1. CRATE TRAINING One of the best things you can do with any puppy is crate training. Crate training allows you to safely leave your pup alone for period of time during the day. Crate train your puppy, making the crate a safe place that your puppy loves to be in. That way when youâÂÂre gone, your puppy will feel safe and secure. 2. TIME LIMITS You can only leave a puppy alone for so long. Those little guys have smaller bladders and less control over those bladders than adult dogs. When leaving a puppy alone during the day, youâÂÂll need to either have a friend stop over every 2 to 3 hours to check in on your pup and take him for a walk or hire someone to do it. Otherwise, your puppy either gets very uncomfortable, makes a potty mess all in his crate, or both. 3. CHOOSE A GOOD SPOT If you decide not to go with the crate training route, youâÂÂll want to find a safe room for leaving him at home alone. ItâÂÂs not a good idea to give your pup free reign of the house while youâÂÂre gone. Not only is this completely unsafe for your pup, but also for your valuables! Puppies chew by nature, and when theyâÂÂre bored or scared, they chew even more. 4. FOOD AND WATER You shouldnâÂÂt leave food down when leaving a puppy alone. In general, you want your puppy to be on a feeding schedule. In addition to the importance of keeping them on a schedule, it controls how often they have to defecate. YouâÂÂll want to leave water for them, however. Just refer to the time limit section above. If youâÂÂre crate training, make sure you put the water in a bowl that isnâÂÂt easily spilled. You donâÂÂt want your pup sitting in a mess for hours. Even if youâÂÂre opting for a gated room, you still want to make sure your pup canâÂÂt dump his water bowl. 5. PRACTICE SAFETY Just like toddlers, puppies get into everything, so when leaving a puppy alone at home, youâÂÂll want to be sure everything is puppy proofed. Even if your puppy is crate trained, on the off chance that the door isnâÂÂt secured or he gets out, youâÂÂll want to ensure that he canâÂÂt get into anything dangerous. Just as you would with a baby, protect your pup by installing baby latches on cabinets and ensuring that anything dangerous or toxic is kept up and away from exploring mouths and paws.
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