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If your dog follows you around the house and is not happy to be away from you, even if you haven’t left the house, he’s not ready to be left alone.  Leaving your pup alone when he doesn’t feel secure is highly likely to result in your pup suffering from separation anxiety.

Your pup must get used to being in a different room from you before he’s ready for you to leave him alone in the house.

Make a list of chores and the time it’ll take you to perform them.  Order them by shortest time first, e.g.

  • pick up the post – 30s
  • empty the washing machine – 1m
  • empty the dishwasher – 3m
  • put the washing out -5m
  • have a shower – 10m

Start with the shortest chore – pick up the post

  • scatter food in the furthest point of the kitchen
  • enter the hall
  • close the kitchen/hall door
  • pick up the post
  • return to the kitchen
  • pup is still eating

In this example we’ve given the pup a job to do – sniffing.  Sniffing produces serotonin which increases happiness.  The job that the pup was given lasted longer than the period of separation.

Slowly build up to the chores that last longer.  This will be even more successful if you’ve employed a routine that culminates in the pup falling asleep chewing a Kong.



If you need your pup to be calm at a certain time of day try changing the pup’s routine.  It might be that at certain times of day, for example the end of the day, your pup’s behaviour becomes less than perfect 😁 because he’s over tired, or over stimulated.  Or it may be that you’re working on leaving your pup for short periods of time.

Let’s say that your pup typically gets overly tired at 19:00, when you’d prefer that he chilled out…

  • 18:00 Physical exercise, remember not too much for a pup. Playing and engaging with your pup will increase the likelihood that he’ll come back to you when off lead.  This will leave him physically tired, but will increase the stress chemicals making it difficult for him to calm down.
  • 18:20 Many 2-5 minute training sessions, interspersed with games of Cheeseburgers. This will release the happy chemicals to counteract the stress chemicals and will be mentally tiring.
  • 18:40 Scentwork games such as Sprat Onna String. Sniffing releases more happy chemicals. Scentwork (finding something using the nose and brain) is particularly good for tiring a dog out. 15 minutes of scentwork is worth an hours walk to an adult dog.
  • 19:00 The pup begs you for his Kong. Licking and chewing is calming for a dog. Your pup will fall asleep as he’s chewing.😋💤

Your pup will be teething between around about 3-8 months and will HAVE to chew, and he won’t understand that your hand, or your children’s clothes or your best shoes are not there for his chewing pleasure 😁.

If you’re feeding your pup out of a bowl, you’re missing lots of opportunities to encourage appropriate chewing. If you feed your pup using a hollow chew toy, then when he feels the need to chew, he’s more likely to seek out those chew toys, which tend to have tasty food in them, providing they’re left lying around for him to find easily, than to chew your furniture. It’s important that chew toys are introduced into your pup’s life as early as possible. If your pup has chewed the wooden leg of your table and it’s relieved the pain of teething, then he’s been reinforced for chewing.


Chewing is soothing for dogs; it’s like giving a dummy to a baby.

Chewing helps to relieve boredom. What naughty behaviour is your pup NOT doing when he’s relaxing with his chew toy?

Chew toys on their own will not cure the pup from biting down hard on your skin when he becomes over aroused.