1. Don’t be overeager. If your dog is not reliable when you are around, he is not going to be reliable when you are not around! Take your time. Some dogs can be 2-4 years old before they can be trusted out of a crate.
2. Start out by testing him at night when he is naturally sleeping. Be sure though that you will wake up if he decides to eat your dresser. Do not let him roam the house, keep him contained in your bedroom with babygates.
3. Start by leaving him out for a couple of hours on a weekend when you have errands to do. Increase the amount of time you are gone over the span of several days or weeks.
4. If you are coming home during lunch, you can also take your lunch earlier/later so that he is staying alone for a couple of hours more in the morning or afternoon. If he does well for several days in a row, try skipping coming home once during the week and increase the number of days over the next few weeks.
5. If you are coming home during lunch, you can have a neighbor/teenager you trust come later in the day to see how he does. If he does well for several days in a row, try skipping coming home during the week.
6. Pick your experimental skip-a-day, the day after you’ve exercised him well with classes, outings, or daycare.
7. If you have a failure, go back to the previous step for several more weeks.
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