When your family is busy running here, there, and everywhere, you may not always be able to take your pup along on every adventure. I am fortunate enough to work from home where our Chiweenie gets to nip lovingly at my feet under my desk all day long, but not every dog owner is so lucky. It is often necessary to leave Fido at home during the work day or while you run errands, so having one of these eight dog breeds you can leave alone in the house may be ideal for busy families.
Regardless of the breed you choose, according to Terri Bright, Ph D and Director of Behavior Services at MSPCA Angell in Boston, thinking in terms of a dog's activity level and size, as well as understanding the need to socialize a puppy prior to 12 weeks of age, plays into how your dog will behave when home alone. Dr. Bright, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, tells Romper that understanding why a dog may act a certain way, and encouraging proper training, is also important in helping make sure that your dog behaves while home alone.
"I recommend any owner make a prediction about how their dog will behave when home alone; if they can’t predict what will happen, arrange the environment so that the dog and the furniture stay safe by leaving food toy puzzles for the dog to interact with in lieu of meals," Bright tells Romper. "Owners can even use a webcam at first to see what the dog is doing when alone. Crate training is great for dogs, and giving them food toys in their crate can keep them safe when alone. However, a dog with separation anxiety should not be crated, and should be seen by a veterinary behaviorist or Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist."
Knowing which kind of dog will be best for your family is a very personal choice, but understanding how a dog may behave when left alone can help you make an educated choice. Although there are absolutely no guarantees about how a dog may react without human supervision, these eight dog breeds are ones you could consider if you'll have to leave your dog at home alone based on their average temperament and need for interaction.