Puppy crying up a storm every time you leave the house? Unless you're willing to become a stay-at-home mom, your furry kid must get used to being alone. So toughen up and teach Fido a lesson on no-more-whining. Don't expect miracles -- it might take a little time.
Make Sure Your Pup is Pooped
Go out for a run with puppy right before you have to leave. Or take him to the yard and play catch or "throw the Frisbee" or "chase Mom like crazy" for a while. Don't leave him alone in the house until he's so tired he can barely keeps his eyes open. A puppy full of energy alone at home? Whining is guaranteed.
Get A Kennel
Now, you have two options. Either lock your pup in the kennel before you leave or train him to use the kennel as his safe place but leave the gate open. If you don't want to lock him up while you're out, a kennel can still become a good place to hide and look for security when the world feels like a big, bad place.
Turn on the TV or Radio
Doggie might be whining because he hears sounds from outside -- either fun sounds (e.g. dogs barking and playing that he can't join) or bad sounds (e.g. thunderstorms). Experiment with different volumes and channels to see what's more effective. In order to compare, though, you'll either have to leave a nanny camera on so you can observe him or you can step outside and pretend you're leaving, but stay close enough to see how long the whining lasts.
Keep Him Busy
Give puppy something to do while you're gone. How about a Kong toy so he can fish for treats? If he's busy thinking about food and fun, he's less likely to remember you're gone.
by Tammy Dray
About the Author
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.