Can A Cockapoo Be Left Alone?

Getting used to her crate- a cozy den

Cockapoo Home Alone

Cockapoos like many other dogs are fun-loving family pets and when we, the fun providers, are not around our dogs are likely to be a little upset. And some Cockapoos may be more upset than others.

Miniature, Toy and Teacup Cockapoos are bred to be companion dogs so they will feel acute distress when left alone for too long. Cockapoo’s being a very intelligent dog also need a lot of mental stimulation which adds to the problem.

As a rule, no dog should be left alone regularly for long periods. Dogs are pack animals and are naturally sociable. Enjoying solitude is not in their DNA.

But with modern lifestyles most dogs need to accept some periods alone. Smart Cockapoo owners tend to adopt some simple strategies to reduce the stress levels when alone time is necessary.

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Cockapoos find mischief

Separation Anxiety

First let’s identify what separation anxiety actually is. There are different types and levels of separation feelings a dog experiences when left alone.

1. Separation Distress. A symptom you may notice is your dog following you from room to room and always monitoring you for what your next move is. When they sense you are leaving they will show signs of distress and be very over excited on your return. Other signs are:

  • Destruction (tip, don’t give them the chance)
  • Escape attempts and clawing to doors
  • Whining
  • salivation or drooling
  • Inappropriate and/or excessive elimination while alone

2. Separation Anxiety. This is a heightened version of separation distress and is quite a serious condition. A dog can become quite ill and injury themselves if no intervention is made. Their feelings of emotional loss at not being with their owner are too overwhelming. This will often lead to further behavioural and health problems.

3. Separation Excitement. Some dogs enjoy some alone time as they can engage in behaviours (usually destructive) that they know they will not be able to get away with when their owners are present. Although at the other end of the spectrum, it still needs addressing. This is prevalent with Cockapoos because when they are not mental engaged they will find ways to amuse themselves.

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Crating is a good training aid

Can Cockapoo Puppies Be Left Alone?

Yes they can, and in fact training will be much easier for a puppy.

Step one: If you’re fortunate to be training a Cockapoo puppy, crating is a great way to begin and should be started from Day 1. Place your puppy in his crate by your bed. Make it snuggly with a blanket and an old unwashed T-Shirt. Move the crate further away from your bed each night and eventually into the kitchen or the permanent room your Cockapoo will be housed in.

Make sure there is plenty of toys to engage him in there. The crate should be his favourite place to retreat to and be a snug, happy den. Make sure it’s housed in a puppy/dog proof area where he can’t do any damage.

If you’re starting with an older dog the same strategy is sound, although be patient as the fruits of your labour will take longer.

Step two: Start leaving your Cockapoo in his crate while you’re at home. If he is already suffering from separation distress, give him a treat in his crate to enjoy. Come back 20 minutes later. If he is calm when you come back, give another treat. If there’s wild doggy behaviour just ignore him.

Build up the time alone. Trying stuffing the popular kong toy with treats so he has something to occupy him or a marrow bone that takes a while to get through.

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cockapoo puppy left alone can cause destruction

Top Tips for dealing with Separation Anxiety

A good exercise session is the best thing you can do for your Cockapoo before a period of alone time. This is naturally going to lead to relaxation and sleep so the time will fly-by. Here’s some more things to try-

  • To understand the severity of the disorder, try making a video recording of your Cockapoo while they are left alone. It’s really fun to see what they get up to but it may also allay your fears, especially as the training progresses you can see how they gradually learn to cope alone.
  • Give your Cockapoo some meals / snacks inside his crate, so he actually looks forward to you leaving because he knows something good is coming.
  • Leave the radio on, or if you want to take it a step further, make a recording of normal family time and play it on a loop. The familiar noises bring comfort that ‘all is well’. This is a technique used for puppy socialisation and it’s very effective.
  • De-sensitise your Cockapoo to your ‘leaving the house routine’ by doing all the things you normally do… but then go nowhere. The feelings of anxiety will dissipate after a while and he will lose that trigger that starts the distress.
  • When you do return home make it as low key as possible. Fight the urge to make a big fuss of him and just sit down. When your Cockapoo is calm, greet him. Don’t fuss the mad-dog welcome-home behaviour.
  • Always leave plenty of fresh water.
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Build a damage proof area near the crate

So How Long Can I leave My Cockapoo alone for?

  • 3 or 4 hours should be fine for you to run some errands and come home. Any longer than that and toileting becomes an issue.
  • If you’re going out for a days work or a whole shift, I would advise getting a dog walker / pet sitter. 8 Hours is a long time to leave your Cockapoo a lone.
  • When you do leave, make sure their crate door is left open so they can roam in their play area and maybe hide a few treats around the place.
  • Don’t leave your Cockapoo locked in his crate for longer than an hour. Ideally they should be free to explore a bigger area.

A Final Thought

A common reason for giving up on a dog is separation related behaviours, so it’s important to address this issue. Make the effort so your Cockapoo can be left alone, and happily so.

how long can a cockapoo be left alone
Getting used to her crate- a cozy den


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F1 Cockapoo: Understand Breeding Generations

F1 Cockapoo – What does it stand for?

F1 Cockapoo (F denotes the word Filial) this is the term used for the first crossing of a Standard Poodle with a Cocker Spaniel.

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F1 Cockapoo at 13 weeks

The generations are worked out by always adding one number up from the lowest number parent.
The second generation (F2), is the offspring of two F1 parents.

The third & fourth generation (F3) & (F4) are the offspring in succeeding descendants of continued inbreeding of the original F1 parent dogs.

What is a F1b Cockapoo?

F1B, F2B, etc…

This denotes when a litter has been backcrossed to one of the parent breeds. Backcrossing to the Poodle is done to improve aspects of the First Cross breed. Usually to change the curl of the coat type. It is unusual therefore, for breeders to backcross to the Cocker Spaniel parent.

It’s worthwhile discussing what class of cross breed you would like to get with a breeder. If they are a responsible breeder they should be knowledgeable and keep written records of the pedigree of the sire (male) and dam (female).

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F1B Cockapoo puppy at 15 weeks

Do F1 Cockapoos’ Cost More Money?

They shouldn’t cost any more money. Raffles Cockapoo has a price list which is typical of a reputable breeder.

There may be higher stud fees for a KC registered Cocker Spaniel but stud fees are often variable depending on how far the mum and dad live from each other, considering fuel costs.

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F1 Cockapoo at 15 weeks

Cockapoo F1 Puppies for sale

Beware of prices that are too low like £500. This can be enticing but think about what corners were cut in the breeding practice and how you might up with a genetically sick dog. I wrote a in-depth article about this to help people avoid puppy scams.

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Puppies need to sleep a lot

F1 Cockapoo vs F2 Cockapoo

F1 are 1/2 and 1/2 mix of the respective pure breed parents. They take on specific traits in terms of coat and colour, but you will have a Cockapoo with roughly 50% Poodle and Cocker Spaniel characteristics.

F2 is a mix of either:

  1. F1 + F1
  2. F1 + F1b
  3. F1b x F1b

This means the possibilities of different characteristics multiply so the puppy will have a mix of traits. As mentioned above.

F1 Cockapoo at 2 weeks
F1 Cockapoo at 2 weeks

F1b parentage will tip the breed one way or the other and as I said, is used to hone a particular quality that the breeder desires.


In terms of temperament, health and making a great family pet, F1 vs F2 doesn’t matter. A well bred puppy is the critical factor purchased from a reputable breeder that loves dogs more than profit.

My first Cockapoo will walk you through that process.

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