Be ready; this is a long process that can take weeks or months to thoroughly teach your dog to be comfortable alone. Here are some good places to start.
The purpose of this training is to build up your dog’s confidence over time. Five minutes a day of basic commands and tricks training like sit, stay, shake, spin, or roll-over are a good start.
Always reward your dog with their favorite treat after completing their training. Positive reinforcement in training will significantly help increase your dog’s confidence.
Give your dog a ‘stay’ command to make him stay in a different room and not follow you around the house.
Training your dog to stay still is a gradual process, and you start by pushing them down for a couple of seconds, then take a few steps back and see if they stay. Increase the time and distance away from your dog in small increments until you’re able to fully exit the room without triggering him. Don’t forget to treat him for a job well done!
Your dog follows you around the house because when you leave the room, their anxiety kicks in. This bond of constant contact needs to be broken.
This is hard for most people as your dog is likely to whimper or cry if you attempt to leave them, but your dog will never be okay alone in the house when they can’t even be alone in another room, so this is an important step in reducing the anxiety they feel when alone.
Teaching Your Dog to Be Alone
Put your dog in a room, close the door, and leave the room. In the beginning, stay out of the room for 10-30 seconds and gradually increase that time up to 15 minutes.
If your dog has a favorite toy or something he likes to chew on, leave it with them for the duration of their alone time because it will reduce their anxiety during alone time.
After they get comfortable being alone in a closed room, you can start leaving the house for short periods of time and incrementally increase it as you did with the room.
Don’t make a big scene every time and spend too long saying goodbye as you’re leaving the house. Because then, the dog will associate this behavior with being left alone. Minimize contact for 10 to 20 minutes before you leave, and resist reassuring the dog if they show signs of anxiety as you’re leaving.