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How to Leave a Vizsla Alone?

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Hi fellow V parents!
Coming to you for your expert advice: how to teach/get the pup to stay at home alone, in peace and quiet? We live in an apartment building and leaving ours at home honestly makes me have panic attacks on behalf of the neighbours, and his own wellbeing.

Context: Our boy Buckwheat is now 4.5 months, and I work from home so I am constantly at home; except when I have to leave for errands or appointments.

Our crate training strategies have pretty much failed with a bang as he breaks himself out of it even when having his bed in there along with frozen Kongs and toys to entertain himself, and has been walked/pottied/tired out; as a result of the breaking-out he has torn skin off his snout twice, so we no longer put him in the crate when leaving home.
The one time since he has been left alone, he had made a pee-pool out of the hallway, broken into the cleaning pantry and attacked the vacuum hose, and was screaming his head off (I'd been gone for about 2 hours for a visit to the dentist's) when I came back. Again, he had Kongs with treats supplied but has seemed to not bother with them for longer than 10mins (only a little bit had been licked through).

Besides the aforementioned which is our main and most painful issue, behaviour-wise he's a rather calm pup (compared to some of the tales I've read on here), knows his basic commands, sleeps contentedly (wherever his bed is!) or plays with his favourite squeaky lion toy whilst I work, but being left alone without me in sight - he will absolutely not have it.

Any and all advice, experience stories or strategies on how to turn this around and make him comfortable with being alone and just sleeping through my absence will be highly appreciated, I thank you all in advance!

Picture of Buckwheat for your enjoyment below:
Dog Dog breed Liver Carnivore Working animal
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Will also echo going back to crate training. Unfortunately it will take time and not giving in to their cries and yelping. If you haven’t done already you can try playing lots while he is inside the crate. Also nap time in the crate. He needs to see his crate as his own safe place where he can be happy and have rest.

In order to leave him by himself, you really need to build up the time of him being alone. Start by stepping outside for a few seconds or minutes and build it up. He will soon know that you are coming back. We also have a word to indicate that we will be away. We say ‘see you later’ and that means he is not coming with us but we will be back. Also, it helps when he is exercised and tired before you leave him by himself.
This will take time but it’s worth it. Now at three years old, we can leave our V for hours and he will just happily nap the whole day while we are away.

P.S. we also fund it helpful having house rules like what he can or cannot touch in the house or which room he is not allowed.
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