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Common reasons for the problem
In general there are three things you need to do to solve separation problems - 1: Increase the dogs confidence. 2: Build up the time they can be left for. 3: Make sure they have something to do when they are left.
If they follow you round the house all the time then have some 'no-go' areas, like the bathroom or kitchen, so they aren't allowed to follow you everywhere. If they whine when you go to these rooms just ignore it, even when you go back to them.
If they are attention seekers, then they must learn that they can't get attention exactly when they want it. If they jump up, paw or demand attention in any other way then just ignore them totally. Don't look at, touch or talk to them until they have given up. Once they have given up then leave them for 3 - 4 minutes before calling them over and rewarding them quietly with a treat for being quiet.
Building a solid foundation
Gradually build up the period by a minute each time, until you can leave them for 15 minutes every hour. Once you can do this then continue up to 30 minutes but every 2 hours. Don't increment the time until they can stay alone happily for the current time. It will help if you leave the house completely once you get near to 15 minutes.
When you leave them, do the same things as if you were going out. Leave them with a food toy or bone, say a quick and calm goodbye and just walk away. Ignore any cries or barking, as they have to believe that they cannot make you come back. It may help to read our leaflet on boredom, for ideas on things to leave them with.
Confinement doesn't teach anything
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