Everyone knows that as a loving dog owner you’d much rather be at home with your pet than sitting in an office chair. While spending all day long with your canine family member sounds much better than punching away at a keyboard, the reality is dog cookies cost real money. Until Fido learns how to make a living, that leaves it up to the human owners to bring home the bacon. Busy work and social schedules mean that your dog will inevitably need to be left on their own from time to time. Many dogs can find this scenario stressful. Concerned owners should take heart, however. There are a number of methods available for training your dog to be alone in their home with zero stress.
Keeping your dog happy while they are home alone will involve training multiple types of behaviors. Young dogs need to be properly housebroken or contained while you’re away until they can learn to settle and relax and until they are old enough to know to use the restroom outdoors. Young puppies often come from litters of multiple dogs and learning what to do to keep themselves occupied may take a bit of time and help from their loving owners, of course.
To get started training your dog to be alone, you will need to acquire a few supplies. A solid, sturdy crate is a must for young dogs or dogs that have destructive tendencies. Wire crates work best, as cloth or nylon crates can be easily torn. Appropriate dog toys and chewable items will also be necessary. Look for toys specifically designed for your size of pet and that are made of quality and sturdy materials. Plenty of bedding will help make your dog comfortable while you are away. Finally, a variety of treats, bones and other snacks will help make your dog comfortable and keep them occupied while you are gone. Once you have these items in hand, it’s time to begin training your dog to be alone.