Dogs are sensitive creatures that have emotions and feelings, just like humans. They can feel happy and also sad, so it is important to know how to treat them properly.
When bringing a dog home for the first time, it is important to take into account and understand certain important aspects.
One of them is the fact of how sad and stressed the canine could feel when it is left alone at home for long periods of time. These animals are like children, that is, they can feel scared and sad when their owners have left the house for a few hours.
Understanding our dog’s personality will help us care for it properly and provide it with the lifestyle it deserves. In this article, we will refer to the Pugs.
Is It Advisable to Leave a Pug Alone at Home?
The answer is no! It is true that many people have busy schedules, but that is not the fault of the canines. These animals can have a hard time if left home alone for a long time. The main reason is that they suffer from separation anxiety.
Separation anxiety is a very common disorder in these animals that manifests itself when they are left alone for several hours without receiving any kind of human attention or entertainment. Pugs and other dogs can develop destructive behaviours if they feel abandoned.
If a Pug puppy is not house trained, it may not be able to tell that you are not abandoning it when you leave the house. It is important to train your dog properly so that it knows that you will be going to work and that you will be back soon.
How Long Can I Leave a Pug Alone?
In the previous point, we commented that Pugs should not be left alone at home. That’s not true at all!
Although it is not recommended to leave a dog of this breed alone for many hours, that does not mean we cannot do it for short periods.
Remember that dogs are just like humans, that is, the younger they are, the more emotionally sensitive they are. Therefore, we can say that the amount of time that we can leave a Pug home alone will largely depend on its age.
For example, keep in mind that puppies around 4 or 5 months of age do not yet have full control over their bladders and bowels. Similarly, they may still be in the process of potty training. Obviously, a Pug of that age cannot be left for more than 1 or 2 hours.
Many people leave their Pugs alone at home for more than 8 hours regardless of their age or whether they have received training or not.
Leaving a Pug alone for more than 8-10 hours a day will cause serious emotional problems. In fact, if you want to leave such a dog at home for 6 hours or more, you will have to train it well so that it knows that you will come home at some point in the day.
Many experts recommend not leaving a Pug home alone for more than 4 hours if it has not been properly trained.
Remember that not all Pugs will be the same, so two Pugs of the same age may not be able to stay home alone for the same amount of time.
That is because the age of these canines is not the only parameter that we must take to know how long they can stay alone. Some others are:
- Anxiety levels: Like people, some Pugs may feel more nervous and anxious than others in certain situations.
- Training: Training is essential to create more independence in our Pugs as well as make them understand that we will return home no matter what.
The following table will clarify this point a little better:
|Between 8 and 10 weeks||1|
|Between 2 and 3 months||2|
|More than 4 months||3-4|
|More than 18 months||5-8|
How Can I Help My Pug Reduce Separation Anxiety?
If you love your dog, surely you do not want it to suffer in your absence. We don’t want to see our Pugs sad because they are home alone.
If we are busy people who spend a lot of time away from home for work reasons, then we have to act appropriately and take the necessary measures so that our pets do not feel sad in our absence.
Hire a Dog Sitter
One of the most effective but, at the same time, more expensive options is to hire a dog sitter. Hiring one person to spend as much time as necessary with your Pug while you’re away is the best way to prevent it from suffering from separation anxiety.
A dog sitter will feed your pet at the right times, exercise it, play with it, train it, walk it, etc.
You have to make sure you hire a responsible person as there are many who call themselves “dog sitters” who offer a lousy service.
Take Your Pug to Doggy Daycare
Another interesting option is to enrol your Pug in a dog daycare where it can spend several hours while you work. It is not necessary to take your pet every day to this place. You can simply choose a few days to reduce the amount of time your Pug is left alone per week.
Unlike a dog sitter, the daycare offers us an extra benefit as it will be a pleasant place where our Pugs can socialise with other canines of the same or different breeds.
Come Home at Lunchtime
This is a more complex option, especially if you live in a place far from your office or work. However, this is a great idea if you work close to home.
When it’s time for lunch, you can go home to eat. That way, your Pug will be excited to see you after being alone all morning. You can take advantage of this time to play with your pet, allow it to relieve itself in the backyard, and give it enough attention.