Apologies for the long post. I want to make sure I convey all the details of this question. I have a wonderful 8 year-old male yellow lab named Cooper who is the light of my life (got him at 8 weeks old). He is a happy, well-adjusted boy. Sadly, my wife and I recently separated, and this has led to some changes for Cooper. I am writing this post because I'm trying to minimize how hard the divorce will be on him. The issue I'm facing is this. Up till now, my wife always stayed home with Cooper during the day while I am at work (I work a normal 8:00-5:00 M-F week). However, now I am single-parenting Cooper and I am trying to figure out how best to handle his care during work hours. For the last few months, a generous friend of mine has let me bring Cooper to her house during the day (she works at home). However, soon, her plans are going to change, and so I won't be able to do this anymore, at least not 5 days per week. So I'm trying to figure out what arrangement during work hours would be best for Cooper on days that he can't go to my friend's house. Options I can think of are: 1. Hire a dog walker to come visit him around noon each day. Other than that, he would be alone in our house, with access to a dog door. (Possibly hire 2 dog walkers per day.) 2. Take him to dog daycare. 3. Drive home at lunch to visit him during the day (about 20 mins each direction, so not optimal). I have also been thinking of adopting another animal--another dog or possibly a cat, with the idea that they could keep each other company. Of course I can also do some mixture of "all of the above." Cooper does fine being at home alone, but I don't want to abuse that about him, and having him alone too much breaks my heart. I guess my real question is: how much is too much alone time for an adult lab? I will do whatever it takes to do what's best for Cooper. But unfortunately, I feel like my range of options isn't great. He's been in daycare before, just for fun...he always did OK with it, but it's not really his scene (he's pretty low-energy, and prefers to snuggle with one or two humans or on his own). Also, in daycare, he picked up viruses from time to time, so I'm really not crazy about it (though am willing to be talked out of that). How do other folks handle having an empty house during the day? Am I projecting my own worry onto Cooper in terms of feeling like it's cruel for him to be alone during the day? Any advice would be a huge help. Thanks.!