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This is a discussion on What age to start leving outside within the Puppy Help forums, part of the Dog Training and Behavior category; Personally, I don't leave my dogs outside, that's just the way it is. My friend has a Wolf/Husky Rescue that has a big kennel built ...

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Old 09-11-2013, 09:15 PM
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Personally, I don't leave my dogs outside, that's just the way it is. My friend has a Wolf/Husky Rescue that has a big kennel built (like 30 feet x 15 feet). It is about 8 feet tall and has a roof on it. She often prefers to be in the kennel honestly!

If I tried to put my girl in a kennel she would sit in a corner and wonder why she wasn't inside. In Australia I would be a little worried about your pup eating something poisonous though! Maybe I'm just a naiive Canadian...

I'm not saying don't leave her outside, but if she doesn't like it she is probably more suited to inside.

My dad's BC mix could probably escape anything FYI, she's a little houdini. Just watch out.
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:36 AM
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Thanks Zoorun.

Yea I am a bit worried about what might be in the garden like spiders and as the weather gets warmer lizards (though not poisonous still not good to chase/eat). Also worries about escaping, if she gets into the habit of digging she might get under the fence and away. I'd never forgive myself if something happened to her.

Definitely happy to have her in the house with us and contained inside when we aren't home just for the peace of mind
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Personally I would never do it. Even if Hugo wasn't such a small dog...dog theft is a huge issue in my area & I have snakes, spiders & an in ground pool to worry about. Plus, you don't know what poisonous weed might pop up over the course of a day or so without you noticing.

But, with that being said, if you're absolutely confident of the safety of your yard & you don't feel that the pup would become in any way neurotic being left alone out there...than go for it.

And dont stress about what other people say Some call it "babying" but we call it loving & being responsible
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So last night we trialled the 'more space' option by leaving the door to the hallway open but all other doors closed off. I think she liked it because there was less mess i.e. food and bedding hadn't been thrown all over the place. We were only gone a couple of hours but this is progress.

We have done the same this morning while we're at work, hoping to find a happy girl when I get home

Houseisazoo - thank you for reminding me about weeds. I feel bad I didn't think about that. And last night I even found red bull ant mounds out the front. More and more reasons to have her inside and only let out when I can supervise her.
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Houseisazoo - thank you for reminding me about weeds. I feel bad I didn't think about that. And last night I even found red bull ant mounds out the front. More and more reasons to have her inside and only let out when I can supervise her.
You're welcome Oh but don't feel bad! You know....Australia...be alert but not alarmed. The safest course of action is to operate under the belief that the whole country is out to destroy us lol.

I also forgot the mention the fire ants & birds of prey (I have seen a hawk grab a baby goat & I we almost lost one of our old family dogs to a hawk once...its definitely possible)

Best of luck with Lexi
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Definitely not babying your dog by letting her be inside. . Both our dogs love being near us, and when we leave they stay inside anyways. We do have a pet door, and I really like that. Both my dogs love to be in and out all day, and that's fine, but I got sick of leaving the sliding glass door open, so we just got a doggy door insert for it. Really easy to install and it also has a panel that closes it when we want them to stay inside (I.E: bed time, when we aren't home).
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Some dogs are not as happy being kept indoors actually.
My past Alaskan Malamute mix hated being kept indoors and would try to escape every time to get to her kennel. You went to the restroom even she would try to escape,one time succeeding.
She wasn't afraid of being inside,enjoyed for like ten minutes at a time,but still preferred her kennel.
My Rottie also escaped once to get outside,although he likes being indoors more the the Malamute.
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Susie, my Bernese cross prefers to sleep outside in her dog house. I have a long driveway with a good gate on it, then my yard has a picket fence around it so most people do not even see the dogs. I also live out in the country so Kris, my Dobe, has spent most of the summer outside with Susie if I am going out. She does come in the house during the day, off and on, when I am home and sleeps in her crate at night. Susie sleeps either indoors or out, whichever she prefers. All my little dog are in the house when I am not home and are never out overnight.
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