How much isolation a dog can and should endure are two different things. How much time does your dog spend home alone? Is your dog experiencing isolation distress?
Few people today would admit to leaving their dogs home alone for 24 or 48 hours or more, but leaving the dog home for 10 to 12 hours is not at all uncommon and questioning this practice can sometimes lead to social ridicule. If an owner decides that after being gone all day, shed rather not confine her dog or leave him alone for an additional few hours in the evening, she might be met with less-than-understanding responses. Youre not coming out because you want to be home with your dog? Thats crazy! Youre letting your dog control your life!