Departure and homecoming:
- Initial daytime departures should be when your puppy is tired and likely to sleep (They sleep alot so this is easy!)
- Use a crate big enough for a sleeping area and a toileting area or make a pen or just a puppy-proofed room.
- Provide food-stuffed toys to encourage licking behaviour (this is self-soothing).
- Keep TV/radio on if normally on when you are at home.
- Consider a doggy camera so you can monitor them while you are out.
- When you return, wait until your puppy is calm before interacting with them. Do not ignore them if they are distressed. If persistent then try a simple command followed by a treat to calm them down.
- Never punish your puppy for any destruction, barking or mess in your absence. This would simply increase their worries and make it more likely to happen again.
- Every puppy is different and for difficult cases we recommend speaking to a qualified dog trainer or behaviourist.
Place the collar on your puppy right after adoption, and keep it on your puppy’s neck at all times.