Leaving Your Chihuahua Home Alone

There's always time for a nap.

People Sometimes Have to Work

Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to spend 24 hours a day with your dog. People tend to have to work during the day in order to support their dog’s many needs. People also do errands and go out for entertainment purposes without their canine companions. Shocking, I know.

In truth, we dogs occasionally like having a little time to ourselves. It gives us a chance to catch up on naps and play with our toys without constantly having to entertain our human caretakers.

Do You Suffer from Separation Anxiety?

I know my daddy has separation anxiety when he has to leave me alone. We’re both lucky in that he works at home and so he almost never leaves. Help.

Actually I do like having him there. But I save my energy for when my other daddy comes home from work. Then I have three or four hours of fetch to contend with.

Even Chihuahuas Need Some Alone Time

Most dogs get to nap all day long. I have to go on three long walks every day. I show my displeasure by dragging my little feet. I secretly smile when I see my daddy’s frustration with me. Occasionally he’ll pick me up for part of the walk.

But hey, I don’t put a harness on him and pull him from a comfy bed to go out and walk. They made indoor piddle pads for a reason.

Alleviate Boredom for Your Lonely Chihuahua

If you do have to leave your little dog at home alone, make sure they have plenty of toys and chewies to play with so they are not bored. Keep the TV remote accessible (kidding). Don’t forget water. A few snacks would be nice too.

If your dog is anxious and destructive or barks continually, you may want to invest in a dog walker to help with the boredom. You could take your Chihuahua to day care, but I for one would hate that. I prefer my home environment.

For additional helpful information read Reducing Separation Anxiety in Your Chihuahua from Dummies.com

Comments

  1. Glad you enjoyed Lucy’s article. Leaving her home alone even for a few hours always gives me separation anxiety, while she just sleeps.

  2. Hello THanks alot for this information I just got a chihuahua and shes 3 months old and I thought I could bring her to work but it turns out I can’t. So im very worried about leaving her alone. Im thinking of just puppy proofing my room and leaving food out for her. I think she will jsut sleep all day anyways and halfway through the day My mother can come and let her out to pee and say Hi. So do u think this will be okay for her or should i consider an alternitave?

  3. I know it is very difficult to leave your little Chihuahua home alone. I work at home and Lucy is almost always with me. Yet when I leave her alone for more than a few hours I worry.

    Mostly your Chihuahua will just sleep. You’re probably okay with puppy proofing. I would give your Chi some toys to play with as well as some sort of safe bone to chew on. There are also toys like the “Kong” where you can hide a treat and this gives your puppy something to do, figuring out how to get the treat.

    I keep a few piddle pads out for Lucy, even though she’s now two years old. She has been trained to use them if she has to. But mostly I walk her to do her business. If she does have to go potty at night or when alone she can and it’s not a problem.

    Walking your dog a lot is good for the exercise and to help get rid of all the energy they have. Another option is to get another dog to keep your first one company!

  4. Hi, i am staying at apartment with my husband, he work all day and i am not working and i plan to have chis puppy to company me, but after summer i am going to take some classes so i will have to leave my puppy home alone. Could you tell me how long maximum hour we can leave them home alone with their toys ,food& water ? (i will keep the tv on while i am away)

  5. I would say 3-4 hours would be a long time for the Chihuahua. Unless they also have a place to go to the bathroom. Even if there is a bathroom/piddle pad handy, they do get lonely if left alone for too long and could become bored and destructive.

    Some people have to leave their dogs alone all day while they work. If that’s the case, coming home at lunch would help or getting someone to walk the Chihuahuas during the day can relieve the boredom.

    Taking your Chi on a long walk before leaving them alone would help tire them out so they will sleep when you are gone. Hope that helps.

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