Suppose you recently adopted a Bull Terrier, or you are considering adopting a Bull Terrier soon. You may be curious as to what you need to do to game plan for leaving your Bull Terrier home alone for work or other obligations.
It is a reasonable concern to have, and it is good initial research on your end to figure out the answers to these questions now.
Can Bull Terriers be left alone?
Yes, Bull Terriers can be left alone. Bull Terrier puppies need to be crated when left home alone and not left for more than 4 hours when possible. As your Bull Terrier learns basic obedience and potty training, you can increase the duration of time that you leave your Bull Terrier home alone.
You also have other concerns and issues that you need to understand when discussing how often you can leave a Bull Terrier home alone, such as separation anxiety and precautions you need to take.
While Bull Terriers certainly make good house pets, this initial homework you are doing will make your life much easier.
The rest of this brief discussion is designed to break this information down for you today, and here is how I intend to layout that information for you today:
- Leaving Your Bull Terrier Home Alone
- How Long Can Bull Terriers Be Left Alone?
- Do Bull Terriers Get Separation Anxiety?
- Bull Terriers Can Be Left Alone, But Implement Best Practices
Leaving Your Bull Terrier Home Alone
This question is one of the most common questions that come up with any dog breed.
Bull Terriers are obviously no different in this regard.
While highly affectionate dogs, it is still essential to understand how to accommodate your Bull Terrier to avoid home belongings being damaged and avoid separation anxiety issues.
As a brief overview, I want to give you a breath of fresh air and inform you that it is 100% possible to leave your Bull Terrier home alone.
Yes, even after the initial adoption.
However, when it comes to the duration of time you can leave a Bull Terrier home alone, you have a lot you need to understand based on your Bull Terrier’s current age, current potty-training status, and even your work schedule.
I want to start diving into those details next.
How Long Can Bull Terriers Be Left Alone?
We can now start diving into the specifics about how long you can leave your Bull Terrier home alone.
As I mentioned previously, the reasons for you needing to leave your Bull Terrier home alone may vary.
Common examples that come to mind include situations such as the following:
- Work Schedule (8-12 Hours)
- Running Errands (1-3 Hours)
- Vacation (Up To 1 Week)
All these examples clearly have different actions you should take, and the age of your Bull Terrier also makes a difference before knowing precisely what the best path could be.
Trust me, I understand the anxiety you may be having with this situation, and I went through the same frustrations with my own Terrier.
For Bull Terriers, it is essential to understand that they are active dogs and like to move and find something to do.
In the backyard, you may notice issues such as digging without having other active things they can do.
In the home, it may be chewing that becomes an issue.
When your Bull Terrier is a puppy, this will make it even more imperative to implement crate training if you are going to leave them home alone.
I get it, it is tough watching your new dog be sad inside of the crate, and you feel terrible about it, but it is 100% recommended and the best thing you can do for your dog in this situation.
For a Bull Terrier puppy, I recommend crate training and going no longer than 8 hours when possible inside of the crate.
Typically, a Bull Terrier will not want to soil the crate they lay inside when you are not home.
If possible, I would also recommend coming home on a lunch break, allowing your Bull Terrier to go outside to use the restroom, place them back inside the crate, and return to work.
This would be the maximum I would recommend while your Bull Terrier is still a puppy.
As your Bull Terrier gets older, you can begin allowing them to be crated for longer and even get rid of crate use altogether.
This leads me directly into discussing what to do with an adult Bull Terrier if you need to leave them home alone.
Adult Bull Terriers Being Left Alone
For an adult Bull Terrier being left home alone, it comes down to trust, training, and obedience and the duration of time that you will need to leave them home alone.
If you have done an excellent job with potty training and are past the phase of house destruction when you leave home, you may feel comfortable working your full work shift with your Bull Terrier left alone outside of the crate.
If you have not reached this point of trust and understanding with your dog, you may not be at that point to not use a crate yet.
Regardless, for an adult Bull Terrier, I would not leave them home alone for more than 12 hours without having the ability to use the restroom.
