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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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We've had our ten week old puppy for just a week now and he has been wonderful, cooperative, and joyful in every way. That said, we've spent the week at home with him and his life has been pretty stress free. He has an x pen in the kitchen with food bools and a piddle pad and I can leave him some toys there, but I'm still a wreck thinking of going out for an hour for the first time. It will be right after his dinner when we usually play, and he'll probably just sleep, but what do you all think? SHould we go another week before we leave him for a while to be sure he's really secure and ready for separation (I clearly am not). Please advise and many thanks.

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I got Maccabee 11 days ago.

I work outside the house three days per week and I work from home 2 days. When I'm working from home, I take frequent breaks to play with him and I'll even hold him on my lap while I work. When I go into the office, I leave him with a stuffed Kong, plenty of toys, and whatever breakfast he did not finish before I left for work. I generally leave the TV on for him (on PetTV )

Maccabee seems no different in the evenings, on the days he was home alone versus the days I've been home with him. We spend a lot of time playing in the evenings and he lounges on my lap while I read or watch tv, after my daughter is in bed. I also spend time playing/training with him before I leave for work.

I think you should be fine leaving your little guy alone for a short while.

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How old is Macabe?

Thanks Laurie. How old is Macabee? Did you leave him alone from the start?

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Maccabee is 12 weeks old. I stayed home with him for the first several days, but then had to go back to work.

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I agree, your puppy will be fine! I think I stayed home with Kodi for 2 weeks, but it was summer time, so it was easy. Then I started leaving him for grocery trips and things like that. He always seemed happy to see me when I got home, but he never showed any signs of stress. I am SURE I worried more than he did!


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I always tried to make a point to leave the house every day when mine were puppies just so they got used to us being gone. Even if it was just to go to the convenience store, we would leave for 15 minutes. I would start leaving now. He will be fine. I always leave the tv on and give them a treat when I leave.


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I think he'll be fine.

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I think I left Bella for the first time around 9 or 10 weeks, I did the same as the others and would leave the TV on water down and a pee pad and her kennel in the kitchen with the door open. It was just for about 30 min the first time when I came home she was in her kennel sitting up and she peed on the floor next to the pee pad. After a few days of doing that I would go a little longer I think by the time she was 12 weeks I was up to about 2 hrs for her, I no longer left the pee pad down because she was able to hold her pee but shredding up the pad...lol She is 16 weeks and the longest I have had to leave her is about 3.5 hrs but I think she would do fine if I had to leave her a little longer. I think as long as you take them out to potty first leave a pee pad if you use those, leave some toys down and fresh water and a place to rest he will be fine. Good Luck he is a cutie!!
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Thanks all. We're going to do it.....tomorrow. I think I'm the velcro in this relationship.

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HAHA even if you just go outside of you house for a while, take a little walk or clean out the car or whatever. It will help you both to try short separation. Are you going to have to go to work eventually or are you retired?

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