Can I have a dog if I work part time? Here’s What to Do Next

Can You Leave a Dog Alone While You Work?

This question is often asked on dog forums, and the person posing it is normally shot down in flames with the response that dogs need their humans available 24 hours a day, and leaving a dog alone for more than a couple of hours would amount to animal cruelty.

So it would appear that dog ownership should be left in the hands of the unemployed, the stay-at-home-housewife or househusband, people who work from home, or the rich who have independent means of support.

The poor person who must work all their lives to earn a living has to wait until they are in their sixties and retired before they can own their own pooch—and at that point may not even be able to enjoy or cope with the antics of a puppy (and may be refused a rescue dog).

But many people do work full time, and have well-behaved, beloved, and cared for pets—although they might whisper this as though its some secret habit that has to be hidden.

How Long Can You Leave a Dog Alone for?

While this depends on the breed and age of your dog, a well-trained dog can be left alone for about eight hours. However, it is not recommended that you leave your dog alone for that long.

What Are the Best Dog Breeds for Someone Who Works All Day?

Some dog breeds are better than others when it comes to leaving them alone and without human contact for hours on end. Dog breeds such as border collies and Labradors are active breeds that need constant stimulation. Leaving them alone for long periods is not a good idea. There are some dog breeds that are perfectly content to be left alone, and these are your best bet when it comes to owning a dog while working full-time.

They Are Going To Feel A Bit Lonely

Most pets generally like to be around people, especially their owners! If your pet is home alone all day long, they might start to feel a bit lonely or depressed (this is another reason why youll want to be careful with certain breeds of dogs and cats). Even if your pet doesnt need to be taken out during the day, you might want to hire someone to do it anyway just so they dont get too depressed.

Should I Get A Puppy If I Work Full Time

Have you thought about getting a dog but are worried about how a pet would be affected by the long hours you’re at the office? Today we’re talking about how to get a dog when you work all the time — you can definitely make it work as long as you stay realistic and plan ahead!

If you’ve got a dog at home and have a busy schedule with long hours, how have you made it work? Have you made any mistakes or learned any lessons to pass on to readers who are considering getting a dog themselves?