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    Hi All,

    Just after some advice or guidance regarding our situation.

    My wife and I are thinking of leaving our beloved dog (Hazel) outside in our secured backyard while we are at work, but we are not too sure whether it’s a good idea as we have heard conflicting messages online in regards to leaving dogs outside where it leads to bad behaviour’s in dogs.

    Right now she’s an inside dog where she will be in the living room all day when we are at work, but we are thinking of leaving her outside to play and have some fresh air on nice sunny days.

    If we are going to leave her outside we are planning to get her a dog house in the shade with plenty of water and food for the day.

    Hazel is currently a 1.5 year old German Spits X Pomeranian, what do you guys think? Is it advisable to leave her out during a nice sunny day?

    We normally get home around 6:30pm.

    Any advice/tips would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,
    JT

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    The only thing I would be concerned about is that if she is not use to being outside she may start barking or do something destructive. I would probably trial her outside on days you are home to supervise her and do it for short periods of time until she gets use to it.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    What about installing a dog door? then she has choice over her 2 environments.

    ps. my dogs sleep all day im not here. they dont play outside, till im home to take over guard duty for them. Then its their play time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    What about installing a dog door? then she has choice over her 2 environments.

    ps. my dogs sleep all day im not here. they dont play outside, till im home to take over guard duty for them. Then its their play time.
    Unfortunately with how the house is designed that isn't an option for us, as the whole back entry/exit is glass.

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    Fresh air and sunshine would be great. But with her breeding I would be worried about barking. Spitzes in general can be barky, as they are very alert and aware of every little thing going on around them. They can even get yappy...

    Do you have any good neighbours who are home during the day? Maybe you could try her for a day and get them to keep an ear out for any barking?

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    Maybe you could have her outside playing whilst you guys are at home, she can get used to being outside while you are home and can keep an eye on her. Get her used to having to stay outside.

    When my lab was a pup <6 months, I was so worried to keep her outside when i went to work, we also have a HUGE back yard (acre) but she was fine, and like someone mentioned above, when i am gone, she tends to sleep and potter about and then the playing and carrying on starts when i get home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peppersmummy View Post
    Maybe you could have her outside playing whilst you guys are at home, she can get used to being outside while you are home and can keep an eye on her. Get her used to having to stay outside.

    When my lab was a pup <6 months, I was so worried to keep her outside when i went to work, we also have a HUGE back yard (acre) but she was fine, and like someone mentioned above, when i am gone, she tends to sleep and potter about and then the playing and carrying on starts when i get home.
    Our pup is the same... we started by leaving her for a couple of hours here and there. On the first full day we got a friend to pop their head over the fence just to check, and she was fine. Happy laying in the sun and playing with her toys. Doesn't start sooking until we are home lol

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    You can get a insert for glass sliding doors. For $250, that puts a dog flap into a panel, that fits in the runners of your bog standard roller doors. Made to your measurements. I got one on line. Brilliant investment. Just got us a not housetrained pup, all sorted in under a week with this thing.

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