Trying to work your busy schedule around a new puppy can be one of the more challenging things to manage when you first bring him home. Your pup needs plenty of attention, love, exercise, and training. Don’t forget that house training will likely be necessary on top of that. So when you step out of the house, how can you be sure that your puppy won’t struggle with your absence?
Dependency and separation anxiety in dogs can be unfortunately common. Behavior issues and destructiveness can result when your pup constantly worries about when you’ll come back. Or whether you’ll come back at all. It’s important to adjust a puppy early on to your comings and goings so he’ll be that much more comfortable in the notion that you’ll eventually be coming back to him.
Getting your puppy to adjust to your absence should start as early as possible to prevent a more serious issue from developing. Puppies who are dependent on their owner’s presence are harder to wean off of the habit of being stressed when you walk out the door. With enough reinforcement, however, your puppy could be perfectly content with napping the day away or occupying himself with something else entirely instead of pacing nervously in front of the door.
Some puppies may struggle with this training more than others, so you’ll be in for about three to six weeks of reinforcement and training when it comes to separation. Staying consistent and not giving in to those mournful puppy eyes whenever you have to go run an errand will pay off in the long run.
A few items that you’ll want to consider investing in before beginning this training are: