Step 3: Slowly increase the duration
To help your puppy get used to longer periods alone, slowly increase the time you leave them with their enrichment feeder or a chew.
It can be tempting to increase the time alone continuously, but I recommend varying your puppy’s time unattended so that you’re not pushing them too quickly. For example, leave your puppy for 5 minutes (so long as they can manage this duration), and the next time leave them for 2 minutes.
Be aware that during your puppy’s fear periods, they may regress slightly. These take place between 8 and 12 weeks of age and around 5 or 6 months of age and usually last a few weeks. During any regression, just take it back to basics and remove the barrier if your puppy becomes more anxious about time alone.
Good luck! And remember you can always reach out if you have any questions.