Could I leave my dog home alone for 10 hours? just for 3 days while dh is away?

(74 Posts)
EleanorReally Thu 06-Jun-19 06:52:24

or should I try and take annual leave?
whats the max she can be left do you think
she is 6 JRT
actually 9 and a half hours

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dudsville Thu 06-Jun-19 06:53:32

Some will say that's fine. I don't think it is.

BiscuitDrama Thu 06-Jun-19 06:54:21

You’d be better to pay someone to come in at lunchtime than take AL I would think? Sounds way too long to leave her.

OliviaBenson Thu 06-Jun-19 06:54:46

Nope. Far too long. Could you work from home? Find a dog day care provider?

Pascha Thu 06-Jun-19 06:54:56

I wouldn't be keen. Can you get a dog walker in just for those days?

Stiffasaboard Thu 06-Jun-19 06:55:02

Absolute max here is 4 hours and I have a very calm dog.

It’s cruel.

Find a dog sitter or dog walker or one of the doggy day care places- everywhere has them nowadays and it’s usually only about £15 for a full day.

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EleanorReally Thu 06-Jun-19 06:57:17

I was thinking of finishing early but it might be more suitable to go in late, depends on the team.
That would probably be easier to ask for

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Medievalist Thu 06-Jun-19 06:57:23


embarrassedbymyhouse Thu 06-Jun-19 06:58:21

Definitely not, that's awful. Get someone to come in at lunchtime or take half days from work.

EleanorReally Thu 06-Jun-19 06:58:32

Or I could ask my neighbour <through gritted teeth wink>

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becca3210 Thu 06-Jun-19 07:00:11

Please get somebody to come in. I know it a cost but it is part of the responsibility of having a dog.

stucknoue Thu 06-Jun-19 07:00:23

Depends on the dog, mine would be fine as long as he's walked properly first thing, but he's a lazy creature who sleeps all day even when you are home, not for a young dog

IHeartArya Thu 06-Jun-19 07:00:41

I wouldn’t no. My SIL had to leave hers when FIL was unexpectedly taken ill in the night but it just added to her stress. Her InLaws were able to go & get the dogs later on & we’re fine but I just wouldn’t. I use a dog sitter if I’m going to be more than 4/5 hours. She charges £15. I would look into that.

Rootytoothy Thu 06-Jun-19 07:03:19

We’ve done this a few times when unavoidable but our dog is old and sleeps all day (when I ask someone to let him out at lunchtime they often have to lever him off the sofa!)
I don’t like doing it though-more in case something happened to him-I’d hate for him to get ill and no one be there for hours.

EleanorReally Thu 06-Jun-19 07:05:03

how about 6 hours for 3 days?

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Wolfiefan Thu 06-Jun-19 07:05:21

If you can hold on and not go to the toilet for that long then fine. Even if not walked someone need to let it in the garden at least once. A friend?

Rootytoothy Thu 06-Jun-19 07:07:22

6 would be fine here but how long is your last used to being left for?

EleanorReally Thu 06-Jun-19 07:09:51

She is very rarely left

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IHeartArya Thu 06-Jun-19 07:14:59

I would think 6 would be fine if walked before & after.

sueelleker Thu 06-Jun-19 07:15:15

We leave ours, but have a dog-flap with access to the back garden.

Sparklingfairylights Thu 06-Jun-19 07:18:03

In an emergency probably ok

Disfordarkchocolate Thu 06-Jun-19 07:19:52

Even our old dog who liked to nap most of the day would have made a mess. Could you work half days? Any nice teens in the area who would walk the dog straight after school?

EleanorReally Thu 06-Jun-19 07:22:02

the thing is i dont know if i would be allowed to take leave those particular days.
but think if i ask for coming in late it might be more acceptable, fingers crossed.
dont want to spend £45 on a dog walker

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SD1978 Thu 06-Jun-19 07:24:51

I do several times a week- no accidents or issues. It's not always possible to have someone come in, or let them out. The general consensus though seems to be that it's unreasonable. Depends on the dog I suppose. Neither of mine seem to have an issue with it, or be distressed by it

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