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Maybe you have a demanding job that requires you to put in long hours or perhaps one that entails a lot of traveling. What happens to your dog, then? Not only do you agonize over his sad puppy face, you worry about the furniture being intact when you return home too. Subtracting the guilt that pet parents feel when they have to leave their four legged friends alone for long, chewed up shoes and scratched door faces are a gaping reality they have to face. While some dogs take a nap or go about some mischief while you’re gone, others suffer from terrible separation anxiety that goads them into destructive behavior. Adult house-trained dogs can be left alone for hours provided their needs are satisfied. They wait for their owners in patience if there is food and water accessible to them in the meanwhile and they’ve been exercised before being left to themselves.
Some dog breeds seem to handle being alone rather well. These are generally intelligent and find a way to entertain themselves in their owner’s absence. Such breeds tend to be independent and fast learners.
“Home Alone” Breeds
- The Bull Terrier has the instinct of a guard dog and won’t mind being left alone at your house. Instead of feeling abandoned in your absence, it will feel responsible for the security of the house.
- The Basset Hound is low on energy and loves to laze around. It is comparatively low on anxiety when compared to other breeds and do not show signs of mood swings. You can trust the interiors of your home with your Basset Hound.
- Shar-Pei, originally bred to be a herding dog, guard dog and hunting dog are quiet and reserved in nature. They can be difficult to train but if done so properly will know to respect your home-rules when left alone.
- Golden Retrievers that are in their adulthood and senior ages take immensely well to being left alone. In fact, you can even train them to enjoy their time alone by gradually introducing alone time to them.
- Beagles, too, do not fret if their owner leaves them be for a while. They need a certain amount of reassurance that their owner will return to them and that is enough to keep them satisfied.
- Chow Chows are intelligent and independent dogs that perform well as guard dogs. Their independent nature ensures that they do not feel ill at ease if left home without their owner.
Most dogs are at a risk of separation anxiety if their owner leaves them alone for too long. They need to be trained to be accepting of time alone. While it is okay to leave home without your dog, one must ensure that the dog isn’t left by himself for more than 8 hours.