When you start reaching the 12 hours, you begin flirting with the possibility of your Bull Terrier getting bored and finding something not so desirable to do inside of the house.
This could include things like excessive barking, chewing, or even going potty indoors.
Terriers are not typically the dog breed that does well with boredom or without social interaction for long periods.
If you need to leave for more than this amount of time, try and come home in the middle of the day once to take them for a quick walk, to use the restroom, and then leave again.
Vacations and Long or Extended Leaves
This situation is common sense and the easiest to navigate if you ask me.
You have 3 options if you need to leave for an extended amount of time and do not want to leave your Bull Terrier home alone.
Option 1 is as simple as it gets.
Take your Bull Terrier with you when you travel.
Certainly, this is not always the most ideal situation or the easiest to arrange, but if it is possible, it solves the issue before it even begins.
Option 2, if you need to leave for an extended amount of time, is also simple.
Consider using a boarding company to help watch after your dog.
Clearly, your Bull Terrier may have some anxiety about this situation, not act the best and not love it, but it does ensure safety for your dog and ensures they can use the bathroom and be fed accordingly while you are away.
The last option you have for vacations and arranging care for a Bull Terrier while you are away to rely on a trusted friend to dog sit for you while you are away.
Ideally, you want this person to already be socialized with your Bull Terrier, and you want to have full trust that you are leaving your dog in good hands while you are away.
Outside of these options, you do not have many other alternatives you can consider unless you want to cancel that vacation or honeymoon trip you have been planning.
Do Not Forget About Planning For Time Away With Elderly Bull Terriers.
One last consideration that is often not discussed enough is the duration of time you should be leaving an elderly Bull Terrier home alone.
Most elderly Bull Terriers will have already established trust and potty-training capabilities that you can rely on.
However, as your dog gets older, they may not be as seasoned, withholding bowel movements or their bladder, so it is good to plan in these situations as well.
Do Bull Terriers Get Separation Anxiety?
Yes, Bull Terriers suffer from separation anxiety when they are away from their owners for too long periods.
Separation anxiety with Bull Terriers can display different behaviors depending on the dog, but it is best to try and curb this behavior as quickly as you can.
Some Bull Terriers may bark excessively, destruct indoor belongings, or potty inside when they begin suffering this anxiety.
If you believe your Bull Terrier does suffer from this issue, it is best to stick to utilizing a crate or, at the very least, using dog gates to separate your dog into a room of the home where they will be comfortable and safe while you are away.
It is also known that leaving in small durations of time is best and can help curb this behavior if you increase the amount of time you are away gradually.
Typically, separation anxiety is not an issue for too long after the adoption.
Toys and Crate Training Become Very Important When Leaving A Bull Terrier Alone
You can do something else as the proud owner of a new Bull Terrier is to improvise and provide what you can for the hours that you are away for your dog.
One of the best things you can do is socialize your Bull Terrier to interact and enjoy toys starting at a young age.
If you need to leave your Bull Terrier and leave them outside of the crate, toys, bones, and other items to enjoy can help burn the time for them and keep them occupied.
The same can be said for crate training.
Try making the crate more comfortable for your dog.
Consider a dog bed that they will not chew up immediately.
Also, consider leaving them with a safe bone or even a Kong filled with treats while you are away for a few hours.
Anything to keep their mind off that you are not home and bored is the best approach you can take when leaving a Bull Terrier home alone.
Plain and simple.
Bull Terriers Can Be Left Alone, But Implement Best Practices
Hopefully, I have been clear that Bull Terriers can be left home alone at this point in this discussion.
The durations of time make a difference, as does your trust level with your dog and your Bull Terrier’s current age.
Do your best to plan and to make your Bull Terrier comfortable when you are not home.
It is silly to think that a few mistakes will not happen every now and then when leaving your Bull Terrier home alone, but as a Terrier owner myself, I can assure you that it gets better as you go.
Continue to train your dog and build basic obedience and keep them occupied, and you will be in good shape to begin leaving your dog home alone when you have other obligations to handle.
Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your Bull Terriers and the journey you have ahead of you.
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How long would you leave your Bull Terrier home alone?
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As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time.