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Old 10-30-2013, 09:17 AM
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Going back to work

Good day to everyone!

Just want ideas to make this an easy transition for our puppy who is now 6 months old and for me.

I am going back to work soon. Our pup needs to get used to be being alone. Honestly, I am still not confident in leaving her running around the house outside of her crate when no one is there to watch her. But i also feel bad leaving her in the crate the whole day when we work in the mornings.

I was supposed to leave early this morning but our puppy decided to play the chasing game when i try to get her to stop so i can remove her harness which she decided its a chew toy and have her eat while i leave. I ended up being late and decided to come in later. I know I cannot get frustrated at her, but i just started to think that once i come back to work and need to go soon..chasing for her to get in the crate will take a huge amount of time and she does not get that i need to go like ASAP. That made me frustrated chasing at her, i started to yell and threw a tantrum myself. I know im not supposed to do that but that made her stop in her running and allowed me to put her in the crate so she can eat. She started whining when i left the room, when i saw that i will be late anyway, i decided to come back. She then decided to eat when i am in the room with her. She is now sleeping in her crate.

This is getting out of hand, i know she does well with the separation anxiety training with her. But eventually she needs to learn to be alone and us be confident in letting her roam around without any accidents or destruction to come home to.

I am running out of ideas to deal with her separation anxiety...spend too much money on chews (which she finishes all the time), i give her a stuffed kong (with cheese) but with cheese being salty she needs to drink water so i do not do that very often, one friend suggested peanut butter with crushed kibble (realized that she does not like peanut butter), then giving her meal in the crate before we leave and let her eat while we are gone (which works most of the time)

I am thinking on enrolling her to a dog daycare during the week, but its too expensive! $27 for a whole day?! And there is no other closer to us.

This is driving me nuts. Please help!
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First off...it doesn't sound like she would be safe left un-crated without any sort of supervision. I wouldn't feel bad about leaving her crated-she'll probably end up sleeping most of the time anyways. Make it comfy and then crate = bedtime. She's safe, your house is safe...everyone wins.

I would use her meals as treats when you're training, then give her half a chew or cookie as a reward for going into her crate. Do more crate training, so that she's calm when you ask her to go in and it's not an invite to play.

Good luck!!
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