If you are going to leave your pet alone, then you need to teach them that they can’t go wrecking the furniture. Some pets can also experience separation anxiety.
The following steps can help train your pet and enable them to stay home alone without any incidents:
Going to Bed
You want your pet to associate their bed with a positive feeling. Try the following things to help them make that association:
- Pet them when they are lying on their bed
- Always ensure there are some treats on the bed
- Reinforce the word “bed” by repeating it in front of them
- Send them to bed when you are busy with a task
Staying in Bed
Help your pet stay in bed for a while even after you have left the room with the following tips:
- When they lie on the bed after your command, reinforce the act verbally.
- Start leaving the room for 2–3 mins after your pet has been on their bed for 2 seconds or more.
- Repeat and vary the duration for which you will be out of the room. Do not just increase the duration, keep them irregular.
- Start over until they learn to stay in bed in your absence.
Remaining in Bed with the Door Closed
The last step is to teach your pet to remain in bed even when you leave and close the door behind you. The tricks that will help train them are as follows:
- Start by touching the door and not close it.
- Follow with leaving the door ajar.
- Then, keep it closed the door for two seconds before opening it and entering the room.
- Leave the room, close the door, and stay out for irregular periods.
Whenever your pet gets out of the bed to follow you, repeat that step until they do what is expected of them. Happy teaching!