Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Home alone for the first time!
I finally left Yoyo home by himself for the first time! He has been by himself at my mom's house lots of time and he's fine over there, but we haven't left him home in our brand new remodelled kitchen ever! (Maybe that's just the excuse we've been telling ourselves.) Well, just short times, REALLY short times that I guess I really can't consider alone.
I took him for a long walk this morning to poop him out, then brought him inside. I put his dog crate at one sliding glass doorway to block it off and a baby gate at the other. I left his food and water bowls, the toys that he plays the most with, and one of my sleeping shirts in there as well. I sat outside the blocked room for about 15 minutes, talking on the phone, but I guess he really could still see me through the sliding glass door but I wasn't talking to him, and he was yelping and barking but still I ignored him. Then I left the house. <dum dum dummmmm> The yelping and barking increased and I could hear him out on the street but I kept going, kept walking, which I think has been the biggest hurdle for me, just keep going. Came back about 45 minutes later, ignored him for 5 minutes (I know it should be longer but oh well), he was jumping and leaping all over me the whole time, then I finally gave him a yummy new pepperoni treat and loved him to death! He was so happy and now he's contentedly sitting on the floor, playing with his chew bone.
What a success for me. And after reading all that you here have been able to achieve with your dogs I think really motivated me to do the same. Thanks to you all!
P.S. If you can think of any suggestions to change or add, I would be very, very welcome and open to them.