Alone at home
Alone at home
You spent the first days of your puppy's stay in your home together. And that's just fine. The little guy got used to the environment, got to know his new family members, and stopped whining at night.
You spent the first days of your puppy's stay in your home together. And that's just fine. The little guy has gotten used to the environment, gotten to know his new family members, and stopped whining at night. But you are terrified that you will have to go to work soon, leaving Jack home alone.
He will be very concerned about being separated from you. He won't understand why everyone has abandoned him and left him alone. The puppy may cry, bark, chew anything in his field of vision, dig, leave puddles. This is not to annoy you. These are signs of his anxiety and desire to find you.
So how do you prepare little Jack for his moments of solitude? Many first-time owners make the same mistake: when they buy a puppy they take a vacation and stay with him 24 hours a day. But then one day they simply leave for work, leaving the puppy in a state of shock. Get Jack used to be away from you while you're on vacation gradually. Leave him alone for a few minutes at first, then increase the amount of time. Each time you come back, praise him. Let him understand that you are not leaving him, that you will come back to him. And this return will be a pleasant moment of his life.
Before you leave, take your puppy for a walk so he can run around and be tired. Small puppies sleep a lot, so after his walk, he's more likely to fall asleep.
Leave your puppy with a new squeaky toy to attract his attention and some tasty chewy bones. Pick it up when you return and only give it to him when you leave.
The puppy should be in some limited, safe place where he has plenty of room to move and sleep. Don't leave Jack's entire apartment unrestricted. He's bound to find toys that are dangerous to him - wires, small things to choke on, or objects that are dear to your heart. Don't lock your baby in the bathroom or toilet, since there's no daylight or windows and he'll worry too much. The best solution is to get a large, comfortable cage that the puppy will think of as his home.
When leaving, leave the radio or CD on so Jack can hear human speech.