I have a Tibetan Terrier puppy. She is 4 months old. I've had her for 1 week. The breeder never crated her and she was house trained when I got her so I didn't get a crate. I have a small area off the back of my kitchen - about 4feet by 5feet - it has a tile floor and an open doorway. So I put a gate at the door, I put her bed in there with a bunch of toys, chew things etc., and a bowl of water. I work in by basement running a playschool for small children. I do this only 3 hours each morning, just 4 days a week. So when I need to go downstairs to work, or out for errands, I put her in her space, calmly tell her I'll be back later and go downstairs. Well, she sort of loses her mind! The poor thing cries and whines and continually jumps to try and get over the gate. (She did get over the first few we tried but now we have one she can't jump.)I think the problem is made worse by the fact that she can hear us in the basement and of course she wants to come down. I make sure I let her go out and play hard for a while before I will be leaving her. She should be tired enough to sleep but she's too anxious. What can I do to help her settle down? Will it just get better over time or is there something else I should be doing?
Sounds to me that she's trying to train you. Ignore her and she'll get used to the idea. Don't call up to her, don't go back and check on her, nothing. She wants what she wants and she has to at least try to get it. Once she sees that it won't work, she's smart enough to stop. She had to give it a shot, though.