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Q: Puppy- While I'm at work

September 29, 2008 | By Alicia | 11 answers | Expired: 2145 days ago

Alicia

Today is the first day of leaving my 3 month old teacup yorkie home alone while I am at work. OI set up my large bathroom with a play area with an arrangement of toys, a food/water area, training pad area as well as a place to rest. I left the bathroom door open with a child gate in the door entrance. I have had the dog for just over a week. Last week I worked from home but this week I am unable to. I've arranged my work schedule to allow me to go hoem for lunch to be with the puppy.

I hated leaving this morning as the puppy was crying... He doesn't cry himself to sleep so I'm worried that the puppy will be crying for hours. I wish I could explain to him my reasoning for leaving and wished he knew how difficult it was doing so. I'll admit I cried this morning as well as last night at the thought of not being with him...

Is there anything I can do to make this easier on both of us? Should I leave the TV on or radio on in the background? I left a few of my shirts that I've worn the past several days so he can smell my scent near him.

It's so hard for me to leave my puppy at home while I am at work. I am very new to this...

Does anyone have any recommendations for me?

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Alexismk4
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Oct 08, 2008

I agree with Marla. It's difficult leaving your dog alone but it gets easier. I suggest getting a small kennel or crate, your dog isn't very large and a smaller kennel will help he feel safer. Also I would suggest leaving the television on (Or perhaps a radio station, maybe a talk station). I found that this helps my dogs with seperation anxiety.

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Anonymous
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Oct 04, 2008

I know this might not be too popular with some people but it would be best if you got him a kennel. That way he would be safer while you are at work and won't get into anything that will hurt him. He will also house train quicker because a dog does not want to go where he sleeps. They actually love a kennel because it is like a cave kind of like when they are in the wild. It is security to them.

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Heather
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Oct 03, 2008

Your puppy needs a routine. Don't fuss over him in the AM, but make sure he has a good exercise and a chance to potty before you leave. Follow a routine, and he will learn to be comfortable with that routine. If you are fussy, he will be fussy. If you act calm, he will learn that everything is ok. I would bet money he fusses for a few minutes then sleeps or entertains himself the rest of the time you're gone. Just remember, giving attention to a dog that is doing anything you don't want the to do will encourage the behavior. Ignore the fussing at all costs - or you will be stuck with it forever.

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Marilyn T.
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Oct 01, 2008

We're in the same boat. I just got my 12+ Cavapoo, Lily, this past Saturday, September 27th, but work 30 minutes away including toll roads and a lot of traffic. That makes it very hard to come home during a one hour lunch. I leave Lily crated in the morning after a walk, feeding, and playtime. My boyfriend works a little closer to home, so he comes by briefly during lunch to take Lily outside. Then, we both get home at about six o'clock for Lily's next feeding and playtime.

We've been crating her for brief periods while we're home and her fussing has gone way down! I've read that in about four weeks, if you keep to routine, she should not only be potty trained but also used to being crated.

I'm also thinking about using poochie bells tied to the front door so Lily will learn the ring a bell when she wants to go out.

Best of luck to you! I hope there'll be update on your Yorkie's progress later on. =)


~Marilyn

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Rose  C.
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Oct 01, 2008

My dog was about 4 months old when we adopted her. I kept her crated while I was at work. I made a point of running her in the morning so she would have a chance to get a little exercise. I went home at lunch and ran her again. She did very well. I think it was because she never had to wait more than 4 hours to get out.
Within a week she had settled into the routine and I think she spent most of her crate time napping. I think the secret is to let them get some real exercise several times a day. A tired dog is a good dog!

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Stephanie L.
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Sep 30, 2008

Stop being a baby.

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Heather
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Sep 29, 2008

I agree with leaving someting on for him. Classical music is very soothing. Leaving something of yours with your sent will help and some interactive toys are also good. Try feeding him a kong stuffed with can food that is frozen. Try leaving him for some real short periods and then come back open the door and don't make a big deal. don't make a big deal when you put himin either. But starting when you are home for a few minutes at a time should help .

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Anonymous
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Sep 29, 2008

I leave animal planet on for my pup when I know I will be gone for many hours and she is completely alone. Your pup will get used to you leaving for work though and it'll get easier over time.

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Mamachrissy
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Sep 29, 2008

My friend leaves cmt on for her dogs. It keeps them calm.

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Heather R.
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Sep 29, 2008

I definatly say leave on something to make noise but you have to leace the dog once in a while you may not want to but the dog has got to learn to be confortable alone.

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