When it comes to our dogs, it can be really hard to leave them at home when they look up at us with those big, sad eyes. But, as much as it would be lovely to spend every minute of the day with them, sometimes it's just not practical.
So, when we have to leave our dogs home alone, bearing in mind that they are animals who need lots of love, affection, food and water, how long is it actually safe to leave them for?
Tamsin Durston, head coach at , told that dogs should not be left alone for more than three or four hours. But the timing does also depend on the breed of dog.
"Just like humans, some are fine being left alone and some need more company," explained Tamsin. "So it really depends on the individual, and if it's been trained to be alone since being a puppy."
Training your dog to be independent from an early age means they can deal much better with being left alone. It is a gradual process that needs to be done in stages, rather than just suddenly leaving your pooch alone for hours.
Walking them before you leave the house is a good idea as they will feel more tired and able to rest. Dog toys are also useful for keeping occupied in your absence.
In short, it's not fair to leave a dog for longer than four hours. If you have to, either yourself, a friend or a dog walker should break-up the time and give them a nice walk and an affectionate pat in the middle of the day.