Puppies learn independence by starting alone time in small increments first. Slowly build duration.
Ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise beforehand so they rest while you're gone.
Provide puzzle toys, chews, food dispensers to keep your dog engaged and comforted.
Sticking to regular feeding and walk times adds predictability for your dog when alone.
Use words like "I'll be back" as you leave so they associate the phrase with your return.
Avoid emotional prolonged goodbyes. Exit calmly and quietly.
Manage Visible Departures
Build alone time gradually from minutes to hours as your dog learns to tolerate it.
Start with Short Absences