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Puppy Home Alone
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I am fostering a puppy found under a vacant house one week ago.
He is very friendy despite his first two months of life without
people. He loves me and follows me everywhere. I am thinking
about keeping him, but hesitate because I work full time. I am
looking for advice on how to manage this situation -- and if
anyone thinks it's a bad idea to leave a puppy alone all day. He
is an australian shepard/chow mix if that matters.
I am a firm believer in crate training. We adopted a 6 mo old
puppy and started to crate train him right away. It really
seemed to help with house training and he did not tear up
the house while we were away for 10 or so hours a day. We
let him go to the bathroom right before we left and as soon
as we got home. You do have to give the puppy lots of
attention when you get home, but puppies require lots of
attention no matter what the situation. Good Luck
There's nothing wrong with leaving a puppy home alone when you
go to work. But puppies are very hyper, and they're social
creatures. So there are a number of things you can do to help
get your puppy used to being home alone: Leave a radio or TV on.
Make sure he has a toy or two, especially something he can chew
on, like a rope bone. If at all possible, install a doggie door,
so he can go out and take care of business while you're gone.
One thing that really worked with my two dogs, especially the
first, who was alone for 11 months before the second one joined
our household, is we always give the dogs treats when we leave.
That way, they almost look forward to our leaving. It's a happy
thing when we leave.
That said, there are people who will advocate keeping your dog
in a crate while your gone, provided he's crate-trained, because
it's a secure place. I never liked the thought of this, myself,
because I liked knowing that my dog was able to get some
exercise (even if it was merely barking at the mail carrier) and
if you confine a puppy to a crate, you have to come home at
regular intervals to let him relieve himself.
You might confine your puppy to just one or two rooms at first,
until you're sure that he's not going to chew up the household.
Baby gates are great for this.
Good luck. Puppies are a lot of fun and grow up to be wonderful
This is doable, but you would need to crate the dog. No, it is
not cruel, we did it for the first 3 - 4 months of our toy poodle
life and it is routine for training. You will need to invest in
a crate large enough with growth in mind, they grow fast! for
him to move around in, poop in and with water bowl on front.
Please call Sirous Dog Training, if you can't find number, call
the Lucky Dog Pet Store in Berekeley. Not only do you need to
get your dog into the evening puppy classes held at Live Oak park
right away, they can help you with the crate idea's. I do think
you may need someone to come and allow him out after about 4
hours he is still to young to be expected to go that long without
pottying and company but after 6 months or so, he will be ok.
A dog is a huge investment in love and basic training is only
fair for all the love you will get in return. )no I am not
affliated with Sirous(. And the crate theory harkens to being in
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