Do you think a Boston Terrier would be ok being Left Alone for 7 hours per Day?


Here is a Question from Amy Fuller asking if a Boston Terrier would be ok being Left Alone for 7 hours per Day.

“Hi there! I wonder if you could help me? I have been a Boston terrier lover for as long as I can remember!! My husband is also a great lover of them. We both love how loyal and friendly they can be. We have been waiting a long time to get one. We don’t have children but have a nice big house and big garden where it can run around.

Only one thing has stopped us from getting one! We both work. We both work locally so going home for lunch is no problem what so ever. And I was also thinking of dropping the dog off to doggy daycare mid week so he can play with other dogs for the day. Other than that we have all the time in the world. All our weekends are free as are our evenings.

My question to you is do you think a Boston would be ok being left alone some days (7 hours max with an hour gap midway through)? As the only way we can have this dog and spoil it is to go out to work and earn! I know there are very mixed views about this. But as a Boston fan can you give me any advice as I would never want to bring a pup into an environment It would be sad in. Thanks for taking the time to read this! Amy”

Do you think a Boston Terrier would be ok being Left Alone for 7 hours per Day?

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48 Comments on "Do you think a Boston Terrier would be ok being Left Alone for 7 hours per Day?"

Joaquin Espinosa
May 6, 2014

i work from 9 to 4 and so does my gf and Sunny sits in my room until one of us gets home around 4:30 but we make up for all that time by being with him all day and giving him extra love. He is only a month old and hes already a smart puppy. He sleeps with us n knows almost everything i try telling him. Maybe i just have a good puppy dog

March 26, 2014

I think if you come home and give a break in the day it is manageable but not the best. I think it is difficult for Bostons to be alone … I suppose you have to imagine yourself being alone for 7 hours … its okay but not great. But you also have to work and so I think to have lunch at home is a great idea … or a friend for your bostie … Ag they difficult little guys but you got to love them.

Natalia Forero M
March 26, 2014

I have a 3 year old Boston Terrier, I got him while I was on my vacation and I spent every day for 3 weeks with him, they are really smarts dogs, I potty trained him in just few days. I work and being home alone is part of his routine, I worried a lot of leaving him until one day I came home early than expected and I look thru the window to see what he was doing, he was playing by himself with his favorite ball and running all over the house, he is a happy dog. That day I came to the conclusion Bostons are not only great entertainers for people they are for themselves. You would have to teach your dog to be independent, mine behaves really well, he does not break or chew on furniture. Bostons are wonderful companion dog but also can be alone and enjoy it, I know mine does, you can get a dog and make him as happy as it would make you, just don’t forget to spent quality time with your dog every day, we play every morning and afternoon, I walk him 2 or 3 times a day.

Maria E. Hayhow
March 26, 2014

My Boston Terrier, Summit, is now 10months old and stays at home from around 9-5PM. When I first received Summit (at 8 weeks) I was working from home and spent literally every minute with him around. This was great for training and acquainting him with the world, but he did develop separation anxiety when i would leave. It also helped to reward his potty training and monitor potential accidents. He learned how to alert me when he needed to go (pawing, running in a circle).

I took him to a doggy day care, where he played with other dogs and got some attention from a trainer. She even did a promotional video with him, where she notes his barking while left alone. Luckily, all is now resolved in regards to his separation anxiety.

Summit gets a run in the morning and after I get home from work. He loves cuddling with his toys while I am gone (get plenty of toys and varieties).

I heard somewhere that for every month the dog is, is about how long they can ‘hold it’ in hrs. Obviously capping at a certain point.

Seems like you are on the right track, Daycare once a week is great for socialization and plenty of exercise. Long hikes or runs on the weekends help too. Summit loves being a bum on Mondays and definitely anticipates Fridays! Lunch breaks with a pup are also awesome : )

Summit in Training:
(Stay and drop it are crucial to BT behavior and play time fun, in my opinion)

March 25, 2014

I have a BT and we try to avoid leaving him alone for extended time; 5 hours is the max. but if i know that we will be away from home longer, I have a dog walker come by the house and take him out for a stroll. I usually find him sleeping on the couch when i get home from work. Also if it’s raining or snowing outdoors he won’t want to go out anyway so leaving him alone for up to 8 hours is fine as he just sleeps. He has plenty of toys and I hide treats around the living room that he can find when he gets bored. I’ve wanted to get him a companion but can’t afford to get a second dog right now. BT’s are very attached to their owners and like to be part of the pack. I DON’T like to leave my BT alone at home and it breaks my heart that I cannot bring him to work with me but unfortunately this is reality. I more than make up for it with lots of hugs and kisses and long walks to the dog park. On occasion my BT gets upset that my partner I leave him alone to out for dinner in the evening or to a party and so when we come home, we see a bit of a mess in the living room i.e. shoes scattered around or something chewed up. This doesn’t happen often but we know that he is upset with us when it does happen. Dogs do have feelings and they do experience loneliness. If you do decide to get a dog, you need to give it a lot of thought and have a plan developed.

March 25, 2014

My Boston is going to be 8 this may and of course I have to work and cannot take him with me during the day. I feel that when I am home and busy during the day he loves to sleep and that is what he does when I am gone for the day. He is a very happy dog and gets to play when I come home and go for walks and dog park , he never chewed anything or destroyed anything, maybe I am lucky to have such a good dog. But I feel the love you show them when you get home is more than dogs without a home and I know he is truly grateful for this. If you can train your dog to be ok throughout the day I think they are fine left alone.

March 25, 2014

The only problem I have with my boston home alone is….I cannot make my bed when I leave home because when I get home it totally looks slept in……LOL

Pamela Eaker
February 27, 2014

I am almost afraid to post here! We all get kinda’ ‘heated’ when it comes to our kids (Boston Terrier) but the long and short of is…we don’t WANT to leave our dogs but MOST people HAVE to work and very few places allow you to bring your dog to work so we must do something else. I was lucky enough to spend 5 years 24/7 with our first little doll but circumstances have changes and now I am working again. When there was 1 dog, they had free run of the house. Now there is my B. T. And a boxer (108 pounds) I adore them both and 2 dogs can get into a lot of trouble! So they have matching crates. They love their crates. I say” go get in your little house” and they run in and sit and smile at me. They have beds and toys and are very comfy. The moment I get hone they go out to potty. The crate doors is are always open when I am home and often they go n there to nap or play. It is their own person space….just like a child will play in his room. It is not a bad thing and people who have to work should not be made to feel guilty by the luckier few who can be with their babies. My heart LONGS to be with my little ones the whole time I am away.

April Tweddell
February 27, 2014

Way cute!