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    Default New Puppy Here! Need Advice Please!

    We have had our Golden Retriever puppy, Harley, for nearly a week now and he is 10 weeks old! He has a beautiful nature and we are happy with the way toilet training, obedience etc is going.

    We are having one issue. I know some people may be against puppies being alone but both my partner and I have to work. He is alone 5-6 hours of the day. Ive tried putting him in the bathroom and outside with toys, kongs (treats inside), puppy pig ears, water, his bed, clock (for him to think it is his Mum's heartbeat) and radio for company. He still howls, cries, barks and works himself into a fit. It breaks my heart to leave him! We cannot leave him alone if we are home, he follows us everywhere! He sleeps in the bedroom, so he is with us most of the day and night! Even in the bedroom we did enclosed an area but he sooked so I took down the barriers and taught him on his bed and he stays all night!!

    Is there something else I can do to make his time better and teach him not to sook when we have to leave him? When we put him outside he also jumps up and down on the glass door barking, howling, sulking...

    Any advise is greatly appreciated

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    How long does he sulk for? ANd after a while, do you cave in, and let him back inside with you? Or is this something your neighbours tell you that they hear while you are at work?

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    My advise would be to crate train him. There are some excellent step by step instructions on crate training if you google. And I send you there on purpose so as you read them, print them, read them, follow them, read them (get my drift)? and be persistant!!! It's worth it in the long run! And if you keep giving into him,......well it will only get harder as he grows. You are the boss, he is a bubba!!!
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    He does need time outside on his own while you are home. Build up slowly.

    Put him outside after his meals when he needs to toilet this at least will occupy him for a little while.

    Every time you relent and let him in or go to him when he cries he sees that his methods work. Because they have worked in the past and now if you ignore them he will try harder because he has learnt that you eventually do come.

    You have to really get tough now. Do not let him in or go to him if he is crying.

    As previously posted you may have more success with the crate so that he can learn to spend a little time away from you in a safe "den".

    Don't forget to spend time with him outside so that he becomes familiar with his surroundings. I know when you work you have a tendency to spend more time with dogs inside the home. But this familiarisation with outside is equally important. A GR enjoys the outdoors.

    And lastly its only been a week, he's missing his litter brothers and sisters, give him time.

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    Thank you for everyone's advise. I personally dont wish to crate him. My personal view is that it is cruel to leave them confined (especially 6 hrs a day) when dogs should be outside playing/running around.
    We will continue to put outside when possible and play outside with him to make him associate fun with going outside.
    Any other toys anyone could recommend?
    Thanks

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    Oh I wouldn't recommend putting a puppy in a crate for that long either but it is a good training tool that can help while you train him to have periods away from you while you are at home.

    You can put his meals in and give him a bone in there, close the door and then move around to other rooms and such so that he learns to spend time away from you. Reward him when he is quiet by letting him out.

    As he gets to love his crate and believe me they do you can move it to outside as his safe den there, use for travel, staying at peoples places or holidaying.

    Mine do not go in a crate they are put outside if I go out, but they are happy to go in them at dog shows or for use when we travel or visit people.

    Look at it like being able to take your own bed with you when you go on holiday.

    And for training him not to need to trail after you everywhere so that he knows what it's like to be by himself, becomes comfortable and confident with his own company. Short period of 10 minutes, 20 minutes 1/2 hour, that type of thing. The crate is great for training him (indoors away from neighbours), rather than outside driving the neighbours nuts.

    Having said all that I usually put mine out and let them cry, I don't rush out to greet them in the mornings or when I first get home. This is also an important part in them becoming confident adult dogs.

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    No way in heck would I crate a dog for 5 or 6 hours a day but I would confine to a large laundry, and have done so when I have needed to with operations or illness.

    I would also do this, or they would have the run of the house, or an area of the house (baby gates can be great but mine just mow them down, lol) when trusted if there was no way they could be outside safely.

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    Toys..my pups are 5 1/2 months old. They adore cardboard boxes to rip up, 2 litre juice bottles to destroy (frozen water in them in summer, cardboard inserts from toilet paper/glad wrap, tennis balls, go nuts for rawhide chew bones, pigs ears, their clamshell pool, my old shoes, bones to eat, save or bury, kongs with treats in it.


    Oh, and most of my pot plants on the front veranda.....sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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    I can vouch for how amazing crate training is!!!

    As a newbie to the dog world I dismissed it and thought that I didnt want my puppy in a cage!

    At 16 weeks my puppy was completely house trained during the day but would wee and/or poo EVERY SINGLE NIGHT in the bathroom she slept in!

    We would be cleaning it everyday. I tried vinegar but nothing worked. I finally ordered a crate (very cheaply from Deals Direct) and began crate training her. At 18 weeks she had her first night in the crate in our room and slept through from 8pm to 6am with no accidents, whining or crying!

    She LOVES her crate now and will often go in it during the day to have a rest or a snooze! I WISH I had got her one when I first got her home! Would of made night toilet training SOOOOO much easier.

    I don't leave her in it during the day when my OH and I are at work but I do leave her a bed, blankets, water, lots of toys and a bone to chew on.

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    Maybe if you get her used to a special spot like a crate or bed where she feels safe to spend time while you're about, you can put it outside when you go out so she can have the same secure feeling if she wants to, but also the freedom of the backyard?

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