The weather outside can be cold and frightful, but inside your home, it can still be cold and dangerous. If a puppy lives indoors and needs its mother to keep it warm, a puppy may actually prefer your home warm and may not do as you tell it to. Therefore, you must teach your puppy to behave just like a canine baby.
Where do you keep your puppy inside your home? The best option is a hard plastic crate (ensure it is adequately ventilated). You could put a blanket and toy in with your pup.
You will only notice a significant difference in your puppy if you regularly keep it inside a crate. However, this is only practical if you have a garden or backyard. Keep a considerable amount of toys and chews for your puppy to play with so that it stays quite entertained.
If you leave your puppy inside the crate for too long, it will eventually go to the toilet in it. Leaving a puppy inside a crate for too long may not be wise because it could make it feel unloved. Sometimes we forget to allow our pet’s loving presence to ensure all its needs are met, and it becomes stressed.
If your puppy whines too much and you do not respond, you are not showing your puppy that it can have some comfort if it whines. You are giving it attention at the expense of making it understand that whining is no longer a beneficial behavior.
Make sure your puppy knows this isn’t acceptable behavior when you leave; when you return, your puppy will continue to whine. This makes the puppy believe that whining is an effective behavior to obtain food and survival.
Discipline your puppy. If you want your puppy to perform certain behavior only, it must know you are not abandoning it. We all like to be around people whom we like, and we know that this isn’t always going to happen if we leave our puppy alone. Separation anxiety is quite a common behavior in puppies. Puppies who are isolated from their litter or family aren’t prepared for socialization. It does take some time to help them adjust to their new environment. You can help your puppy by feeding it exclusively and providing it with lots of attention and love. This doesn’t always need to be a full-time job; however, try to devote 15-30 minutes a day to something as easy as splashing with your puppy in a pool. Taking your puppy on vacation with you is also an excellent idea. The change of environment will help your puppy adjust and feel at home.
How does your puppy learn to deal with you leaving? With patience and understanding, leaving your puppy alone for a period of time won’t hurt it. Your puppy may whine for a little while, but it won’t take long to sink in that he is safe and that you are also leaving him alone.
Don’t make a big deal about leaving the house; when you return, don’t make a big deal out of it either. Simply acknowledge your puppy and put him into his crate. This not only teaches him that he gets affection for being alone but also slowly but surely decreases his anxiety when you are gone. It is also very important that other family members get involved in the puppy’s crating training as well.
These are just a few ways you can use crate training to help your puppy to cope with the hard reality of life. Keep in mind that nothing really should hurt your puppy; however, it is your responsibility as the owner to help him learn to cope with his life.