Dogs are designed to spend most of their time together with their loved ones. Most breeds can develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long.
The Cavapoo is a hybrid breed characterized by an affectionate and friendly temperament. Generally, they are very calm dogs that can live in any family, including those with children. This canine must spend a lot of time with their loved ones as they could feel quite lonely and develop destructive behavior if they are left alone.
Like many dog breeds, Cavapoos suffer from separation anxiety. That means they can feel abandoned if their owners are away from home for several hours. This disorder basically consists of the canine’s inability when it comes to managing the situation of loneliness.
It should be noted that it is totally acceptable to leave our Cavapoo alone for 2 hours, but it is never recommended to exceed that time.
If you leave your canine alone for more than 6 hours each day while you are at work, you must take precautions. Otherwise, it will develop destructive behaviors, become stressed, and even its emotional state could be negatively affected.
If you plan to leave your Cavapoo alone for several hours, it is best to acclimate your home to your pet, train it properly, and also, if possible, leave another member of your family, neighbors, or a dog sitter in charge.
What Happens If I Leave My Cavapoo Alone for a Long Time?
All dogs are different, and each one could show various behaviors in these types of situations:
Barking is one of the most common symptoms in these dogs when stressed by feeling alone. In fact, it is a common behaviors in many dog breeds.
Leaving your Cavapoo alone for several hours will lead to your dog barking very loudly to the point of irritating your neighbours.
Cavapoo Destroying and Chewing on Things
That is part of the destructive behaviour developed by the Cavapoo when left home alone for long periods of time. If you haven’t trained your canine, you may find your furniture chewed and mangled. In case you have left your Cavapoo in your garden, it could have killed your plants or even dug into the ground.
Why is this happening? This is not only due to the simple fact of being left alone but also because of their need to exercise with their owner. Therefore, it will try to release all its accumulated energy by running rampant or destroying things.
Cavapoo Relieving Themselves inside the House
It is a very common behaviour in animals that suffer from separation anxiety. All canines need potty breaks, but since we are not at home to open the door for them and let them go out to pee and poo, then they will most likely end up relieving themselves inside the house. Just like humans, a Cavapoo’s bladder also has a limit.
What Should We Do to Reduce Our Cavapoo’s Separation Anxiety?
Ideally, you should always be at home with your Cavapoo or at least not leave it alone for more than two hours. However, that is something impossible to achieve for all owners.
It is true that there are people with Cavapoos who live with other family members. In those cases, there would not be a problem since although the owner of the canine is working, another member can take care of the pet.
On the other hand, there are people who live alone with their dogs, so when they have to go to work, they have no other option but to leave their pet alone at home. In these cases, the most recommended by many experts is to train the Cavapoo properly.
Training Your Cavapoo to Reduce Separation Anxiety
First of all, it is always essential that your Cavapoo has received obedience training as this is essential to facilitate any other training process. You can teach your pet the basic commands like “sit,” “stay,” etc.
Training Cavapoos can be very easy as they are intelligent dogs. However, as with any breed of dog, it is best to train them when they are puppies since the learning process will be faster.
Some steps you can follow are:
- Make sure you never leave your Cavapoo alone for more than 6 hours. The most recommended thing is that it never stays alone for more than 2 hours in a row.
- Get your dog used to being alone using short outings. That is, you can leave the house, walk to the other side of the street, wait a few minutes and then come back. Increase that time as the days go by. That way, your Cavapoo will get used to being alone for a longer time.
- If your Cavapoo keeps up the good behaviour every time you come back, then reward it with treats.
Acclimatizing the House for Our Cavapoo While We are Gone
It would be too much to lock up our Cavapoo apart from leaving it alone. Instead, it is best to create a pleasant space for it inside the house. That way, it will feel more comfortable while waiting for our arrival. Make sure this space has:
- A dog bed
- Its favourite toys
As an extra recommendation, leave the radio or TV on with moderate volume. That way, your Cavapoo won’t feel lonely as it thinks someone is home.
It is not recommended to leave your Cavapoo outside the house since we would be exposing it to climate changes, criminals, and even predators. Unless you have a home with a well-fenced and protected backyard, don’t let your pet outside.
Should I Hire a Dog Sitter?
Hiring a dog sitter might only be necessary if you live alone with your dog and don’t know how to handle the situation. A dog sitter will be able to take care of your Cavapoo in the best possible way. He or she will feed it well, keep it entertained through exercises and games, and open the door for it to go out to relieve itself.