How To Train Your Puppy To Be at Home Alone

 

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When you first get your new puppy, it's really tempting to take him or her out and about. Additionally, many of us are spending a lot more extra time with our dogs at home these days! However, you will eventually have to leave your puppy home alone. Your goal will be to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable environment so that your puppy may spend time alone.

Don't we all wish we could spend every day at home with our puppies? Many of us have recently realised this dream and are now spending more time doing it! But if your dog isn't prepared to learn that being left alone is completely OK, it could be distressing for them when we do have to leave the house.

Puppies who receive too much care or access from their parents may develop separation anxiety. It takes time to educate puppies how to be alone because they are gregarious animals who desire your attention. This makes puppies more prone to it.

Teaching your puppy to spend a lot of time alone is thus one of the most important stages of their training and growth. Even if your puppy is already showing symptoms of separation anxiety, there are things you can do to help them feel secure and confident. Crate training, positive association, mental stimulation, exercise, and patience are just a few of the methods you can use to raise your puppy to be entirely at peace and relaxed while left alone.

Crate Train Your Puppy

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When your puppy is left alone for an extended period of time, the crate is a crucial thing to help them feel secure. To properly leave your dog in their crate, you must first help them become used to it. At The Perfect Pet Nanny, we recommend a variety of techniques, such as having our puppies eat, sleep, and play with a toy inside, to help them form the habit of going into and coming out of their crates.

Start Slow At The Beginning

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If your puppy is already accustomed to its crate while you are still home, begin introducing "alone time" in it. The ideal time to put this into action is when they are taking their naps. Encourage them to relax in their box by putting it in a less trafficked part of your home.

Draw the curtains, dim the lights, maybe even play some calming music, and cover the front and sides of your puppy's crate with a blanket to create a calm environment where they will feel comfortable and peacefully leave the room. Repeat this a few times throughout the day for their naps, adjusting the amount of time they spend "away" from you.

Don't Make a Fuss When Leaving The Room

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Once you've placed your puppy in their "comfort zone," otherwise known as another room in your home, be sure to keep it as quiet as you can when you leave the area. Making a big deal out of it by showering them with love, attention, and kisses immediately before you leave them and again when you get home may make your dog tense and worried, which will make it much difficult for them to unwind when left alone. To show your puppy that your arrival and leave are genuinely no big deal, you should maintain as much composure as you can throughout the entire procedure.

Create Positive Associations with Leaving

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Include something your puppy enjoys or can use to keep their minds active in their crate, such as a special treat and a chew toy, to make leaving a pleasant experience. Antos are excellent since they will occupy your puppy while you are away. Additionally, they are made of Tree Root which can withstand vigorous chewing.

However, be sure to be aware of your puppy's bite force and only provide safe chew toys that you are certain they won't destroy and swallow the pieces of. You may want to keep a special toy that you only give to your puppy before you leave. Take the toy and store it when you go back. You are teaching your dog by doing this that when you leave, they will get something special and a treat!

Exercise Your Puppy Before You Go

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Additionally, it's a good idea to give your puppy plenty of time to play, use the restroom, and simply hang out with you before you have to depart. Your dog will be more prepared for sleep and be able to relax in its crate more quickly. Play, a short training session, or a stroll are all effective ways to exercise your dog's mind and body.

When you end the activity, try to do something calming with your puppy like giving them a Antos or another type of treat-dispensing toy after a walk or training session.

Think of this like a “cool down” after exercising to bring the body down properly!  The reason being is that if they are still hyped up from walking or playing, chances are they won’t settle right away in their crate. 

After a walk or training session, try to do something relaxing with your puppy, such as giving them a Kong or other treat-dispensing toy, or even a relaxing massage  Consider this a "cool down" after a workout to help the body recover correctly! Because they might not immediately settle in their crate if they are still excited from strolling or playing.

Summary 

You are equipped to teach your puppy to be at home alone with these resources. The two most important things to keep in mind are crate training and gradually acclimating your dog to your absences. Before you need to return to work, school, or wherever you find yourself each day, this is a fantastic time to do it at home. By doing this, you can prevent your puppy from perhaps experiencing separation anxiety and eventually allow them wider access to your home while you're away once they are potty trained and prepared.

Article by Lisa Baptiste, The Perfect Pet Nanny 

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