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    when nobody is at home is it better to leave the dog in the house or out? i do not have a crate or a doggy door.

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    I reckon that depends on a number of things, such as your dogs behavior, how many silk'n cashmere rugs you own, how precious your garden is to you, how long for you're gone, whether the area you live in is safe for the dog to be outside, the weather,...
    If you can - I recommend a doggy door That way your pooch can trash your house AND your garden!

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    I leave my dog inside when I'm out. When she was a puppy I did leave her in a crate to minimise the potential for mess but she's fine sleeping on the couch now.

    Doesn't destroy anything and she's had two accidents related to tummy upsets and she did both of them near the back door.

    There are a few neighbours around here I don't trust with barking dogs. Plus the one on the north side has put rat sack out and if the rat brings it here - I want to be around if my dog finds it. And she's a much better burglar deterrent if she's in the house than locked outside it.

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    My four older dogs are inside, my youngsters both just one are outside in a kennel room and run...this is with in the 1/4 acre dog yard, which is within our 2 acre garden...i am a bit of security fanatic as i would hate people to interfere with my dogs. If we go out and it is dark, they are all in, because the pups tend to go to sleep and it is good training for the future, my preference would be all in when we are out for not too long
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    My goofs are outside ....but only because i can trust my close neighbours ....and i dont trust Bronx inside alone at all. We have a large patio area so they are out of the weather.


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    I also leave mine inside when I leave the house. We have a side gate and I don't want anyone escaping because the meter/delivery man left the gate open or a tree/wind knocked down the fence and they escaped. I have client dogs stay here so I am not willing to risk it.

    In saying this, I am never away from home for more than a few hours so there is no risk of toileting in the house unlike those gone for 10+hours per day.

    Dog door is certainly a good choice. Some have one attached to the laundry so the dog only has access to bedding and water inside and outside, which I think is a good idea.

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    Mags is outside unless it is night when we leave her in her bed inside. She has been afraid of the dark since we got her as a pup.
    She has sleep spots outside in the day time and is quite happy. The back yard is very safe and no issues with people getting in unless the gate was left open ( access on one side only)

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    We have a doggy door but if I had to choose I'd probably opt for outside simply because I think the garden and the feral rabbits are slightly more entertaining than our sofa. Nero is a couchpotato but it's difficult enough to get Rox to come inside at night anyway. I have to find her and carry her! We don't have problems with neighbours and we're set back from the road by a longish driveway. So the risk of strangers just walking past and causing trouble are pretty slim. Plus Nero is putting a damn good show for strangers so anyone opening the gate or climbing in would have to be pretty brave. Or dumb.
    Last edited by margoo; 10-01-2014 at 09:50 AM.

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    When the news reports dog napping, i go through a week of keeping them indoors as i dont want them stolen.
    None of mine are destructive.
    Question is: how much can you trust your dog unsupervised inside?

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