When You’re Not At Home. Entertain Your Dog
How to entertain your dog while you away? If a divider -separator is used:
Step 1. During the day, it is ok necessary to close the puppy behind the room divider, but at the same time one should be in the same room, that is, the puppy must see the owner, but not be able to approach him. For the first time, you can even sit next to the divider, but with your back to the puppy. If a puppy is “outraged”, sort of by closed doors, it is necessary to ignore this behavior, not to talk to the dog and not even to look at it. As soon as the puppy calms down and lies down, give him a treat and immediately open the doors of the divider. As you progress, you need to increase the puppy’s calm time, that is, give him a treat
Step 2. When the puppy will calmly react to a short distance with the owner, one should repeat the task, but this time leave the room and stay there for literally one minute. In this case, the puppy may panic, but no matter how he behaves, you must return to the room and ignore the puppy, as if nothing had happened. Go about your business. you need to let the puppy understand that nothing special is happening, the owner has left / came back – normal business. As soon as the puppy calms down, give him a treat and open the doors
Step 3. When the puppy can calmly withstand those 5 minutes with an owner’s absence , you can go out for longer period, but at the same time vary the time itself, i.e. first go out for 5 minutes, then 10, then again 5, then 15, so that the puppy could not predict how far the owner went. The time should not exceed 15 minutes.
Entertain Your Dog | What If You Don’t Want To Use The Divider
You can use the same principles to entertain your dog , but it should be in another room. When the dog gets nervous and misses his/her owner the situation can quickly get out of control and the dog starts to chew on furniture, rugs, clothing, shoes.
All of it is a outcome of the stress your furry friend experiences because it was not explained to him what his behavior should be while the owner is away. It is the owner’s duty to “explain” it to the dog.
Every human usually completes the same tasks every time he leaves the house. Closing windows, for example, makes sure the stove is turned off, washes his face, takes his keys…So even a puppy is very capable of remembering those routines .
And if the dog suffers from the separation anxiety, when you’re not at home, then all of those choirs are the signal that will tell: ” I am getting nervous, very soon I will be left by myself “.
Once more, your duty is to eliminate those negative signals. You can also do that by letting your dog know that your routine does not necessarily means that you are going away.
Entertaining Your Dog | For Example : You Can Confuse Your Dog
If your dog reacts to you tying your shoes before you leave, you can instead go to the kitchen and drink some coffee for example. That way your dog notices that shoes does not mean you will leave the house. Repeat few times a day, then a few days in a row.
That way the dog will develop the ” immunity” to your shoe tying, and will not associate it with your absence . When you are not at home you can also set your remote app to see what your dog is doing. Ha!
The puppy can cope with its fears, feel calm and confident in loneliness, if it understands that the owner always comes back. But it should be done gradually leaving the puppy , starting literally with a few minutes, then extending the time apart..
The same applies to the distance, before leaving the puppy alone in the apartment, it is necessary to teach him to stay alone in another room first. Entertain Your Dog.
Also if you entertain your dog by any means when you are home he will thank you .
That concludes our article on Entertain your dog when you are not at home
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