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Old 09-11-2013, 12:13 AM
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Question What age to start leving outside

Hi All,

My BC pup is now 13 weeks old and getting bigger all the time. At the moment while we are at work she is in the laundry with food, water, bed, toys, radio and an open window. However as the weather is getting warmer and she is getting bigger I want to know what everything thinks is the right age to start leaving outside?

We will of course get her a kennel and we have a big long yard that she likes to use as a sprint track. It's a secure yard in that she wont be able to dig her way out.

Our main concern is we are next to the road (not a main one) and worry that someone might see her through the fence and take her? Or that she's just too little to be left with so much space out in the open?

Any comments, thoughts, suggestions are much appreciated.

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i don't understand why you would want to leave her outside? she would most likely be happier if kept inside while you are away, as well as safer. there is much more to worry about than theft, though that is a big concern.

you will find that most members here would encourage you to keep her indoors when you cannot supervise her.

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thanks fawkese - I guess I had the outside idea because friends of ours have 2 huskies that the leave outside all day while at work and let them in when they get home. they seemed to think that I was babying my pup because I leave her inside for the day and she sleeps in our room. whereas their dogs are outside all day and sleep outside at night.

I like the idea of her being an inside dog but I am thinking about a dog door so she can go outside when she wants to for fresh and air bathroom needs.
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No don't listen to those that say you are babying your dog.
Keeping her inside I feel is the best way for both her safety and your peace of mind.

I myself do not like the idea of doggy doors. I know many will disagree with me, but other animals can come into your house when you least expect it.
Another reason, I like to keep my dogs on a schedule for their potty habits,
you will have less chance of a mistake later on.

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I don't think you are babying your dog at all. Then again my dog is more like my child and sleeps in bed with my boyfriend.

I am not a huge fan of doggie doors. Other animals can get it, you don't know when your dog is outside or inside, and no control over potty breaks.
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Inside all the way I wouldn't leave my dog unsupervised outside more than a few minutes. Even then, we have windows all along that side of the house, so I can still see him from inside. The risks are just too great for us. If he were to get loose there are cars all over, people could pick him up and keep him/"He's a stray", other dogs fighting, being stolen, poisoned/injured (sick people in the world), digging, eating things he shouldn't. It goes on an on. The risks are much lower inside.

As for the dog door, on top of all the reasons stated already...I like knowing my dog's bathroom habits. If you don't see what's happening, how will you know when there's a problem?
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I do leave all of mine outdoors when I work. Weather permitting, 12 weeks old is when I start them.
It works well for me with such high energy dogs. They would not be happy lounging indoors, as they even want out to run when I'm home. I have a fenced dog yard for those able to share space, and kennels for those that aren't. Toys, tugs, and chew bones are there, plus access to shade, shelter, fresh water.
Another reason I choose this option is because they need to be acclimated to long hours in any weather for work. If they stayed in air conditioning all day they would have heat exhaustion working in 90 temps.

ETA: I work 24 hour shifts, so I have a kennel hand check the dogs, and let the kennel dogs out to potty, and fill water troughs.

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Some of our dogs are kept outside during the day as well. My parents live in the country on some small acreage, whole property is fenced/gated, and when they are gone, the dogs go in their outdoor kennels. We've never had an issue with them, safety or otherwise, being outdoors in these kennels, and personally, I think they like the fresh air and being able to watch the world go by....

That said, I live within a city, in a neighborhood, and there is no way I'd leave mine outside when I'm gone or unable to supervise. I even have a nice covered kennel in my yard attached to a wood-constructed fully enclosed shed... and the only time they are in that is for temporary containment when I'm out in the yard with them. The same would go even if I just lived in a small town. I would not feel at all comfortable with them outside with no family member home.

Aside from the very possible safety risks people mentioned above, dogs can develop horrible habits when left to their own devices outside. They may start running fence lines, barking at passers-by, barking at the world in general (and earn you a citation from the city), digging, chewing on unsafe stuff, etc.

If you want to leave your pup inside, I'd say go for it.
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I keep my pooches inside. I figure, unless they're working dogs with a job to do (like farm dogs), there is no reason why she can't be inside when I'm gone. It is afterall why rescues usually won't adopt out to people who want outside dogs. I don't think my Tessa would like being outside all day anyway, she's a girl who likes her a/c

I have friends who were admit that they were going to keep their husky x outside because they were made to be outside (their train of thought, not mine). One day they went to work and when they got home to let Moki in, she was gone. Turns out a neighbour saw someone open the gate and take her out; she was too friendly of a mutt to disagree. Never did find Moki, and they still haven't gotten another dog. It was so sad, three rescues bounded together to put up a $2,000 reward and had search teams; they were devastated.
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Thank you everyone for your input, I really appreciate it.

I'm thinking more along the lines now of just giving her a bit more room in the house to wonder while we are at work. We have a long hallway down the middle of the middle of the house that connects to all the rooms and as long as all the doors are closed except the laundry door she's fully contained, in a tiled area but with a bit more room than just the laundry. We do leave the window open for her anyway so she has fresh air coming in.

I think I'm the same as most in that I like to know she is safe when I'm not around and she's only outside when I am there to keep an eye on her. While our yard is all enclosed and fenced off you never know what she will find and start chewing on that isn't safe etc.

The dog door idea is still in my head but maybe more for when we are home she can access the outside for her scheduled potty breaks, just train her to use it when it's potty time only. But have it locked when we aren't there so she can't get out without me knowing. Not sure if this would be possible to train?

Anyway I really appreciate all the advice. It makes me feel a lot better about how I want to raise my dog rather than how other people want me to raise her
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