Polish Lowland Sheepdog Information
"Exquisite Wonder" -The Netherlands
Staying home alone
by Gerda Steekers
All my dogs have a problem with staying home alone. However, with all three of them together, it's not such a big problem. I can't leave one dog alone at home. I didn't practice enough with them to stay alone, because I have three and I don't want to walk with them each of them separately, simply because I don't have the time for that.
To avoid problems for staying alone, you have to practice from the start. There are a lot of strategies for teaching your PON puppy to stay alone :
Every exercise lasts only one or two minutes. If the puppy is not happy, consider making the exercise even shorter and start with 30 seconds until he becomes relaxed. If he can stay alone for a few minutes you can leave home and listen at the door to determine if he is calm. When he can stay calm for 20 minutes, he can stay alone longer at home.Sometimes he may stay alone for 30 minutes and then suddenly he is not calm after 2 or 3 minutes. If so, then you have to start all over again. Don't go inside when he is not calm but wait until he is calm and then go inside and ignore him. Don't ever give him attention or treats for being such a nice puppy who can stay alone at home.