I have a 3month old StaffyxCattle pup named Tasha. She is very energetic and ballsy, sometimes barks at the next doors neighbors full grown dog. Lol.
I just have some general questions regarding her. For instance: Is it ok to keep her outside the majority of the day, and by that I don't mean completely outside she has the laundry to retreat to with her bed. She has fresh water and fed twice a day. She has a lot of space out back and plenty of toys. Ive noticed the consensus is not to keep puppies outside but I only do it because she keeps jumping up on my 2yr old and scratches her. Sometimes bites too but playfully. I want to keep her distance from my daughter until shes a bit more trained. Ofcourse even my toddler loves her so much and lets her in all the time haha. I didn't do my research before buying Tasha, it was a spur of the moment thing, saw her at the pet shop fell in love, didn't think rationally etc. In hindsight I should have waited a bit longer until my daughter Abbi was older but it's too late now, and we can't imagine giving Tasha up we are definitely attached. I feel bad though leaving her outside. Shes used to it now only whimpers sometimes, but I put her out purely for the safety of Abbi. Is this ok? Or must I let her back inside will it make her an upset dog and clingy or independent?
Also when she bites we grab her muzzle and put her head to the ground. Is this ok? We sometimes smack her but only if shes really naughty, is that ok also?
And finally she is a bit bored and destructive which is totally understandable even though I try to walk her everyday or second she just has too much energy. Are there any special toys you could recommend for a very active dog?
Looking forward to the replies thank you