Before teaching him his first name, to be clean or to seat, the most important thing for us was to teach him to be alone. Indeed, living in an apartment and working all day, our first challenge was to teach him solitude in a serene way.
Basic knowledge to have in mind
«Loneliness is learned as soon as it arrives at your home, in a progressive way»
From the very first day, don't be non-stop with him, it will only strengthen the attachment excessively. If he follows you everywhere or you have him constantly in his arms, as soon as you go away he will experience it like a real heartbreak, and your neighbors will be on the front row seat! You have to get him used to being alone gradually: leave for 5 minutes, then 20, then 1 hour.
Do not say hello or goodbye to him, he must not assimilate a particular pattern.
8 true advices to keep your dog busy while you are away
1. Physical exercice
The best advice I can give is to spend your dog before you go! Exercise will not only trigger endorphin - the hormone of happiness - but will also tire your pooch. Your absence will then allow him to rest fully and calmly, without any anxiety.
2.It's raining toys
Offer him a toy that he does not often have access to, or that he cannot have in "service book" this will increase the value and interest of this toy in his eyes. Do not hesitate to bring out an old toy or to offer it a new one (from time to time).
Occupation toys - i.e Kong type - are also a great option, and will become your best allies on a daily basis. There are many different kinds. You can also easily create your own. Excavation mats, candy dispensers… Don't hesitate to diversify them. In addition to occupying it, it will stimulate my intelligence and attention.
3. A treasure hunt
Do not hesitate to hide treats or toys in your apartment or house. Nothing better than a good treasure hunt to keep him occupied, and in addition to work his awakening.
4. The reassuring blanket for the most anxious
Leave an item of clothing with your scent in its basket before leaving. He will appreciate this sweet scent that will reassure him during your absence.
5. Music to cool temper
Special dog sound backgrounds. For our part, Raymond is crazy about it! Very popular, these TV, radio and music shows for dogs are available everywhere online. It continuously diffuses pleasant and soothing sounds for our four-legged friends. Do not hesitate to leave the TV on, it will occupy it and bring a presence.
Be careful not to put too hard either so as not to stupefy him (and at the same time your neighbors!)
For the most greedy (be careful not to abuse the good things) you can leave a bone to chew on. This will keep him busy for several minutes if not hours!
7. Pheromones and flowers diffusers
They come in all forms: collars, tablets or indoor diffusers that release soothing pheromones for your dog. Choose products with natural origins.
Very trendy at the moment the cures of Bach Flowers. This mixture of plants positively influences emotions in everyday life. There are 38 different essences, and each has a specific role. It's up to you to find yours!
With Raymond we had to use this natural lavender and chamomile spray from Belly Dog, during the first nights and absences to soothe our loulou.
8. Limit the space available
At first, the smaller the space (such as a kitchen or back kitchen) the less diversions and the less chance of messing up. The goal is to encourage him to remain calm and peaceful in order to better experience the separation.
Choose a space where he is used to being, such as the room where there is usually his basket, or sleeps at night. He will be in a familiar environment and it will seem more normal to be alone.
Hire a pet sitter!
If you are away on a regular basis, consider hiring a pet sitter. Contrary to what you probably have in mind, it's not just for rich people. These services can be affordable such as a student. This person can then come regularly to occupy, spend or feed your dog. Several service offers are available through a large number of specialized sites or applications, but not only! To help you in your research, see my article dedicated to Pet sitters, to find your rare pearl.
Check out my article >> How and where to find the right pet sitter >>
Here are some tips, which I hope will make the difference. Tell me in the comments what works for you!