(Closed) Puppy won’t play by himself :-/

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Um, he’s super young. Just think if it was a 1 to 2 year old child that you were babysitting. Would you be playing with them if their were no other children around? Puppy’s that age need socialization and stimulation. If you can’t find a puppy group to bring him to, try starting him with some easy training. Puppy’s that age tend to sleep A LOT (my little guy slept like 18 to 20 hours a day when he was little), so take that time to do other things that you need to get done. As for the bathroom thing- my puppy is almost a year old and still tries to come into the bathroom with me lol. He was taken from his litter to soon and you are now his whole world. Of course he’s going to cry when your not around.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My dog used to have serious panic attacks when left alone. Like, he would literally hyperventilate and pee as soon as there was a barrier between him and myself. It’s called separation anxiety, and it’s quite common. Some people also call them “velcro dogs” because they stick to you.

There’s a lot of advice online for this. Essentially, you have to gradually get him used to you leaving him. Go through your routine for leaving (put on a jacket, get your purse and keys, go to the door), then don’t go outside. Then go outside for a second. Then for a minute. Etc. Etc.

Also, never reward him for his behavior. Don’t give goodbyes, and ignore him for a couple minutes when he’s really excited to be reunited with you. That way, you will give him the vibe that your coming and going is “no big deal” and completely normal. You’ll also teach him that although you leave, you will eventually return.

Having a solid routine also helps. My dogs (we now have a second puppy with destructive separation anxiety we are training) know to expect what times I will leave for work and return, and so they expect this and handle it well. However, unplanned outings when I leave are more stressful for them. In the meantime, expect to clean up a few messes and learn to ignore the whining…it’s all part of his training and will take time and patience.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

also, crate training him may help with him enjoying some alone time and also help with potty training.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You’re doing the right thing. Dogs don’t really know sympathy and comfort like a human child does, they only know positive and negative reinforcement. So you SHOULD walk away and not respond when he’s whiny. If you do, he’ll learn that that’s how he SHOULD act. I know it’s hard–it totally pulls at your heartstrings, but remind yourself that you DO NOT want an adult dog that can’t be by himself and has separation anxiety. It’s not good for the dog and it’s stressful for you. One thing you might try is scheduling your playtime a bit–so establish not only how long, but what times in the day he can expect to play. Then he’ll start to get a feel for when you’re done. You can try those Kong toys as well, which you stuff with food, to give him a toy he can interact with but without you.

On another note, and not to condemn you per se because you’ve already got him BUT to point out–you shouldn’t have gotten the puppy at 6 weeks and reputable breeders don’t separate puppies before 8 weeks (“backyard” breeders do, though–because it’s cheaper to not pay for an additional two weeks of puppy chow). Although puppies might wean themselves physically from mom before 6 weeks, they do get a lot of social and emotional nurturing from mom in those latter weeks, so I wouldn’t be suprised if the separation anxiety you’re seeing has to do with removal of the pup too early. You can’t go back in time to change that, but it might be worth hiring the big guns (a pro trainer) to help you deal with your new addition.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MrsNerdy:  See if you can find puppy classes in your local area. Most only allow puppies and require them to have at least one set of shots.

That way you can start him socializing soon rather than waiting until all his parvo vaccines are done.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

crate training!! you are just going to have to deal with the howling and crying for now. if you keep going back to him then its only going to get worse 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MrsNerdy:  Aw, he thinks you’re his mom! Our first dog really latched onto me as well. It just means he thinks of you as alpha and he’s attached to you. The exception is if he “guards” you (doesn’t let anybody near you the way he might guard a favorite toy).

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@MrsNerdy:  omg, he’s so cuuuuute! My little guy get’s his alone time and he still hates it 😛 We got him really early too, he was 8 weeks old. Routine really helped my dog, he knows when we are home and when we are going to work. Although, when we are at home, he pretty much expects attention from us 😛 I was super paranoid about bringing him out before he had all his shots (which is one of the reasons that I would not get a puppy as young as he was when we got him) but if you are close with dog owners that you trust and their dog has all it’s shots, then he can definitely play with those dogs!

More pics of your baby! Such a sweetie!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Dogs are supposed to play by themselves?

The only way to keep my dog occupied if we aren’t playing with him is to give him a bone.

 

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

So cute! I assure you, it does get better as they get older. Our puppy is only 6 mos and she’s already so much better than she was at 3-4 months in terms of self-entertainment. She seems to understand more that when we are on our computers, it’s not time for us to give her attention and will go chew her bone or something. Hang in there!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My dog doesn’t really “play by herself”. She either is playing with me, sleeping, or following me around.

Maybe some rawhides would help?

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@MrsNerdy:  MY GOD!  WHY DID YOU HAVE TO POST THAT?  Now I want to run out and adopt the first corgi puppy I can find!!

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