Previously, I tried crate training her when I lived with my now ex in the house and she cried, whined, everything horribly like if she was getting hurt. All day, wouldn't stop, so I didn't do that in the apartment so it's not a constant thing. I do have a small crate in the apartment, it's open with a pillow inside and a potty pad on the bottom just in case. She doesn't go in there though. Since I don't have a bed or anything, she sleeps with me on the sofa at night. She's used to climbing the sofa and sleeping there too when I'm not around, well, I'm assuming since that's what she used to do at the house. The apartment is real small. I closed the sliding door that leads to the bathroom and bedroom, so she only has access to the living room, dining room, and kitchen (it's real real small). At first, I was going to gate her in the kitchen, but that's way too small for her and the one time I tried, she was crying horribly. I think she's happier with access to the couch and her toys that are thrown around the floor.
I'm not sure how long she cries. I stood outside for about 3-4 minutes when I was leaving to go back to work after I came to see her on my lunch hour and she would stop, then start again. When she hears noises by herself, she does start barking. I was going to buy a webcam to put so I can see what she does, it would help me understand better. Before I leave, I spray bitter apple on the things I know she would chew on when we lived in the house. She was pretty good with that on her first day alone for that long a time. She didn't poop or pee in the apartment from what I can tell, but we have rug so it might have dried up, who knows. Yesterday I spent most of the day with her and walked her outside a lot so she gets used to pottying outside.
Do you have any suggestions as to how I can get her used to being without me now that she doesn't have her other two doggie companions? Should I leave for short periods of time, anything different? I don't want the neighbors to get mad too if I leave at night and she starts barking. I'm assuming most of the people are at work in the day so when I'm there she doesn't do it at night. I've only had her there since Sunday and Sunday I spent almost all day with her, so today is really the first day she has alone. What's good is that this apartment complex is an open area. It's not like a million apartments next to each other, a few feet in front of you, etc like a hotel, this one is four apartment per floor, two on each side with a big open area in between the other two. I have one neighbor on the top, another on the bottom, and one behind me, that's not counting the ones separated in front. You see how worried I am. lol. I'm worried about the neighbors AND Cookie. She's such an adorable puppy that it breaks my heart seeing her sad, especially now that she doesn't have other dogs to pick on. She is also very hyper. When I take her outside, she pulls me on the leesh, which I want that to change too, if you have suggestions for that. I appreciate your help so much!!