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Getting a dog is a wonderful addition to your family and to your life. There is so much to do such as introducing him to his new home and potty training. One of the realities is sooner or later you have to go to work or be out for a few hours. Whatever the reason, you will have to leave your new dog home alone.
Dogs are very social animals and this could be very stressful for him.
There are steps you can take to make leaving your dog less stressful for you and for your new dog.
Leaving A Puppy
When you get a new puppy, plan to be home for a couple of days. It is wise to teach a puppy to be alone while you are still home. A puppy should be put in an area where he is confined to limited amount of space, such as an exercise pen or a crate. To make your puppy feel comfortable, you should feed him in this space, put toys in this space and have him relax and sleep in this space.
My dog grew to love his crate. It was his place to relax and hang out while chewing his bones or toys.
It is wise to teach your puppy to be alone while you are at home. When you get a new dog or puppy, you should plan on staying home for a couple of days.
While you are home, confine your puppy in his crate with a toy. Quietly leave the room and come back immediately. When you come back into the room, praise your puppy and give him a treat. Repeat this a few times, each time staying out of the room a little longer. As the time you leave your puppy increases, remember to check on him.
The idea is to get your puppy used to the crate when you are not around. So when leaving him alone when your are not home will not be too stressful. Also, as your puppy grows and you are confident that he is potty trained, the confined space or crate will not longer be necessary.
Your Adult Dog
Your dog is no longer a puppy. The crate or confined space is no longer necessary. What should you do before you leave your dog home alone. The first thing to do every morning is tire your dog out. A nice long walk in the morning before you go to work is the best way to tire him out. A walk as long as 30 to 45 minutes would be a good amount of exercise.
Keep your dog busy. . Food dispensing toys, such as the Kong, will keep him busy for quite a while. Scatter dry food around the room. Hunting for the food will also keep him busy.
Ask For Help
When your puppy is left in a confined space or a crate, he will be able to relieve himself on a wee wee pad.
Adult dogs should be able to relieve themselves every four to six hours. Though adult dogs can go without relieving themselves for more than four to six hours, they shouldn’t have to.
If possible, maybe a relative or friend would be able to walk your dog and visit your home to sit with your dog for a while during the day.
Another option is a dog walker. Dog Walkers are being used more than ever because dog owners now realize the importance of taking care of their dogs needs.
If you can afford it, a Doggie Daycare is another option. Enroll for one or two days. That would cut down the number of days your dog is alone. . Do your research. Not all Doggie Daycares are the same.
Also, you may want to purchase a camera that enables you to watch your dog and speak to him when you are not home.
Remember to stay calm. Your dog will feel anxious if you are anxious.
Leave the television or music on so your dog won’t feel alone.
Don’t worry. Your dog is in a safe place.
When you are about to leave, just go. Saying goodbye will lead to a long goodbye leaving both of you very anxious.
A Few Thoughts
Bringing home a new dog is a long-term commitment. Be sure you make time to spend with the new member of your family. It’s not easy leaving your dog for long periods of time. You have no choice but to get back to your regular routine. Working full time and having a dog is definitely doable. Therefore you have to take steps to make sure your puppy or dog is safe and comfortable while you are gone. Don’t expect perfection. It may a while for everything to run smoothly.
Always remember, your relationship with your dog will bring you a tremendous amount of joy and love.
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