One of the things that doesn’t come easy with training that gorgeous puppy you just took in is teaching to stay home alone and behave. You’ve probably had this problem – you’re trying to go out and run some errands, but as soon as you’re done putting on your coat, your puppy start to cry, whimper or bark. Leaving your pet at home might seem challenging even if you want to leave him for just a couple of minutes.
To have a healthy relationship with your dog, it’s important that you can leave it a home and luckily, there’s a way to teach your pupper just that.
The younger your dog is the more he needs you by his side, the more harder it will be to train him to stay home alone, but if you’re consistent with the training, you will succeed.
Remember – consistency is key with training anything.
Before you start, you’ll need to gather a few things. What I like to use when I’m training this is my dogs favourite toy and a bone or some hard treat that your dog can chew for a while.
First, you’ll need to start by leaving your dog just for 5 minutes. Leave your dog with their toy and go out the door for 5 minutes. If he stays quiet and doesn’t make a mess when yo back in, reward your dog with a treat. If he’s been naughty, ignore the behaviour, but next time leave for 2 or 3 minutes
When you’re successful with 5 minutes, you can move up to 15 minutes. Again, when you go back. When successful with this time increase, gradually increase the time.
It’s really important that you don’t give in when your dog whines and cries because if you do, you’re showing your dog that his bad behaviour gets him what he wants.
What to do if you can’t even leave for 3 minutes? Use the treat method. Leave your dog with a treat that he can chew for a long time like a bone or a hard treat.
Combine this with exercise – before you leave make sure your dog had plenty of exercise. Lack of exercise is the biggest reason your dog barks, chews furniture or generally behaves badly so that’s what you should definitely start.
Another thing you can do is spend about 10 minutes playing with your dog before you leave. Not only will you give your dog attention he may want but you’ll also tire him out.
Training your dog these difficult behavior changes might be hard, but whatever you do, don’t punish your dog! Punishing your dog makes him afraid from you and makes teaching anything that much more difficult. Positive reinforcement is the only way to go.
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