We all love our Chiweenies, but sometimes we have to leave them to go to work, get groceries, or go on a vacation. So, a reasonable question that you may ask is, “Can my Chiweenie be left alone?”
Typically, you won’t want to let your Chiweenie out for longer than 6–8 hours at a time, but there are some exceptions to this rule. Yes, Chiweenie can be left alone, but make sure they aren’t alone for too long. They like to be around their owners, and if they are left alone for very long, they can get stressed.
Can I Have A Chiweenie If I Have A Full-Time Job?
Okay, maybe you have a full-time job and you want a Chiweenie. So, can you get one?
Well, personally, I think it’s possible to pull it off as long as you check on him as often as you can. I recommend at least checking on him on lunch breaks.
Fortunately, there are now work-at-home jobs as well which is much more ideal if you plan on getting a Chiweenie. If you work at home, you can check on him more often than you would working out of home.
Either way, I believe it’s possible to have a chiweenie even if you have a full-time job as long as you make sure he’s checked on regularly and has plenty of food, water, and toys to play with.
How Often Can Chiweenies Be Left Alone
My Chiweenie is left alone once to twice a week, though I’m sure he could be left alone more often.
Personally, I wouldn’t let let him out more than 5 times a week if you can help it, though I don’t believe this is ideal. Chiweenies can be alone, as I said, but they like being around their owners.
Are Chiweenies Prone To Separation Anxiety?
Chiweenies are prone to separation anxiety, though my Chiweenie doesn’t seem to have a bad case of it.
Your Chiweenie may be different, however. This is why I don’t recommend leaving your Chiweenie for an incredibly long time.
If your Chiweenie has these symptoms, he might have separation anxiety.
He’s Destructive When You’re Gone
If your Chiweenie is destructive when you’re gone, he probably has separation anxiety.
Dogs with separation anxiety will scratch and rip up couches, tear apart shoes, flip food and water bowls over, and just destroy your house.
He Barks And/Or Howls A Lot When You’re Gone
If your Chiweenie barks and howls a lot when you leave him, this is a general sign that he’s afraid and has separation anxiety.
He Has A Lot of Potty Accidents
Dogs with separation anxiety will tend to have a lot of accidents when you’re gone. This is a sign that they are anxious.
Consider contacting your local vet as this is also a symptom of some health conditions.
What To Do If You Have To Go For A Long Period Of Time
Great, Chiweenies can stay outside, but I’m going somewhere and I’m going to go for a while. What do I do?
First, you should make sure your Chiweenie will have plenty of food and water and has a safe, dry place to sleep if you’re going more than a day.
Getting Someone To Keep Them For You
If you’re going for a very long time, you may just have to have someone keep them for you while you’re gone.
You may have to pay some money, but it’ll be best for you and your Chiweenie. If you give your Chiweenie to someone you know and trust, your Chiweenie won’t be alone and will be well fed and watered.
Take Your Chiweenie Outside
If you aren’t going for very long, consider leaving your Chiweenie in a fenced-in backyard. Then, your Chiweenie will have plenty of room to play and bark at cars, people, and animals that go by(be honest, you know he likes to bark at them).
This may not be the route to take, however, if you live in a very cold or hot climate. While Chiweenies like being outside, they don’t like going out in the freezing cold or burning hot!
Give Them Plenty of Distractions
Always give them plenty of distractions. These are generally toys, but a companion dog will also help your Chiweenie will be just as efficient.
My Chiweenie, Miles loves being around my Chug, Lexi. They love to play fight, bark at other dogs and cars together, or just lay down and be lazy in their dog beds!
What To Do If You’re Keeping Your Chiweenie Inside
If you’re planning on keeping your Chiweenie inside, you’re going to have to make sure he has plenty of food, water, and toys that he can find.
Keep him in a room that isn’t too dangerous or too small. I keep my Chiweenie in the laundry room, but it really depends on what works best for you and your dog.
You might want to get a dog camera. These cameras are used to watch your dog while you’re away, so you can check on him even if you’re not at home.
What To Do If You’re Keeping Your Chiweenie Outside
If you’re planning on keeping your Chiweenie outside, food and water are even more important, especially if it’s very hot outside.
Toys aren’t as necessary, but a few toys that your Chiweenie can play with are still nice to have.
I keep the back garage door open for Miles, but you may prefer a dog house. It really depends on what you like better.
So, can Chiweenies be left alone? The short answer is yes, but it really depends on how long he’s been left outside.
Chiweenies are prone to separation anxiety, however, so keep that in mind when you’re planning on leaving him alone for a very long time.
Do you have a Chiweenie? If so, how long do you leave your Chiweenie alone? Let me know in the comment section!