How to teach my dog to stay home alone
Training Your Dog to be Home Alone by Sharon DelaroseTraining Your Dog to be Home Alone is excerpted from the book Bad Dog to Best Friend. Its a step-by-step guide to weaning your dog from a crate and teaching him to stay home alone with full run of the house and includes the chapters on potty training a problem dog and dealing with dog chewing problems.
This booklet was inspired by the true story of a semi-adult shelter dog who used the house as her own personal potty and chew toy. If she can be taught to stay home alone without chewing or potty in the house, theres hope for your dog, too.
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This teaches the dog to enjoy being alone while it is not associated only with you leaving the house. You can use baby gates and pens to keep your dog in one part of the house while you are in another. You can give your dog food puzzles, chews, and hide treats for your dog to find while you are in another part of the house to make the alone time highly reinforcing. If you have a severely anxious dog, you can keep your dog in one part of the house and play music outside the room so your dog cannot focus on the sounds you make and deduce from them whether you are home or not. In conjunction with this, you can also repeatedly open and close doors loudly and go in and out of the front door so that your dog never knows whether you are in the house or not. If you take your dog out to pee, do a training session, or play with him just before you leave the house, it could actually cause your dog to be more stressed when you leave him. Instead, wait a couple minutes for your dog to settle down before leaving.
Dogs are social animals, enjoy company and dislike being alone. We must teach our puppies to be home alone to avoid serious problems later photo by Roger Abrantes. You can teach your dog to be home alone in five steps. The earlier you begin, the better. There is a good chance that you can solve the problem with my five steps program. Everybody seems to have a different idea as how to solve the problem.
1) Do not punish your dog for what he did.
When you left the house to go to work that morning, you paid absolutely no attention to what might happen in your absence. But when you got back home that night, you were devastated upon knowing what did happen. Your sweet little dog had turned into a monster during the day and ruined the sofa, chewed on your favorite shoes, peed on the rug, pulled the curtains on the floor and spread the whole content of the trash can in the kitchen You are not alone. Thousands of dogs act that frustrating way while their master is away.