Posted 7 months ago ago
There are many reasons a dog can make your life more fun filled and they end up being important members of the family.
Dogs can live between ten and 20 years, so it’s a huge commitment and they need lots of love, attention and walking.
So unless you are lucky to work from home, can take your pet pooch to your workplace, or don’t work, then your doggy friend could be left unattended for long periods of time.
Therefore, if you work long hours there is a lot to consider when choosing the type of dog you are going to get.
Breeds such as German Shepherds, Bichon Frise, Labrador retrievers and Jack Russell Terriers often suffer from separation anxiety so should be avoided.
The ideal dog is one that doesn’t mind entertaining itself for long periods or needs less exercise – so active dogs are a no-no, as are puppies, which need much more attention.
You can train your dog to stay home alone and some cope better than others, but it is not advisable to leave them for more than around four hours at a time regardless of the breed.
If you do get a dog then you need to be organised - walk them before you leave, ensure it has plenty of interactive toys and feeders.
You could even hire a dog walker or dog sitter to ensure it gets some human interaction while you are gone.
Leaving a dog along for long periods is not great for its health or your relationship as they may get stressed out or bored and destroy your cushions, sofas or more and may even go to the toilet where they should not.
The Dogs Trust says to really think before getting a dog if you are away from home a lot.
“Dogs are social animals and as a general rule, are happiest and content when they are with their family groups,” it said.
“Most dogs just need a bit of company and fuss to keep them happy, so leaving them on their own for a long time is not fair on any of them
“Because many dogs bond strongly to their owners, they can become very insecure and anxious when their owners leave them.
“They can also become very bored, especially if they are left for long periods of time, and this can lead to all sorts of problems.”
So if you are set on getting a pet pooch, here are the best choices –
Although quick little dogs, they are active in short bursts, which means they are more likely to be happier left for longer periods without exercise or stimulation, as they sleep a lot.
Perhaps get a pair so they can keep each other company, but make sure you take them out at the end of the day to burn of any excess energy.
This small breed does need a fair bit of attention, but less exercise so will probably sleep a fair bit and only need a couple of short walks each day.
They are also fairly quiet and mellow, so won’t annoy the neighbours by barking all day if left alone.
This small dog is fairly happy at home as it is not very active, although you may want two to keep each other company as they do much better in pairs.
However, be sure to give them lots of attention when you get home.
Top sleepers, Basset Hounds are one of the best breeds to leave at home, where it will snooze away the day waiting for your return.
Just expect them to creep onto your lap to catch some zzzzs when you get home.
Unlikely to do any damage out of boredom or frustration when you are not at home, the Maltese is more likely to sleep all day.
They also don’t need a lot of exercise and rarely suffer separation anxiety, but will greet you with gusto when you get home.
These may be large, but these gentle dogs will be happy to lounge around much of the day.
However if you have a smaller home or apartment, then it is not advisable due to their size.
A tiny dog, this is a pretty good dog to own if you are out a lot as they are less active than many other breeds.
They do need daily exercise and like a good bit of affection, but you can meet their needs at the end of the day.
A fairly inactive breed, the Shar Pei are pretty happy at home for longer periods than other breeds.
Once trained, you should be fine to leave it for extended time.
A breed that doesn’t need a lot of attention, the Chow Chow may be an ideal dog if you work long hours.
Another one that doesn’t need huge amounts of exercise.
The breed may be large, but they are pretty easy going, not requiring a lot of attention of exercise. Just take them for a short walk each day.
They are also very loyal and will guard your house while you are gone.
You may think greyhounds need a lot of work, but they actually spend a lot of time sleeping!
You should make sure you take them out when you get back and give them lots of attention and cuddles though.
A small dog which doesn’t mind being left alone for much of the day, they like nothing better than a comfy place to take a nap.
They do have bursts of energy though so daily walks would be required.
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