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Chill Time! 
It’s important for all dogs regardless of age, to learn to entertain themselves sometimes (especially when we spend a lot of time at home, different to the ‘norm’ such as lockdown, Christmas holidays, half term etc). There may be times when you’re busy or working from home, that the dog need to learn and understand there will be times that you are not available to them. We start this process off with short periods and build it gradually, in order to be more successful, so be prepared to spend a bit of time with it at first. 
We’re going to teach the dog that not being available to them means: I am here, in the same room as you, but I wont be looking at you, touching you, or talking to you for a short while. 
 
You’re going to need something for both you and your dog to do, during this training. For the dog a pre-stuffed Kong, likkimat or chew etc and for you a cuppa and newspaper, TV or working at the computer. If you do not have anything to do, you will probably sit and watch the dog! This means that your attention is on them and therefore, the dog is not learning ‘chill time’ because they still have your attention. 
The dog needs something to do otherwise they will want your attention, if they are used to getting it constantly or want it if they fancy a play with you etc., Of course you can still play with your dog at other times, but chill times, nothing happens in between you and your dog. Not even eye contact. 
Preparation is key. Prepare the Kong etc and make yourself a cuppa. Now give the Kong to the dog and he will probably take it to a place he likes to sit when enjoying something nice. Make a note of the time at this point. We need to know roughly how long it takes your dog to devour the Kong, likki mat or chew etc., This is your guaranteed chill time. Let’s say this is 10 minutes. 
 
So, 10 minutes have passed, and your dog has finished his Kong. Does he start bothering you, whining, pacing or does he lay down still where he was enjoying the Kong? If he is still quiet, not bothering you, maybe moved away and starts to play with a toy on his own etc, keep the clock running. This is still ‘chill/entertaining himself time’. You should only stop the clock if your dog whines, barks at you, paws at you etc., all indications that he is not coping with having to entertain himself and is trying to engage you in some form of interaction with him. Then stop the clock. 
Either way, you know have a rough indication of your dog’s chill time so far. Now we need to work on extending it bit by bit. You have your guaranteed chill time and now after the Kong is finished, you’re going to extend it by still not looking, talking or touching the dog for another 1 minute. No more. If you try to go for too long and end up with your dog starting to bother you etc it will not be as effective. Only if your dog becomes distressed, will you stop the clock on your additional chill time and give them your attention to cope. But hopefully, you won’t get to that point. 
 
Your next chill time training session will be your guaranteed 10 minutes, plus 2 minutes extra time and so on each time. You can then extend this to one-hour etc and now you know that your dog will be happy and content during these periods of attention famine! 
 
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