Alone Time One of
the things that most upsets new puppy parents is that, when
you first leave them alone, puppies often scream or whimper
in dismay! When you think about it, this is reasonable on
the puppys part. Up to the time he was adopted, your
puppy has probably never been alone in his whole life
even when mom wasnt around, hell have been surrounded
by siblings. So it will be a shocking new state of affairs
to find himself completely alone. Moreover, its a natural
adaptation for puppies to cry if theyre all alone. Without
human intervention, if a puppy is suddenly without his mother
or any of his siblings, hes probably in big trouble,
and hed better let mom know where he is double quick
so she can come get him.
The reality is, though, that there will
be times when you have to leave your dog alone for
most families, that will be a good chunk of every day. So
its only fair to prepare your puppy for that alone time,
and to make it not just acceptable, but fun for him to spend
Some General Rules for Teaching Your
Dog to Enjoy Alone Time From the very first day, teach your
puppy or dog to love his special den and designated
long-term secure area (you will only use the den for short-term
stays). By using a safe, designated doggy area, you help make
the dog feel more secure, and you can control the environment
so that he cant make any mistakes. It will help to teach
good habits right from the beginning.
You can teach your puppy/dog to love her special areas
by feeding her there, particularly if you use stuffed chew
toys, which entertain the dog for some time.
Begin by not locking the dog inside, and by keeping
him in his special area only for short periods of time, so
that he doesnt feel overwhelmed. Gradually build up
the amount of time that he spends in the long-term area and
in his den (but dont confine him to his den for more
than about one hour at any one time except over night).
Dont make special exceptions from the beginningfrom
the first day, think about what your dogs day will be
like and begin to get her accustomed to that routine.
Your puppy or dog should be fed ONLY FROM HOLLOW CHEW
TOYS for at least the first few days.Eventually, you can
begin to split up your dogs ration between stuffed chew
toys and hand feeding, but at first it is more important that
you use the chew toys to help your dog learn to love his den
and long-term safe area.
Give your dog lots of stuffed chew toys when he is
in his den or long-term safe area so that he can occupy and
settle himself, and so that he shapes himself into a chew-toy-aholic.
That way, not only are you helping him to settle down and
enjoy alone time, youre also teaching him what to chew
on when he needs a good chew.
Be sure that your puppy or new dog is not in an overly
stimulating environment for the first few weeks that shes
home. Either put her in a quieter part of the house or cover
her den with a blanket so that shes not overwhelmed
with activity and she can settle down more easily.
Overnight, cover the den with a blanket and perhaps
put the den near your bed. At first, even if eventually he
will sleep with you in the bed, he should be confined to his
den it is very easy for a puppy to wander off and chew
or eliminate while youre sleeping soundly. For the first
few days, expect that the puppy or new dog may whine at first
when you go to bed. They should be near you so that they can
smell and sense you, but dont go take them out of the
crate, which will accidentally reinforce the whining. If left
alone, the whining will usually go away by itself after about
Overnight while their metabolism is slowed down, you
should preemptively take the puppy out for potty breaks
every four to six hours. Set your alarm so that the puppy
have to cry to wake you up for a potty break.
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