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I've done quite a bit of reading on this subject, so I know I'm not alone in this problem...Fitz hates his pen. I know Havs are social and playful, so I spend a ton of time with him. I often will sit in his pen with him and play, as I'm trying to make it a fun place. Since we've been home together (I got him 10 days ago), I've often let him out of his pen in the general living room area. However, it's exhausting to watch him with an eagle eye, and he has had more accidents than I care to admit!
He's a curious little dog, and the only place he is really safe is his pen. He loves his crate, so I've put it in the pen. Fitz will often go into it to nap, which I take as a good sign. I am currently in law school, so my schedule is pretty open except for 2 hours or so a day when I am in class. Whenever I'm not in class I'm home with Fitz. Generally I time his naps so that he is very sleepy when I leave, and then I put him in his crate and he's fine. There have been a few times, however, when I've had to leave while he's awake. He screams like a banshee and I'm worried the neighbors will start to think he's not so cute anymore.
I understand that the best way to get him used to being home alone is to start in short increments and then work up. I've been doing that- leaving him in his pen or crate while I get the mail, take out the trash, etc. He cries the whole time. I know not to reward him by coming in to his pen while he cries, but he stops crying as soon as I come near him. What's the best way to deal with this? Am I doing the right thing? How long do you think it will take until he's okay with being alone for short periods of time?
He has all his toys, his water bowl, and a Kong in his pen. He's going to be 10 weeks old on Wednesday. I know he is still a baby, but it hurts my heart so much to hear him cry.