Do’s and Dont’s of Leaving a Puppy Alone
If you own a dog, the time will come for leaving your puppy alone at home.
Although dogs are adaptable, they can’t adjust to a new situation overnight.
But, whether you’re gone for five minutes or five hours, there are some precautions to take to make sure your pet doesn’t get into trouble or suffer harm while you’re away.
DO: Preparation Before Leaving a Puppy Alone
Sometimes we are so busy that we forget to give our dogs the time for an adequate potty break and exercise before we head out the door.
Remember, not all dogs are the same and do their business as soon they walk outside.
If your puppy wants to go to the bathroom and wants a walk, most likely your dog wants to rest in a spot where he can recognize and feel familiar.
Plan with time before leaving your puppy alone to take your dog out for a little walk and to go to the bathroom.
Do: Dog-Proof the Home
Before leaving your dog home alone, you must dog-proof your home.
Place all cleaning products, hazardous liquids, and potentially harmful objects away (like knives and scissors).
Lock your cabinet doors too and, if you have a favorite couch or other furniture, cover it with a sheet.
Don’t forget to lock all doors to keep your dog from escaping.
This is good practice regardless of whether you’re preparing to leave your dog home alone.
Do: Make Sure They’re Ready
Before leaving a dog at home alone, he or she must trust you.
If you’re a new pet owner, it may take at least a few weeks to make your dog confident enough to be separated from you.
It’s also important to note that a puppy who isn’t used to unfamiliar situations, should not be left alone.
Bring your puppy with you when you leave to give him or her essential socialization time.
DO: Confine Your Puppy if Needed
Some puppies feel more relaxed if they’re inside a crate (especially the ones with high anxiety).
Some people think crates have a negative effect but many dogs prefer them and want their own space, just make sure it will not be for more of four to five hours.
If you are planning on leaving your puppy alone for more time, a room with a baby gate can do the work.
If you wonder how many hours should your pup be in a crate see the table below to determine the time based on the dog’s age:
DO: Keep The TV On
If you’re one of those people who thinks your puppy likes music for dogs from Pandora or the sound of the tv on playing a movie while you’re away, go for it.
The sound of human voices and music help to calm dogs, especially the ones that have separation anxiety.
Another alternative is to get a device that produces a white noise that helps to keep your puppy relaxed.
If you believe sounds will help your dog to stay calm and you don’t like leaving the TV on and can not afford a White Noise Device, another option is a CD of classical music or with white noise designed with dogs in mind.
DON’T: Stay Away For Too Long.
Baby steps are essential when you’re first leaving a dog home alone.
Start with short 10-15 minute errands to build both your and your pet’s confidence.
Then, you can progress to longer hour-long errands and ultimately longer stays away from home.
If you do too much too soon, your dog will become anxious and may resort to destructive habits like tearing up carpeting and furniture.
You might not think leaving your dog home alone is a big deal, but it takes a while to make sure he or she is ready to be left alone.
From building your puppy’s social skills to working up your time away in increments, you must make preparations to ensure your dog is ready to be left alone.
When you go out, always pet-proof your house and never leave your pet in a storage unit or other dangerous place.
Regardless of age, never leave a dog alone for over 10 hours.
DON’T: Leave Temptations Around
The bathroom which is full of potentially hazardous objects is also not a good place to keep a dog alone.
The garage is also full of dangerous chemicals and materials and is therefore not a good choice for your dog, either.
Never leave your dog in a storage unit. Like you, your dog (or any other animal) would not want to hang out for hours in your storage unit.
While this suggestion might seem obvious, people have put their pets in their storage units before, so it must be said.
If your puppy is a chewer likes to bite electrical wires, cover them up. If loves to search in the trash can, keep the garbage hidden away or securely covered.
Place all pills, medicines and cleaning products away and out of reach.
A variety of dog toys around will keep your dog busy and distracted. Boredom is one of the most common reasons dogs bites, digging or searching around.
DON’T: Be a Bad Example.
Dogs are sensitive to your emotions and energy and If you act anxious or nervous, your pup will feel it.
If you want your Dog to be calm, calm down yourself.
If you create a drama for leaving your dog alone and feel bad, your dog will do not understand why he/she should be happy if you leave him/her alone.
Conclusion: Leaving your Puppy Alone
After a short process, your dog can feel comfortable if you planning for leaving your puppy alone for a while.
Just remember not to be more of 10 hours away. Your dog needs to exercise, your dog needs to go to the bathroom and your dog needs to eat.