If you are a first-time puppy parent, I’m sure you are finding out, that it’s not as easy as you thought it would be and you are probably finding that you have a lot of questions about what to do and how to do things right so that your puppy will grow to be a well-adjusted adult dog.
The question we are going to help with today is, when can I start leaving my puppy alone?
It seems as though everywhere we go these days you see people and their puppies or dogs together not just on a walk or at the park but everywhere. I know my fur babies go just about everywhere with me.
My fur babies are like my kids if they aren’t with me I tend to worry about them probably more than I should. I don’t really know why since all three of them are over 2 years old and I know they aren’t destroying the house or anything,
Even though I and they prefer to go for rides with me and socialize with other people and dogs they aren’t always able to go with me some times they have to stay home alone.
When Can I Start Leaving My Puppy Alone:
If you are a new puppy parent you may be wondering, when can I start leaving my puppy alone? or how long can I leave my puppy alone?
If you have asked either question it’s ok, I will help you with that if you take a couple of minutes for this article.
We all have work school or something going on that will force us to leave our fur babies alone, be it tomorrow, next week or next month.
The simple answer to when you can start leaving your puppy alone is as soon as you have too. Your new puppy should be 8-10 weeks old and can be left alone for short periods of time by now.
It is true that when you get a puppy you should be spending as much time together as you possibly can, getting to know one another bonding and teaching them the do’s and dont’s of their new life.
It is also crucial for your new puppy to be taught or trained to be alone. You want your puppy to be able to relax and enjoy being alone or at least not hate it to the point that it causes destructive behavior in your dog.
The trick to leaving your puppy alone is simply being prepared and there are a few things that will help you and your puppy handle being alone and make it easier for you both.
How do you prepare your puppy to be left alone? That’s a good question so here are some tips along with a few supplies that will help when you start leaving your puppy alone.
An Hour A Month Rule:
- Your new puppy doesn’t have a lot of bladder control yet. They say that a puppy can hold it for an hour per month of age until your puppy is around 6 months or so, 2 months old he can hold his bladder for 2 hours 3months 3 hours and so on.
- After 6 months a puppy should be able to wait 8 hours without going outside. Any longer than 8 hours is asking too much and it’s unreasonable to expect any age dog to have to wait so long.
- Although I am not a fan of potty pads for house training puppy, if you have to leave them for more then 2 hours alone then potty pads should be used but only when you can’t be there and until your puppy is house trained
Pet Gates And Or Pet Crate:
- Having a designated small blocked off area for your puppy or crate training makes everything so much less stressful, When you first get your puppy everything he sees, does, smells, everything is new to them and they will want to check it all out
- if you can’t have your eyes on them, a safe designated closed off area keeps your puppy safe and keeps your house safe.
Toys And Treats:
- If a puppy is bored he will be lonely but if your puppy has fun squeaker toys or chew toys to play with he can entertain himself playing with them.
- You can also hide treats for your puppy to find or get him fun puzzle games to keep him/her busy. They have some great learning games for pets these days.
- If possible, getting your puppy when you have a couple of days off work or school works best so you can get to know your puppy.
- Take the time to see how your puppy reacts to you quietly leaving him alone. If your puppy whines and yaps or throws a puppy tantrum you will have to train your puppy to be alone.’
Now that you know when you can start leaving your puppy alone and how long he/she can wait to go outside maybe you have decided you don’t want to leave your puppy alone at all, or for more than 4 hours, or whatever the case you don’t want to leave your puppy alone.
There are a couple of alternatives to leaving your puppy alone that you may want to look in to.
You can check out your local doggy daycares for hours and prices. A lot of puppy parents have chosen this route some will even keep your puppy or dog while you go on vacation.
Another option for you is finding a dog walker in your area. A lot of people have a dog walker come once or twice a day for half an hour or hour. This option is less costly of course.
A third alternative is what we do for our fur babies. If we know that we will be leaving our dogs for more than 3 or 4 hours we pay a good friend to come and dog-sit for us.
I know having your own little road dog or sidekick by your side is great but you shouldn’t take your puppy everywhere all the time simply because your puppy may get so attached to you that when you do start leaving your puppy alone he could have issues with separation anxiety.
Being a new puppy parent can be overwhelming I’m sure if you have never had a dog before its a huge life adjustment especially if you aren’t prepared.
When can I start leaving my puppy alone is probably just one of the many questions you have or will have. If you haven’t puppy-proofed your home yet use the best puppy proofing checklist in 2020.
Please take the time to learn about crate training your puppy, when your puppy has been crate trained properly they will love their crate and go to it on their own when they want their own space. It’s like their own bedroom.
Although it is hard to leave your sweet little ball of fur alone especially at first when they are so small I promise you puppies have been left alone before 8 weeks of age and been fine for hundreds and thousands of years.
The difference between now and 40 or 50 years ago is that we have other possibilities if we don’t want our fur babies left alone now where before the alternative to leaving them alone in the house was leaving them outside for many hours.