Puppy crying out a storm every time you leave the house? Unless you're willing to become a stay-at-home mom, your furry kid must get used to being alone. So toughen up and teach Fido a lesson on no-more-whining. Don't expect miracles -- it might take a little time.
Go out for a run with puppy right before you have to leave. Or take him to the yard and play catch or "throw the Frisbee" or "chase Mom like crazy" for a while. Don't leave him alone in the house until he's so tired he can barely keeps his eyes open. A puppy full of energy alone at home? Whining is guaranteed.
Get a kennel. Now, you have two options. Either lock your pup in the kennel before you leave or train him to use the kennel as his safe place but leave the gate open. If you don't want to lock him up while you're out, a kennel can still become a good place to hide and look for security when the world feels like a big, bad place.
Leave the TV or radio on. Doggie might be whining because he hears sounds from outside. Either fun sounds -- dogs barking and playing that he can't join -- or bad sounds -- thunderstorms, for example. Experiment with different volumes and channels to see what's more effective. In order to compare, though, you'll either have to leave a nanny camera on so you can observe him or you can step outside and pretend you're leaving, but stay close enough to see how long the whining lasts.
Give puppy something to do while you're gone. How about a Kong toy so he can fish for treats? If he's busy thinking about food and fun, he's less likely to remember you're gone.
- Don't go from "home all day" to "see you in 12 hours." Instead, practice leaving for short periods of time so your pup can adjust to the idea of being alone. Puppies might think they're being abandoned when they're alone, so coming back after 15 minutes or half an hour will reassure them it's OK, you're not leaving forever. Increase the "gone" time a bit at a time.
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