long as he doesn’t cause any trouble.