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I'm just wondering what you all do if you're gone all day (at the office, ect.) and have to leave your dog at home alone? Do you leave your dog outside, or do you have a doggy door to use?

What about something like the attached, would you see any use in this? It's like a permanent outdoor kennel.

What do you think?
 

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I'm not out much, but I would never leave my dogs outside unsupervised. They could get stolen or poisoned, attacked, or maybe even escape and wander the streets.
Keep your pet inside please, you never know what could happen if you leave them outside.
 

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I leave mine out when I'm at work. I live in a safe place and in the middle of a 600 acre farm. I also did when I lived at my parents, in a very small neighborhood. I've just made sure the yard is escape proof and they've always been fine. I've been preached at for it but it's my decision and I know the risks. I live in a safe area and there's almost always someone home so they're much happier outside.

That looks like a solid kennel, one that would be hard to escape from.
 

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I leave mine out when I'm at work. I live in a safe place and in the middle of a 600 acre farm. I also did when I lived at my parents, in a very small neighborhood. I've just made sure the yard is escape proof and they've always been fine. I've been preached at for it but it's my decision and I know the risks. I live in a safe area and there's almost always someone home so they're much happier outside.

That looks like a solid kennel, one that would be hard to escape from. You know your dog and area, so if you feel it'd be better outside, give it a try.
 

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Mine are only out when I'm home. Not always in sight, but I'm always nearby. I have a fenced yard, on a dead end road, with only 2 other houses.

While I personally wouldn't use it for my dogs, I would love something similar for outside time for my bunny and cat. Again, likely only when I am home.

That said, I think it's a nice enclosure and wouldn't judge someone for keeping a dog there while at work or running errands in nice weather. :)
 

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I don't work so my dogs are very seldom left at home. As it is winter now they are left in the house (some of them crated) if I am away but in the summertime, my three big dogs are left outside in my well fenced yard.

Last year I built a good solid kennel run to leave my Doberman in if I have to be away. My small dogs are always left indoors if I am not home.
 

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I'd not use it but that's only because when I left my dogs outside while I worked I did so so that they could have the run of the yard and I also had a shed they could go into for shelter and plenty of trees in the yard so it was shady during the summer. To me that kennel is on the small side and once a dog house was added for shelter there's not much room left. If I'm going to have my dog in such a small space I'd rather he be left inside in his crate, If I'm going to use a kennel outside then I want it to have a good bit of room so that I can add a dog house for shelter and still have my dog be able to move around.

Something like the 6'x6' or better yet 6'x8' kennels featured at this site Complete Dog Kennel Systems
 

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I would never leave my dogs outside when I'm not home, their lives are not worth it. It only takes once for something bad to happen. People, other dogs, predators.
 
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I wonder if the opinions on this vary at all by dog size. Or fence size

With Simba around 70lbs and Leia still growing past 125 at 9 months I'm really not that worried about other dogs or predators even if they did get in.

which they can't because my fence is high, sturdy and climb resistant.

Now if I had a chihuahua and had to worry about birds of prey as well maybe it'd be different story.
 

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I wonder if the opinions on this vary at all by dog size. Or fence size

With Simba around 70lbs and Leia still growing past 125 at 9 months I'm really not that worried about other dogs or predators even if they did get in.

which they can't because my fence is high, sturdy and climb resistant.

Now if I had a chihuahua and had to worry about birds of prey as well maybe it'd be different story.

With me the size of my dogs does make some difference. My two old dogs were 24 lbs and 44 lbs, I didn't worry about leaving them outside by their selves. Zody is only 11 lbs and small enough to be viewed as prey by many other animals including birds of pery and if I ever had to leave him outside when I'm not home I'd want a very secure kennel complete with a top. Right now if he's outside, I'm outside with him since I live in an apartment and do not have a backyard.
 

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I don't have a fenced yard, so my dogs are pretty much never outside alone. Sometimes I feel bad because Bus will drag his feet coming in on nice days, or lay down and stretch out while we're walking like, "NO, I don't wanna go in!", and I've had other dogs that have really enjoyed just hanging out outside, too. One nice days when Bus wants to linger, I'll gate him on my porch with the door open so I can see/hear him, and when the gates on our deck still latched, I'd sometimes leave him out there, again, only with me nearby and doors open. Annie could squeeze out through the railings of the deck, and hated being left outside without a person, so even when she was younger, I rarely left her out there. Even if we had a fence, I'd be reluctant to leave Bus outside, as he's a digger, and could be under a fence in minutes if he wanted to, though I don't know that he would. The cost to fence our yard with suitable "dog proof" fence (dig proof for Bus, solid and at least 6' for eventual future APBT) would be impossible for me, and even then, I still wouldn't want to leave a dog out for fear someone coming or going would leave a gate open or the dog might find a way out.

