Fear to Part: If Your Staffy Is Afraid to Stay Alone

Dogs are social animals, so no wonder that they worry, when you leave them alone. With a little help, your dog can learn to be calm, even if it is left alone for some time. If you teach your Staffy, if you treat it with care, it will be more evenly-tempered.

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What Can be Considered Fear to Part?

At the age when the Staffy chews everything it sees to make its teeth develop the right way, it doesn't fear to part. If you leave it alone in a house, where it can chew whatever it likes to get rid of the discomfort, it can turn into a real disaster. A Staffy not accustomed to live in a house and a dog left alone for too long don't have any fear to part either.

When the first chewing period is over and you believe your Staffy is accustomed to live in a house, you, like many the dog owners, decide you can leave the dog alone. It usually happens at the age of 5-7 months. Some time passes, and the Staffy pup starts its "destroying chewing". This is a signal, your dog's teeth are growing right, but you can consider it fear to part.

Be ready to provide help for your little Staffy, to teach it not to chew everything. Don't leave your dog on its own devices surrounded by expensive or potentially harmful things, until it is really ready for it. And it will be ready only when it learns to chew only its toys and not to touch the owners' things. The Staffy needs time for that: up to two years.

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What to Begin with?

To teach your dog stay at home alone, train it from the very puppyhood. The dog breeders should find big boxes for every pup and gradually teach them to sleep separately in their individual boxes. The pup will know it has to spend some time in the box, so its body will accustom to that, so it won't defecate into the box.

No matter if the pup is accustomed to its own box or not, the first night in your house will be stressful for it, it will be far away from its dog and human family it had been associating with safety. No wonder that the pup will be calling someone for help, if you leave it alone. If you leave such pup behind amongst wild nature, it can even die.

The puppies have the full range of instincts, which develop as they grow. If you aim is to support the pup's instinct to cry for help, when no one's there, just run to your puppy every time it whimpers. Soon you'll find your puppy writhe in hysterics every time it stays alone. If you loose your patience and come to your pup, when it's crying for help, next time it will bark and whimper even more insistently. The dog will see it just needs to be stubborn enough to make you come to it. It will turn out, you will be rewarding your dog for the endless yelling. To avoid it, just don't approach your puppy, when it screams. Always wait until it gets calm.

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First put its box in a room, where people are staying, until the dog gets used to it. The box must be a relaxation place for your puppy. Dogs sleep over 14 hours a day. They need boxes to feel safe. This is just a shelter, not a jail. The fear to part and big stress from staying in the box can occur only if the dog spends too much time in it. In such a case you can hardly make the pup stay still in the box. Do not make this mistake, it's important.

To calculate how many hours your puppy can spend alone, use this formula: the pup's age (months) + 1. In other words, an eight-week-old puppy (2 months) needs a short period of 3 hours. The longest possible time a puppy can spend in a box is 8 hours (at any age).

Some dogs physically can't stand being in a box for eight hours. Some dogs can stand it longer, but the risk that fear to part occurs rises with every time. If you are at home and don't sleep, pull your pup out of the box from time to time (until the education period is over, do it once an hour). It is necessary to allow the dog to defecate.

If you leave the pup with its favourite toys, it also helps to reduce the risk of fear to part. Different dogs like different toys. Pups are fond of chewable toys with different structure. Before you leave, together with your pup, prove that the toys are safe. If everything's all right, your dog will learn to chew only toys appropriate for chewing and be calm when you're absent as well as control its bladder and intestine.

If you keep several dogs, you should sometimes separate them. It can harm their psyche to stay together for a long time. Separate them for some time, when you leave. So the dogs will be used to stay alone and have no fear, if you leave home for some reason.

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Leaving Your Dog Alone

You come and go, no matter how old your dog is, stay calm when you come and leave. Many people have difficulties with it. You may feel guilty for leaving your dog alone. That is why it takes you a long time to farewell. In any case you just increase the dog's anxiety. Don't give in to temptation. Just be calm when you leave.

The same thing happens to some people when they come back home: it is a highly charged moment. Some people like it when the dog welcomes them like mad. If you encourage this insanity, you can face problems like scratched doors, damaged window frames, your dog can attack another dog or a cat or damage everything in the house, if you hesitate just for a single second. The fear to part risk is increased.

Don't gratify your dog, when it thinks you're the best creature in the world an expresses its love to you the craziest way possible. There many more adequate ways to express your affection and admiration. Enter your house calmly and let your dog know your homecoming is a regular thing, no reason to go mad.