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Being left alone in exercise pen

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Lauren510, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. Lauren510

    Lauren510 PetForums Newbie

    Aug 21, 2013
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    We have a 10 week old Huskita who we are trying our hardest to get used to being left alone for short amounts of time.
    We have a crate and an exercise pen so she's not cooped up.
    The first few nights we had her in our room in the pen and she was happy to sleep as she was with us. The vet then told us to have her sleep downstairs as she needs to know boundaries (as she has Akita in her).
    She surprisingly slept soundly (apart from the initial 45 mins).
    So we thought we would try leaving her during the day. We have already been doing short periods of time (up to 20 mins) and she's been fine.
    Today we actually left the house (breaking up our leaving routine and giving her a treat to keep her occupied). When we came back 20 mins later she was howling and left the pen in an absolute state!
    Do we just need to persist with this until she finally realises we are coming back or is there something we are missing?
    We are looking at trying the Kong...if she's generally worried rather than bored, will this actually work?

    Thanks in advance..
  2. HLT93

    HLT93 PetForums Member

    Aug 14, 2013
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    If she has a set back then you need to go back to basics again, so do the whole leaving routine and reduce the time and then increase it back up.

    You can try a kong, it may keep her occupied and will be something for her to do. Also I would freeze it, then it will take her longer.

    Also having her downstairs wont do anything for boundaries, it depends where you WANT her. If you want her upstairs then fine, if downstairs then fine, you set the boundaries not the vet so up to you but I do find its nicer when they sleep downstairs or they sometimes do become clingy.
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