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    Hello all,
    I am hoping you can please help.
    I am getting a new puppy this weekend, my first in a long time. He will be an outside dog.
    A few things, I have an event to attend the day after I get him, and will be needing to leave him alone for a few hours.
    As the pup is coming from some distance, the collection date is not negotiable. I also do not have anyone available to stay with him on the day.
    I have spoken to my local vet who advise that it is best to transition the pet into what will become his normal conditions from day 1, and that he should be sleeping outside, and that it would be ok to leave him alone for this day.
    For those who have outside dogs, I am hoping you can provide some tips as to how you have managed this with your pet, and if there are any general transition tips you might be able to offer.
    I hope you can please help with some advice, and that it not be a question as to why I will be having a primarily outside dog (having seen it be raised in some other posts).

    Many thanks in advance

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    My two dogs were outside dogs from their first day home. Well actually my Australian Shepherd Koda spent his first two nights in the laundry but he spent the rest of his time outside. If you set the rules down straight away and give your pup a solid routine he/she should ajust really easily, there will most likely be a bit of whining and crying but all puppies do that when they go to a new home.

    Before you go out the next day, make sure your pup seems settled in the backyard, make sure he/she can not escape from anywhere and also make sure that it has plenty of safe toys to keep it occupied while you're out
    Everyone see's having a dog outside as a really negative thing... I personally would like to have my dogs allowed inside but family have other ideas. But having a dog only outside doesn't have to be negative at all, as long as you still spend enough time with them

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    I'm one of those who doesn't get the concept of outside only dogs as a choice. But as you seem to have made up your mind and don't want to discuss it, there's no more to say on the topic, I suppose.

    You may want to warn your neighbours before he arrives. I've heard pups cry outside when left alone and it can be quite alarming if you don't know what's going on.

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    I'd be searching the whole yard for potential escape points. The little rascals can dig big holes for little dogs !!
    Also make sure the pup cant tip over it's water bowl while your out....or worse still, fall in and not get out. More than one bowl with a big rock or something heavy like that might work. Shady areas for protection from the sun, chew toys, maybe a radio or TV left on so pup thinks he's not alone are a few other things to consider too.
    Pigs ears are good for pups to kill some time on. They are good for their teeth too.
    Heres a list of dangerous plants that can poison dogs or give them skin issues...just in case puppy explores the garden while your gone. If you have any of these plants now might be the time to get rid of them. Could save you a lot of money and heart ache at the vets.
    Photos of Poisonous Plants and Flowers for Dogs - 1st in Flowers!
    Good luck with your new pup !!


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    I don't get the outside dog thing either.

    Mine screamed like she was being slowly murdered by a sadistic cat until I let her sleep next to me. She still sleeps next to me - which is probably what I intended for once she was house trained. So the only hiccup was having to set the alarm for several times a night.

    What kind of dog is it and where are you? I would not wish outside on any dog in SA for the next week...

    And what Sean says - you want to make sure where you have the dog is super secure. Just tying it up will not be enough.

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    I'm another one who doesn't get the outside only dog thingy and who likes to spent as much time as possible with the dogs Our pup didn't whine when we brought him home at all but we too had to leave him alone for a few hours every day. We made sure there was enough time to play with him before we left so he was tired. We also left him something delicious to chew, like a big marrow bone that was far too big for him to crack it. He liked caves so we built him one out of a cardboard box and left him in a safe spot (our laundry). Our neighbor didn't hear any barking or whining from our house so we assume he slept right through our absence.

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    Make sure the yard is secure. I always had my pups inside when they were very small because of the risk where I lived of them being stolen when they were very tiny. Also because they can get themselves into trouble. I would construct a small safe area and leave food, water a toy. Do you have a garage or shed that is not going to get hot? Make sure there is plenty of shade. It got to 46 degrees the other day where I live and for dogs that I leave outside when I work I made sure they had access through a dog door into my laundry which is much cooler. Make sur your pup cant knock over the water.

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    I also will never understand how anyone could want an outside dog...because you are creating more problems than you realize...my Chloe (an ex-rescue) was kept outside in the yard for the first 6 mths of her life by herself and it took me many months to undo the damage.

    You might want to have a look at this.

    Dog Tip: Backyard Dog, Outdoor Dog: Facts, Guidance, Solutions

    I think if you still want something for the outside...you should get one of these...no need to train...walk or pay any attention too either.

    Chloe & Zorro
    Rottweilers and German Shepherds are Family

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    Just because a dog is kept outside doesn't mean that it is going to be treated like a garden ornament. It also doesn't mean that the dog is going to have behavioural issues, or that the dog is going to be deprived of human interaction and have trouble bonding with its family. Sure there are some dogs that are kept outside and get basically 0 attention, and yes those dogs will get issues. But not all outside dogs are treated like that, just the ones who are unfortunate enough to be owned by an irresponsible owner.

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    I agree, MDD. And I know how much time and energy you invest in your dogs. But I also know that you don't keep them outside out of choice.

    I think if I wasn't able to have a dog inside at all, I'd put off getting one until I could. And it is easier to prevent some common issues if they are allowed inside, I reckon. Doesn't mean that all outside dogs will develop problems, but I think it is an important consideration especially for first time dog owners.

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