Train your Puppy to be Home Alone

Train your Puppy to be Home Alone

Dogs are very social animals, they are used to live together. Being home alone is not something they are used to. You need to teach your puppy not to be anxious or stressed when you leave the house and you must give the confidence that you will always return. leave a puppy home alone

With Yara we started leaving her home alone, 4 days after we brought her home. Why, because Prevention is better than cure. If your don’t teach your puppy or dog to stay home alone in a good way, your dog can have problems with the staying home alone such as barking, whining, pillowcases and uncleanliness that came with this fear of not be taught properly. And this is not only sad for your dog, but it can also causes big problems with your neigbours.

First create a safe environment for your puppy, it means that your puppy should feel happy in your home. Give your puppy a couple of days to get used to everything in the house and the smell of his new environment. In these days you don’t leave your puppy alone.

A bench or room kennel can be a good tool in learning to be alone at home.
The benefits are twofold: The bench becomes his own indoor home, his secure and safe place
. And by restraining your puppy you prevent unwanted behavior such as demolishing your furniture or laying on the couch. For the bench also applies, of course, that your dog must first get used to it really see as his own safe and happy place.

The second condition to leave your puppy home alone is that your puppy must be indepent enough to feel safe without you being present. Normally you bring your puppy home when he is 8 weeks old. In those 8 weeks he was surrounded with his mother and brothers and sisters. When he arrives at your home, he wil miss them, it will take him some time to get used to his new home and his new Pack (You). From now on your puppies focus will be on you, he depents on you. If you leave him alone right away is will feel as  life-threatening for your puppy, so he will start whining and barking to call the other members of his pack. If this does not work, then your dog can start with uncleanliness and/or demolition behavior. Urinate and/or defecate in this situation, have to do with the rising of the tension and anxiety, and not so much with potty awareness. If people are nervous they also need to go to the bathroom more often.

Also demolishing is due to stress. In his panic your dog wants to dig his way out (scratching at doors and window posts) or he will take a bite out of your couch. People have the same ways to relieve stress press play with a pen, nail-biting, smoking or tapping with the foot.

 When do you know your puppy is ready to train to be home alone?

When you leave a room and your puppy doesn’t follow. Then he feels comfortable in his home. What you can do when you start with the training is to ignore your puppy 15 minutes before you leave. What we do with Yara is. We put the television off 15 minutes before I leave and we make her a Kong with kong stuffin

Then I leave the house and at first I was back in 5 minutes, we have a webcam on the crate so we can monitor her behavior, but if you have no webcam, you have to listen if he doesn’t make a sound anymore, because if you go in while your puppy is whining or barking you will stimulate that behaviour. You repeat this several days, or 2 times a day, till your puppy stays quiet. Then your puppy feels safe and secure when you leave the house. 

Again if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below

Cheers Simone, Yara & (Nikita)

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9 Responses

  1. Hans says:

    Hi, great post, just what I needed to know, I’m getting my puppy next week, it is a labrador.

    • Simone says:


      Great that you are having a puppy, have fun with him or her 🙂 And if you ever need some advice on training, or you have a question, I’ll be happy to help you.

      Cheers Simone

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