How To Train Puppy To Be Alone

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Getting a cute fluffy puppy is a fun and exciting experience it can, however, be somewhat challenging if this is your first puppy. The first year or two is the hardest of all the years you will get to spend with your puppy.

Don’t get me wrong puppies are a blast and the bond formed between you and your puppy is priceless but the reality is there is a lot of work that comes with raising a well-adjusted adult dog,  especially if you arent prepared.

It certainly helps to know or at least have an idea of what to expect from your new puppy and you should know that there are many things that you can do to make life for you and your puppy easier.

In all of the years, I have spent raising the cutest puppies into wonderful adult dogs I have learned a lot, and learning how to train puppy to be alone has been one of the most valuable things I have learned.

When most of us get a puppy it’s over a weekend or whenever you have a couple of days off so you can spend time with your new puppy bonding, introducing them to their new family, home, and yard while also establishing a routine.

We get all caught up on making sure puppy knows where the door is and where we want them to go potty and establishing a routine of some sort, and when they aren’t eating sleeping or going potty you are playing with them.

After the first day or two or at some point the time will come when puppy has to be left alone without any supervision and most of us don’t realize that we are forgetting a major part of what will be routine, being alone.

Knowing how to train puppy to be alone is just as important as knowing how to house train puppy. If you are unsure of how to train puppy to be alone here are some steps and tips for you to follow.

First, you should know that training your puppy how to be alone does not have to be that hard. There are just a few things you will want to have for your puppy that makes it easier to train puppy to be alone.


  • Crate training has gotten a bad wrap mostly because of those who use the crate to lock their pets up day and night. You should do you and your puppy a favor and at least look a little deeper in to crate trainingWhen your puppy is crate trained, the crate can be a helpful aid in many other aspects of training.
  • Keep in mind that if puppy is under six months of age they cant hold their blatter for any longer than 3 or 4 hours. If puppy is under four months of age 2 hours and maybe 3 hours is the longest they can hold their blatter without going.
  • If you have to leave puppy for longer than his/her blatter will last in the crate then you will definitely come home to a messy crate and puppy and have to bathe puppy and clean the crate and everything inside.
  • I discovered that using the metal fold-down crate works the best. You can keep the trey out and put the Potty pads under the crate so it holds the pad in place and if you don’t make it back before they have to go all you do is remove the pad and Prince the cage but no mess like in a plastic crate
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  • If you have decided you don’t like the crate you will want some pet gates to confine your puppy to a small designated area where puppy cant do any damage to anything around the house and no damage can be done to puppy when you have to leave puppy alone. It is a good idea until you are sure your puppy is completely trained.
  • If puppy is under six months of age and you have to leave them for more than 3 or 4 hours leaving them in a closed-off designated area is the best way to go so that you can leave a potty pad for them to go on while you are away.


  • The interactive dog toys are great for keeping your puppy busy and if they are busy they don’t have time to be lonely. They have interactive puzzle toys, hide n seak toys, and squeak toys all wonderful for entertaining your puppy while you are away.


  • Dog treat balls are good for keeping your dog occupied while you are away from home.
  • You can also hide treats around the designated area in safe places for your puppy to find while you are away.
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  • If you want to be able to keep an eye on your fur baby while you are away a nanny cam works, they also have pet cams now that you can talk through to your dog and some even let you dispense treats to your dog from a remote location.

It is true that you can learn how to train puppy to be alone without any of the items on the list above but with the items above you may not even have to know how to train puppy to be alone.

Now let’s get into the steps concerning how too train puppy to be alone. Like I said some of you around 60% of you may be lucky and your puppy may be ok with being left alone.

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Keeping It Simple:

When you get your puppy home after you have shown him/her their new surroundings and where they should go potty you can play a little, show him/her new toys, or relax with puppy chances are though that they will want a nap since puppies spend over half their days sleeping.

For this part, you will want to make sure puppy has gone potty before leaving them alone in the room. For the first part of this training process, you aren’t going to put them in a crate or designated area because you are only leaving puppy for 5-10 minutes at a time.

You should, however, be leaving them in the same room you plan on having the crate or closed off area.

1:The best way to start is to see how puppy reacts to being left alone so walk out of whatever room you and puppy are in without making a fuss about leaving them in the room.

  • Chances are that puppy will follow you, if or when he does just continue to do what you are doing and don’t pay much mind to puppy being there because if you play with them or make a fuss over them following you and excite them they will think that’s what will happen every time you leave.
  • If puppy does stay behind in the room you will want to return to them in 5 or fewer minutes. If puppy is crying or whining try to wait for a break in the whining to go back in the room. Waiting is so they don’t associate whining with you coming back.
  • Repeat this step every 30 minutes or so keeping a door closed between you after the first time, increasing the time you are away each time.
  • I don’t reward my dogs with treats for everything but I do shower them with love and affection and give them the praise they love it so if your puppy is staying calm reward them with praise and love.


2: The second part of how to train puppy to be alone you will put puppy in his/her crate or closed off area once again not making a big deal of it. This is one of the times that crate training will come in handy.

  • Before putting puppy in crate make sure you have some toys to keep them busy while you are away. Be sure to give them at least 2 different toys so they can have a choice to squeak or too chew on.
  • If you are leaving puppy in a confined area instead of a crate then try hiding a couple of treats in the confined area giving them a challenge for the time you are away.
  • Try leaving puppy alone for 5 minutes now that they are confined and praise them each time you come back increasing the time gone each time.
  • Puppy may whine a little at first just remember to try not to come in while puppy is whining so they don’t associate one with the other.
  • When I am crate training and puppy cries in the crate or anywhere they only get to go outside so that they associate whining with going outside.


If you follow the steps above you will know how too train puppy to be alone. Remember to start simple right away working up to longer more confined time alone.

If after following the steps and tips on how too train puppy to be alone, your puppy is still reacting severely to being left alone puppy may have more serious issues possibly separation anxiety and you should consult your neighborhood veterinarian, or dog behavior, specialist.

2 thoughts on “How To Train Puppy To Be Alone

  1. I really found your article to be very useful to anyone with a new puppy, and a crate is a lifesaver for your furniture and other home products with a puppy that loves to chew everything in sight. Even though I don’t keep my pup in his crate day and night, I do put him in his crate at night and when I have to go out. Puppies are very much like toddlers, they will get into things when alone they would never touch when you are with them


    1. I agree with you Jeff, I actually refused to use crates with my dogs for the longest time then when we got our Dolly we crate trained her for her safety and that is when I discovered how much she loves her crate. She is 2 years old and only uses the crate when she wants now which is actually quite a bit. The messes that crate saved when we left her alone PRICELESS.. She was a puppy that was always looking for something to mess with if we weren’t watching.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on this article, I hope to see you again here at


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