8 Step To Train Your Puppy To Be Home Alone

By Sharon Dawson March 19, 2024, 5:41 PM

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1. Start Gradually

Begin by leaving your puppy alone for short periods, gradually increasing the duration over time. Start with just a few minutes and gradually work your way up to longer periods of time.

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2. Create a Safe Space

Designate a comfortable and secure area for your puppy to stay when you're away, such as a crate or a puppy-proofed room. Make sure the space is free of hazards and contains familiar items like bedding, toys, and water.

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3. Practice Departures and Returns

Practice leaving and returning to your home multiple times throughout the day, even when you're not actually leaving. This helps desensitize your puppy to your comings and goings and reduces anxiety.

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4. Use Positive Reinforcement

Reward your puppy for calm and relaxed behavior when left alone. Offer treats, praise, or toys to reinforce positive associations with being alone.

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5. Provide Mental Stimulation

Leave interactive toys, puzzle feeders, or chew toys for your puppy to enjoy while you're away. Mental stimulation can help keep them occupied and prevent boredom.

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6. Desensitize to Departure Cues

Gradually desensitize your puppy to departure cues, such as putting on your coat or picking up your keys. Practice these actions without actually leaving to help reduce your puppy's anxiety.

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7. Stay Calm and Confident

Dogs can pick up on their owner's emotions, so it's important to remain calm and confident when leaving your puppy alone. Avoid making a big fuss when leaving or returning to prevent reinforcing anxious behavior.

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8. Monitor Progress

Pay attention to your puppy's behavior and adjust your training plan as needed. If your puppy shows signs of distress or anxiety, take a step back and progress more slowly.

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