Bernese Mountain dogs are large dogs that make great pets, but if you don’t have someone at home to keep them company when you’re at work, you might wonder if they can be left alone. Fortunately, these dogs usually do fine on their own for a short time, but keep reading as we look into how long is safe and provide several tips and tricks that you can use to help keep your dog calm and comfortable while you are away.
Can I Leave a Bernese Mountain Dog Home Alone?
Yes, a Bernese Mountain Dog can stay home alone for 3–5 hours at a time without a problem, but you may need to make arrangements if you need to be away longer than that, which means workdays can be problematic, especially if you can’t return home for lunch.
Why Do Bernese Mountain Dogs Have Trouble Being Alone for a Long Time?
You can’t leave a Bernese Mountain Dog alone for more than 5 hours because they start to suffer from separation anxiety. They form strong bonds with their owners and will quickly become distressed when they’re gone, which could turn into destructive behavior, like tearing apart the furniture or bedding or scratching and chewing on the wall. If outside, they usually turn to digging and frequent barking.
How Do I Know How Long My Bernese Mountain Dog Can Stay Alone?
Learning how long your Bernese Mountain Dog can stay home alone can be extremely helpful when you’re planning to go out. An easy way to find out is to leave your house for increasingly longer intervals. Start by being away for about 30 minutes, then increase it to 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, etc., while taking notes about your dog’s behavior when you return.
How Can I Help My Bernese Mountain Dog Be Happier When I’m Away?
Training can be a great way to help your Bernese Mountain Dog spend more time alone. Start by keeping the dog in a separate room or leaving the house briefly, then gradually increase the time that you are apart as your dog adjusts. The smaller the increment, the less your dog will notice.
Developing a routine can help your dog feel more comfortable about your absence. Try to do things in roughly the same order every time so your dog can learn your behavior. Your dog is much less likely to become concerned once they can depend on you returning at a specific time.
A great way to keep your Bernese Mountain Dog calm while you are gone is to hire a dog sitter. They can stay with the dog or provide them with a quick snack and attention until you return home.
Other Tips and Tricks to Try
Your Bernese Mountain Dog should be fine at home alone for 3–5 hours while you visit a friend or run errands. However, an 8-hour workday might be too stressful for this breed, so you will likely need to take extra steps to keep them happy. Training is an effective way to increase the amount of time that your dog can spend alone, and you can also leave out one of your shirts and turn on the radio to help them feel more comfortable. You can also hire someone to check on or stay with them while you are away.
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