It has been a whirlwind few weeks since you introduced your gorgeous puppy into your new home. You’ve loved staying home with him and playing mother. Even the toilet training you didn’t mind too much. It has been a much-needed break from work too. However, the end of this period is on the horizon and you need to go back to work soon. The only problem is, that as it currently stands, he whimpers and moans whenever you leave him for a few minutes, so leaving him alone in the house all day may prove challenging.
It may be difficult, but it is also essential, for his health as well as yours. If he doesn’t get used to being in the house alone, he may develop separation anxiety. If he’s to be a happy dog, he simply has to learn to spend time on his own.
How challenging it is to train a dog to stay home alone will depend a lot on the dog’s personality. Some dogs will naturally be needier, while others will be more solitary animals. Whatever his temperament though, you simply need to find the right incentives to make staying at home relatively enjoyable. You will also need to establish a consistent routine, where he gets all the attention he needs when you are around, so he’s not left wanting when you’re gone.
If he’s a puppy then training may take a while. He will need you more and be less used to being left alone. You may need several weeks. Likewise, if he’s older and always had you around then he may need up to six weeks to adjust. Get this training right and you will be able to relax when you head off to work, instead of worrying.
Before you begin training you will need to gather a few things. Get your hands on some food puzzles and toys that will keep him occupied when you leave him alone. You will also need to dedicate around 10 minutes each day to training.
Having some tasty treats around may help. It is also worth ensuring he has a comfy bed, in an enclosed location. A new bed with blankets may make spending several hours in there more appealing.
Once you have all the above, you just need willpower and optimism, then you’re ready to get to work!
My dog will stay at my sisters house alone but will not stay at my apartment alone. I have tried making her stay at my apartment while I went down to my friends apartment who lives under my apt. and she constantly barks and will not stop until I come back.
Hello Donna, If she is simply barking but is not destructive, then I suggest purchasing a bark collar created for small dogs, such as Pesafe little dog elite. In addition to using a bark collar, you can provide something positive for her to do while she is quiet, that will automatically reward her correct behavior after she quiets down - you can either stuff a hollow chew toy, such as a medium sized kong, with food and treats, or use an automatic treat dispenser that will detect when she is being quiet and give a treat after a certain amount of time. Check out Pet Tutor or AutoTrainer as treat dispensers. Read reviews to find the one with the features you like best. There are multiple, interesting ways to stuff a Kong, look up videos on YouTube for ideas to make the Kong interesting for her. The combination of corrections and rewards can help her learn. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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