If you're going to leave the dog outside, do take her round to visit your immediate neighbours - the ones within earshot, including the ones over the back fence and talk to them about what you're trying to do and ask them to let you know if she's noisy. Go back around on Tuesday night or Wednesday and ask again - just to make sure.
That way if she does let rip with a few blood curdling whinges they will know why, and they will also know that you don't intend to make a habit of it - you're training her not to.
When I leave I say nothing or "bye" but not "good bye" because "good" is my "you did it right and you get a reward" word. And when I get back I don't say hello or greet the dog until she's been out for a 1&2. Ie I make departing and returning - boring no big deal. If your puppy is already outside and you let her in, just ignore her for the first 30 seconds or so - ie until you've put your bags down, sorted your shopping, changed your clothes - whatever and then give her a cuddle, pat whatever. And give her cuddles and pats - when you're not leaving or returning too, when you feel like it unless you're working on the NILIF principle for a while - in which case make her work for some cuddles and pats no matter when you give them.
I'm pretty forgetful so when I leave, it takes me about ten goes to get out the door. And sometimes (weather depending) I pack the car early so there is less of a give away when I'm about to go. The more practice you do the better ie you can leave when you're not leaving if that makes sense. And it wouldn't hurt if she practices being outside on her own when you are home for as long as you reckon. Anything around the five minute mark is forever to a puppy anyway.
Frosty makes a big fuss if I shut her out when I am home. I don't do it often enough for her to be used to it. She's better if I leave altogether - somehow she knows the difference and is much better behaved. Part of the problem is when I am home she knows to bark to get in and out the back as I have no dog door. So she tries a bit of that on when I am home. But usually gives up after 5 minutes now and tries again later. There's been a few times I've let her out the back in the middle of the night, she's refused to come back when I asked so I shut her out and went back to sleep. Didn't mean to exactly but a bit of quiet doggy yiffing helped remind me I'd forgotten someone.
All my dogs have never cared less that we were going. I guess a see you when we get back and off we go has worked. We always greet them when they come to the car to welcome us home then they are happy to let us get groceries in etc. I find the opposite to Hy, a greet and then they go happily off. Pups are a bit different though but learning. We still pen them if we will be away.
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