Is it okay to leave a puppy home for 6 hours?


6 hours during the day my puppy would be alone at home. Is this acceptable? I’m thinking of putting him in an exercise pen with food, water, toys, and a puppy pad. Or would crate training be better?

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5 Responses to “Is it okay to leave a puppy home for 6 hours?”

  1. Michael W says:

    NO you could quit your job or school and move with your puppy to a cardboard box under a bridge.

  2. *Star In The Sky* says:

    This is fine, You want to be able to leave your puppy so then he/she won’t be able to just depend on you, which leads to crying on nights when the puppy is not with you. Just make sure you leave the puppy some food and water and a place for the puppy to go to the toilet. I know it will be hard, it was for me too. But trust me, this will help to leave the puppy become more independent. 🙂

  3. KBD0503 says:

    No it is very important to take them out regularly to get them house broke.

  4. Kathleen says:

    You don’t say how old of a puppy.

    Puppy pads simply teach your puppy that it’s acceptable for it to relieve itself in the house.

    I truly don’t recommend this. Someone should be letting him out of his crate for exercise and housebreaking training.

  5. K9 says:

    Yes, 6 hours is OK but it should not be left alone any longer than that. The minute you get home, take your puppy outside to potty. Then ignore him for a while. Don’t get the puppy overly excited by calling its name and playing with it right away.

    It’s important that you don’t let the puppy make a big deal of your leaving and returning to the house. Allowing the puppy to do so can result to separation anxiety issues.

    Let the puppy get used to your leaving and returning to the house. Make it understand that your coming and going is a normal thing.

    To make sure your puppy doesn’t get bored the minute you leave him to himself, get him some Kong toys. Kong toys are toys that you can fill with treats or peanut butter or liver. He won’t be able to eat what’s inside right away. He’ll have to work for it before he can actually get what’s inside the toy. The toy is designed to keep dogs from getting bored.

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