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How to Leave Puppy Home Alone – Tips & Training

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There is absolutely nothing more beautiful than bringing home a new puppy and knowing that you will take good care of them. You’ll soon be as close as can be, and it will be an experience like no other. Unfortunately, things can get hectic sometimes and staying home becomes difficult, but not impossible.

A dog can develop separation anxiety if you don’t teach them how to handle it. This is very hard to treat and fix after the fact, so preventing it from happening in the first place is of utmost importance. The most important step you can take is teaching your pooch or puppy about staying calm when their owners aren’t around for varying periods of times by providing some home alone time beforehand, in short increments at first. Dogs are naturally social creatures and it’s important for the well-being of their hearts to have time spent with their family during the daily routines. But it’s important for dogs that if you need to leave them at home for a bit, you make sure they will feel fine by providing them with toys, treats and simple playtime.

There are a few tips we can use to make sure our puppy stays happy while we’re at work.

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Crate Train your Puppy

Crate Training is the fastest and most effective way to housebreak your puppy, but only if done properly. This will help you in your training process. Offer treats and chew toys, and do not scold or punish the dog when it enters or leaves the crate. The idea is for your pup to view this as a safe place where positive experiences are made possible through mutual love and affection. Open the door only part way at first if your puppy is hesitant about going in on his own, then gradually increase the time he spends inside until he can go in and out whenever he likes.– Leaving the door open at the first crate is treated as a safe space, not a punishment box that gradually increases time inside.

If your puppy is already accustomed to their crate, start to introduce “alone time” in their crate while you are still in the home. Repeat this a few times throughout the day for their naps, ranging in times from shorter to longer spans that they’re “away” from you. The easiest time to practice this is at their nap time.

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Start with short intervals

Bringing a puppy home for the first time may seem like the right idea but you should be aware of the fact that puppies need almost 24 hours of sleep every day. This might prove to be challenging at first, but it teaches your furry friend discipline and controls any biting or chewing behavior. Once basic training is determined, take your puppy with you everywhere. It is great to socialize them from an early age and make sure they do not get over fascinated by anything. Puppies are cute, playful little of exhausted energy and socialization is just what they need to grow up and live healthy lives.

Keep silence on your coming and going

Don’t make a fuss when you leave or come home. Make your dog wait until you’re ready to give him some of your attention and only then, go over and greet him. This will keep him calm and respectful when it’s time for either goodbyes or welcomes. He won’t be as excited by his separation anxiety or by his joy of having found a long lost family member once you’re finally there.

Positive association with leaving

Make leaving your puppy a positive experience. Add in some things they enjoy; for example, a special treat and chew toy into their crate. Kongs are great since they will keep your puppy occupied while you are away to ensure peace of mind for pet owners needing to leave their pets for an extended period of time. But please be aware of your puppy’s bite strength and only give them safe toys you feel confident they can’t destroy and swallow torn pieces which could cause illness or serious injury to the dog if swallowed. You can keep specific toys with treats for when you go out that you are willing to swap out on occasion, so every time you come home from work, swap out the old one, this is effectively training them that every time you go outside and get back it is a win-win situation.

Pro Tip

Do not feed your puppy praise or petting until he brings you a chew toy. Once your puppy has brought you a chew toy, use a pen or pencil to push out the piece of freeze dried liver which your puppy has been unable to extract. This will impress your puppy and prompt him to seek out his chew toys at times of peak activity. Dogs are crepuscular and quite happy to sleep all day and all night. They have two activity peaks, at dawn and dusk. Thus, most chewing and barking activity is likely to occur right after you leave your pup in the morning and just before you return in the evening. Leaving your puppy with freshly stuffed chew toys and offering the unextracted treats when you return prompts your puppy to seek out his chew toys at times of peak activity.

 

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