Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Pierre, South Dakota
What I did was to train my Sting when he was a pup to be alone. First I took him for a walk so he was tired, then he has his short crate time - I put him in his crate with is favorite toy - calmly told him "good bye" and left the house only at first for 15 minutes. I came back - told him calmly" hello "and released him to go outside and potty. The idea is to gradually increase the time so the pup learns it is best to take a nap. If I crated him when I was at home, I closed the bedroom door - sure he cried at first - but again since I had made sure he was tired out, he soon learned to take nap. I also made sure not to open the bedroom door when he was crying - I waited until he was quiet. The first time it took 30 minutes, but after that - he didn't cry. But I didn't crate too much - I also had him follow me around (I tied his leash to my belt) while I did chores - he learned to follow - watch - and that he would be with me, but I was busy - it is also a good way to catch any housebreaking accidents.
Sting Chance von Gaard AKC GSD 2/8/2006