The ideal approach to company for your puppy or dog.
Dogs are very social animals, so they do not like to be left alone. Dogs need plenty of company and it is important that they are not routinely left on their own for more than four hours a day, depending on age. Adequate care and provision should be provided for a pet dog when the owner goes on holiday.
Do dogs need a companion?
Dogs are very social animals meaning they don’t like to be alone – but you should think carefully about the time and money needed to care for more than one dog. A single dog needs plenty of human company and it’s important that they aren’t routinely left on their own for more than four hours a day.
How long can I leave my dog alone for?
Dogs shouldn’t routinely be left alone for more than four hours. Boredom can cause dogs to bark or be destructive in the house.
Who should care for my dog if I go on holiday?
If you go on holiday, you need to arrange for someone responsible to care for your dog. Dogs can be booked into kennels or, alternatively, a friend or professional “pet-sitter” could look after them. Well-run kennels won’t allow dogs to board if they haven’t been vaccinated, so make sure you check your dog’s vaccinations are up to date well in advance.
If a friend or “pet-sitter” is looking after your dog while you’re away, make sure they know about your pet’s requirements. Leave them a list of information, such as how much food and exercise your pet needs, any medication they might be on and how to give it, and your vet’s contact details for emergencies.