I'm looking for some advise or even just words of reassurance! I have a 6month of Staffordshire Bullterrier who for the first 4months of having him was never left alone and slept with me in my bedroom at night as I was living with my parents. However my boyfriend and I have moved in together which means he is having to be left alone during the day from time to time which until my neighbour told me she heard him having 'a bit of a moan' I assumed he was fine! She said it doesn't bother her but by her telling me it bothers me as it makes me feel like a terrible owner! Is it likely he'll just get used to being alone eventually or is he too used to having company 24/7?? Also, he slept in our bedroom when we first moved in to get him settled but now we've put him downstairs in his crate (2 nights ago). He does cry a little, but again I'm worried he wont get used to sleeping/ being alone? I leave the radio on and a teddy that smells like me. I know people say to leave the puppy if crying, but my dog is trained and understands 'NO' so a couple of times when his whining got very loud we did tell him NO which seemed to work- should we continue with this?
Any advice or just comforting tales of people going through the same thing would be great! As I'm so worried about my pup! thanks
Donít worry he will be fine. When I first got my Shar-pei, Dashia, in May of 2007 my ex was home all the time and things were good. Dashia was never alone she always had Ron and his dog Geo.I was also working at a school so I had most of the summer off. Unfortunately things with me and Ron did not work out so Dashia and I moved, and Dashia was shocked. By then it was January of 2008 and I was back to work. I felt bad that Dashia cried too, so I gave her a room to play in while I was gone. Let me say big mistake, Dashia tore to carpet right off the floor. I was shocked to say the least, I had known that some Shar-pei are very destructive when left alone I just didnít think Dashia would. That night I decided she would have to be crated if I was not home. I had used the crate to train her but going back to it was hard after I had given In the first time. I had to be consistent if she wouldnít calm down she stayed in the crate. I had to only let her out when she would calm down and be quiet. I also had to cover her crate with a blanket when I went to work so she couldnít see outside or she went nuts with no one there to tell her no. She used her crate until she was 2 years old; she had to be in it if I went anywhere. I hated doing it to her but it was for her own good. Now I look back on it and I am proud of the results. She is a good dog and I only lost 1 carpet. Besides a crate is the safest place for a dog when there is no one there to watch them. (Provided it is not where they can reach dangerous things)Donít feel bad you are doing the right thing for him and you will thank yourself later.
Do not walk in front of me I might not follow. Do not walk behind me I might not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.
I am very lucky in the department. I wear hearing aids, and have a single family home(neighbors not close). When I get a new baby, the first thing I do is crate train. they can scream blood murder, and I can hear them. My husband drives a big rig, and I usually try to have the crate stuff done before he gets home. Otherwise he moans and groans more the the puppy lol.
I think she will do fine, and get used to being by herself. I also used a blanket and put if over the crate (like a bird) for the reluctant pup. That worked well. If you really wanted to, you could put the crate in your room. I know some people do that and it works well.
Make sure you put the pup in her crate while you are there so she does not associate being in her crate with your being gone. Look into stuffed Kongs. Never make a big thing about coming or going. Just act like you have been to the bathroom and are back. Never go to the crate right away when you get home. Take a few minutes and look at the mail or something. (I know this is hard because your first instinct is to go to them right away) When you leave just leave do not talk to the dog it makes them anxious. Good Luck !!!!