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04-03-2014 04:36 PM
Daisyline
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That is too much. Leave him outdoor not earlier than at 3 months of his age.

He is three months (14 weeks). And he is left in the pen with my min pin (they get along great and usually cuddle) it's on my porch so I'm not worried about him getting into anything. Like grass / rocks.
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I may be wrong but I feel this is a better option than leaving him crated while I need to clean, vacuum, or go to school. At night he is in the crate by our bed.


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04-03-2014 04:28 PM
David Taggart He cries now so badly because he hasn't get over his bad experience being separated from his mother, he is afraid that this experience could be repeated, give him time to start feeling comfortable. You will notice it by him exploring the house on his own and going to his toys himself.
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I put him in his outdoor pen
That is too much. Leave him outdoor not earlier than at 3 months of his age.
Use his crate, this is a good advice:
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Practice leaving him alone for short periods, like a few minutes at first. ALWAYS wait until he's been quiet for at least 10 seconds before you let him out and give him attention. In this way, he will learn that crying won't get him anywhere, but being calm and quiet does. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend apart. When you greet him again after being apart, do it in a calm and matter-of-fact way.
Then go shopping leaving him in his crate, first for one hour, then for two. In a month time you can leave him in a Daycare Centre For Puppies for half the day, then for the day long. And it would be a good idea to leave him for a week in Kennels when he is five-six months.
04-03-2014 03:55 PM
Daisyline But I'll try working with him tonight about being apart.


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04-03-2014 03:53 PM
Daisyline I have tried the peanut butter kong which he has absolutely no interest in it amazes me. He isn't really that food driven he seems more me driven lol. The peanut butter thing threw me though because we used to have a beagle who would go NUTS over peanut butter bombs could be going off And he wouldn't care.


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04-03-2014 03:34 PM
Freestep Dogs need to be able to cope with being alone. It's hard for puppies, though. Since you've only had him a week, he hasn't fully integrated in his new home. Practice leaving him alone for short periods, like a few minutes at first. ALWAYS wait until he's been quiet for at least 10 seconds before you let him out and give him attention. In this way, he will learn that crying won't get him anywhere, but being calm and quiet does. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend apart. When you greet him again after being apart, do it in a calm and matter-of-fact way.

Also, bones and peanut butter filled Kongs help.
04-03-2014 02:58 PM
Shade You can practice leaving a room and having her wait patiently without following. Start with 10 seconds, then 30 seconds, then 5 minutes, etc. You're simply putting the idea into her head that "mom is leaving me alone but that's ok because she'll be back soon."

If she fusses or follows she gets put back in the exact spot, no scolding just simply move her back, tell her to wait and then leave again. It's very helpful to have a bed, blanket, mat, even just a towel on the floor to mark the exaxt spot you want her to stay. She gets rewarded big time every time she stays quietly where you told her to while you're moving around, it's mental exercise as well which is great for wearing them out. You can look up "the long down" which is the term most people use.

She's still very young so keep your expectations low at first and work your way up

You can also crate her, give her a stuffed kong and leave for a few minutes. Same idea
04-03-2014 02:16 PM
Daisyline Ok this may be a silly question but how do y'all recommend I work on it. Like what should I do?


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04-03-2014 01:23 PM
DixieGSD Mine used to do this as well, even if I'd go into the bathroom and shut the door she'd whine. Now she know's that It's not for to long and I will always come back lol. Just work on it just to make sure it won't become a problem, like everyone else has said
04-03-2014 12:31 PM
blackshep My pup did this for some time when she was very little. It's a good idea to work on it, just to make sure it doesn't become a problem.
04-03-2014 11:25 AM
Shade It may or may not depending on the dog.

It's never a bad thing to get a dog used to seperation for short periods, just like you introduce them to a crate, car, etc. You may use it very rarely but the dog realizes it's safe and normal to be alone for short periods or seperated from specific pack members.
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