You work long hours, as does your partner. Unfortunately, that means you have to leave your little dog for a lot of the day. But while you love having him jump up at you when you walk through the front door, he can no longer be trusted to be allowed to roam around. Too many times you have come home to find your cushions, rugs, and shoes have fallen victim to his mouth when he’s bored. So, you now want to train him to stay in just one room.
This type of training will protect your house from destruction when you aren’t around. If you have pets that fight, then this is also an effective preventative measure. It’s also worthwhile if you want to keep small children separate from your dog. Not to mention, if he has a habit of jumping up in the kitchen to steal food, this should prevent that.
Training any dog to stay in one room can be challenging, especially if they have spent most of their life being able to go wherever they want. Your work could also be made more difficult by the fact he is small. This is because he can squeeze through gaps and escape from a room easier than large dogs often can. So, training will consist of firstly preventing him from escaping until training has finished. You will then need to take steps to make the room enticing and full of everything he needs.
If he’s a puppy and still learning the rules, then he may respond to training relatively quickly. You could see results in just a week. However, if he is older and always had plenty of freedom, then you may need a few weeks. Get this training right and you won’t have to worry again when you leave him alone in the house.
For this training, you will need a few bits. Baby gates will be the first requirement. You will also need food puzzles, toys and a variety of tasty treats. A comfy bed and new blankets may also be needed for one of the methods below.
You will need to set aside a few minutes each day to begin with, to get him used to his new room.
Once you have all the above, you just need patience and a positive attitude, then work can begin!