English bulldogs, like all bulldogs, are known as “companion dogs.” This means that they love to be with their owners at all times. This can be difficult when you have a job that requires you to leave home or if your children are busy with school and activities. If you have an English bulldog, you may be wondering if it is okay for your dog to be left alone.
The short answer is yes. But there should be a few things to consider before leaving your dog alone. Because your dog is a companion dog, they may experience separation anxiety when left alone. These dogs thrive when they are being social, so being alone may be a bit of a challenge for them.
What type of training should my dog have before being left alone?
If you are going to leave your English bulldog home alone, there are some types of training that your dog should know beforehand.
Your dog should be fully potty trained before being left home alone. Work with your dog so that they have a routine and so that they know where it is okay for them to go to the bathroom.
Crate training your dog will be beneficial to both you and your dog in the long run. If your dog is crate trained, their crate will become a safe place for them to go when they are feeling stressed or anxious. If you fear that your dog will suffer from separation anxiety, a crate may offer them some peace of mind of a place where they can go and feel safe.
It is also good if your dog is not 100% consistent with knowing where to go to the bathroom. Dogs usually won’t go to the bathroom where they rest, so you can rest assured that they will likely not have any accidents while you are out if they are in their crate.
Trained to know which toys are for them- Dogs of all ages, but especially puppies, have a fondness of chewing things. Before you leave your dog home alone, make sure they understand what can be chewed- their chew toys- and what cannot be chewed- your shoes, the furniture legs, the couch pillows, ect.
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How can I get my English bulldog to be okay being home alone?
If possible, it is important to get your dog used to being home alone at a young age. Work with your puppy in small increments so they are not expected to be home alone for eight hours on the first try.
Start by having your puppy go into a safe area- a crate, a section of the house marked with baby gates, or a specific room- and give them a toy or treat and leave them there by themselves.
Still stay in your house, but go to another part. Start with one or two minutes when you are apart, and work your way up. When you return to your puppy after your time apart, make sure to give them lots of praise and a reward treat.
Once your puppy is comfortable being alone in a separate part of the house, leave them alone in the house (they can still stay in that safe area). You can just go outside for five or ten minutes, but remember to give them lots of praise when you return. Each time, make the period where you are apart last a bit longer than the time before.
How long can my English bulldog be left alone at a time?
For a puppy, they should only be left alone for two hours a day. Adult dogs can be left alone for up to six hours.
If you will be out of the house longer than that, it is a good idea to get a pet sitter or a dog walker who can take your pup out and give them some attention and love
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