I've been wanting a welded wire kennel for forever (since I had the bigger dogs) so I could leave a dog or my cats out on nice days if they preferred, rather than in the house. It's probably the most secure way to keep a dog outside for any length of time, since you can add a wire top, set it on a concrete pad, and chain/lock the gate, and they're much more sturdy than comparable weight/gauge chain link. I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving a dog out with no one home to check in on them all day, but my parents' house is on the same lot as ours, and my mom is pretty much always home- she could take them inside if the weather got bad or they were unhappy. We live in a decent area, but there are still lots of thefts of dogs, and many of those are never recovered. That's another reason I wouldn't want them outside in just a fence.

Regarding that specific kennel, it doesn't look particularly large (6' or less in diameter?), but it's hard to get an idea of scale in that photo. If I were going to spring for a kennel, I'd want at least 40 square feet of space, with preference for a rectangular over square shape to allow more room along the "long" side to allow the dog to stretch their legs a little. A square kennel would offer slightly more room than that one, and probably not be more difficult to fit into most yards. My other preferred breed tend to be escape artists and destructive, so the wood(? Composite?) would make me wary, as would the gaps at the top between the wire and wood- most small to medium dogs could probably squeeze through it. I would also be a bit concerned that over time, urine would cause the wood to rot more quickly, it would probably be better if it were slightly raised to allow air to get under and keep urine soaking to a minimum.

It is definitely nicer looking than most backyard kennels, and looks like it would be sturdy enough for many dogs, so it would just depend on what an individual needed.
 

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My doggy has free range of the kitchen and living room. She doesn't like her crate and she seems to do fine without it. I could never leave my dogs outside unattended. Too many risks. Some neighborhood wandering child could just wander in the backyard, let the dog loose or get hurt. Wild animals. Unexpected bad weather.

The dog shelter you posted is cute. My only concern if you decide to use it is that it doesn't have any solid walls for protection. If it rained hard or there was heavy wind, your dog will get all wet and cold. Although, its difficult for me to tell how big it is from the picture.
 

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I have just ordered a small chain link kennel for my small back yard. There are times when I just don't want them loose, when I am grilling or sometimes when I'm doing stuff with the plants, I have both roses and vegetables planted.
And sometimes I will want to work with one of them without having the others right there, like when I want to brush one of them or work on some training, yet I don't want the others to have to stay inside particularly if it is a beautiful day.
For me, I do not like the idea of leaving my dogs outdoors alone, too much could happen, but an enclosure while I'm there seems like it is going to be useful.
And I'm not judging others- those that live on a farm sometimes do leave their dogs outside and many of those dogs are working dogs in one way or another helping with the farm. Here, in my small town, there is dog theft, and other dangers, so I would not leave for the house with them outdoors.
 

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We leave Samantha in the house, but limit our time gone to no more than six or seven hours. Neighbors just lost a cat to coyotes, and that was inside a gated and walled off area. I frankly would not take the chance, but then I do tend to be pretty protective of her.
 

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The boxed kennel kit arrived a few days ago and I put it together in an hour, and put a dog house in the kennel. It is on the deck. I put the dogs in it for a few minutes that morning, they did not try to get out at all. It appears to be a perfect solution.
 

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Hello,

I'm just wondering what you all do if you're gone all day (at the office, ect.) and have to leave your dog at home alone? Do you leave your dog outside, or do you have a doggy door to use?

What about something like the attached, would you see any use in this? It's like a permanent outdoor kennel.

What do you think?
Looks like a BIG bird cage to me. :)
Depending on which country you're from, my house was fenced so I will just leave my dog outside most of the time. With a kennel/dog house outside of course.
 

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Two of my dogs live inside full time, and just go outside to potty, and sometimes stay out while we're doing yard work. My other 4 dogs live outside full time in large dog pens with dog houses and shade trees. Thankfully theft isn't an issue where I live since I'm in a pretty rural area, and I live in the woods.
 
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