When can you leave a puppy home alone?

Asked By: Loy Tillman
Date created: Sun, Jan 31, 2021 6:42 PM
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Puppies between 10-12 weeks.

Your dog is getting bigger, but at this age may still be having accidents and cannot be left alone for hours.

Socialization is still something you need to address, and you will need to make sure your puppy is let out to use the washroom or has some place to go inside.

Answered By: Fernando Huels
Date created: Mon, Feb 1, 2021 8:45 PM
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How long do I wait before taking my puppy outside? Vets recommend waiting until 10-14 days after your puppy's last vaccination booster – usually at around 14–16 weeks of age – before introducing them to the wonders of local parks, beaches and walking trails.

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A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown, i.e.

15 minutes (up to twice a day) when three months old, 20 minutes when four months old etc.

Once they are fully grown, they can go out for much longer.

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By around eight weeks of age your puppy should be eating solid food.

Puppies should be fed three to four times a day therefore if you are currently feeding ΒΎ a cup of puppy food twice a day you should consider spacing it out by feeding Β½ cup three times a day.

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Young puppies have short attention spans but you can expect them to begin to learn simple obedience commands such as "sit," "down," and "stay," as young as 7 to 8 weeks of age.

Formal dog training has traditionally been delayed until 6 months of age.

Actually, this juvenile stage is a very poor time to start.

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Feeding adult food will rob your puppy of important nutrients.

Four feedings a day are usually adequate to meet nutritional demands.

Large breeds should be fed unmoistened dry food by 9 or 10 weeks; small dogs by 12 or 13 weeks.

3–6 months: Sometime during this period, decrease feedings from four to three a day.

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Help your dog stop crying when left alone

  1. Set a reliable daily ROUTINE.
  2. Give regular DAILY exercise.
  3. Leave the TV or radio on when you leave.
  4. Give him a "food puzzle" toy.
  5. Desensitize him to your leaving.
  6. Don't make a big deal about leaving.
  7. Don't make a big deal when you come home.
  8. Crate train.
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When you play with your puppy, let him mouth on your hands.

Continue play until he bites especially hard.

When he does, immediately give a high-pitched yelp, as if you're hurt, and let your hand go limp.

This should startle your puppy and cause him to stop mouthing you, at least momentarily.

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