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    So, I adopted a perrrty Maltese-Terrier mix between 4-6 months old. My wife and I both work at the same time, so there is a period of the day where he is alone with our 13 year old cat. Obviously, we are worried about him being sad as he hates it when we leave and cries a lot. We are keeping him in his Kennel when we are not home for the first week or so until we are confident he is pad trained. Oddly, we thought the cat might be a problem, but he honestly could not care less about the puppers.

    Anyway, I have heard that turning the television on when you are away can help. Now, I am a youtuber and literally have hundreds of hours of my commentary and podcasts that I could play on the TV. Has anyone had experience with using the TV? Does it help, and would using videos with my voice be more or less effective?

    Thanks in advance!!!!

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    Re: Can hearing my recorded voice help when I'm not home?

    First thought is that if the dog is 4-6 month olds and there is an older cat there too, that there is nothing wrong with keeping the dog crated during the alone time for the safety of the cat and dog both. That's an age when he might increase chewing, increase chasing the cat, etc. Even if the dog is small, a terrier is bred to hunt and might decide chasing the cat is fun.

    Are you going to strictly pad train him or are you aiming for pad training during the day and outside potty when you are home? The latter can be complicated to many dogs and unless you are away from home an excessive number of hours, you might consider to train for outside only potty.

    Do you have an idea of how long he cries when you leave?

    TV may or may not help. I have not observed overall that dogs recognize individual human voices over TV, the phone, or such. It can be a good background noise if you have issues with things like much foot traffic and speaking outside (common in apartment complexes) but a fan can also mask some background noise for easier than trying to play podcasts on the TV. Doesn't mean it isn't worth trying since you already have everything needed, just that I wouldn't expect a huge difference in behavior.

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    Re: Can hearing my recorded voice help when I'm not home?

    I always feel like in these situations, hearing their people's voices while not home would actually be more confusing for the dog... Like... "I HEAR them... where ARE they..." I'm not a dog so obviously I don't have any idea, but I am skeptical that it can actually help. Perhaps just general music or TV if you want some background noise. There is a DOGTV channel but if you ask me, it's like torture for the dog to watch a bunch of dogs on TV. LOL!
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    Re: Can hearing my recorded voice help when I'm not home?

    We are having the same issue with our frenchie puppy. I've tried leaving the tv on and puppy anxiety play list. Not working so far

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    Re: Can hearing my recorded voice help when I'm not home?

    I agree with Shell about keeping him crated while you're away.

    I leave the TV on for my dog when I'm away at work; I don't know if it's any comfort to her, but it provides background noise so she doesn't hear and obsess about every other sound in the neighbourhood.
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    Re: Can hearing my recorded voice help when I'm not home?

    I have tried with the dog monitor app to talk to my puppy while I am away when he was having trouble calming. But for me at least, it seemed to have little effect to calm him.

    I usually leave an audio book on. When he was younger he seemed to calm down in his crate and even just in the house when we had some sounds on, as long as you make sure it is not some show with lots of door knocking/animal noises. Hence why we choose audio books with calm readers to avoid sounds that might disturb him. Of course he hears these sounds, we just try to limit them when we are not there.

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