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    Default Puppy prefers Outside

    Hi All,

    We got our yellow lab just over a week and a half ago now. From day one I have tried to follow the rules in terms of getting her used to her crate, fill it with hidden goodies, encourage her to go in with treats, let her in and out, close the door for a bit, let her out, etc etc etc.

    Anyways after a week on the couch she just doesnt seem to be liking it. Each night is generally the same with me telling her no, good girl, no good girl etc etc until she finally falls asleep for about 1.5 hours.

    The last couple of nights I've let her sleep outside while we were watching TV, I slept on the couch with the door wide open waiting for her to whine at the door and both nights I have not heard from her until 6am.

    I'm still trying to encourage her to spend time inside but it seems she just prefers to sleep outside.

    I'm a bit worried and feel bad because she's only a 10 week old.

    To counter this I've fenced off most of my backyard and puppy proofed as much as I could, she now has free roam only to my patio and a section of grass for her to learn to wee on etc.

    Have people experienced this before?

    Am I doing the wrong thing letting her stay outside like that?

    Any help much appreciated

    Cheers

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    Where and what is she sleeping in outside ?

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    If she has a nice comfy bed that is suited to the weather then i reckon its fine
    If she wants to sleep out there, then she obviously isn't unhappy, so there shouldn't be any reason to feel bad. Both my dogs are outside dogs (not my decision, its family rules) they were both raised outside from 8 weeks old, and are both perfectly happy. My Kelpie hates coming inside, the longest i've ever managed to keep her in the house was about 2 minutes, as soon as i open the door, she's straight out again My Aussie is much the same, I think he'd like to come in occasionally for the human companionship, but he still is very happy to stay outside.

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    She has two comfy beds out there and she generally chooses to sleep on the lawn! Although my lawn is currently in pretty good nick, very thick and soft so maybe thats why.

    I've been putting her crate out there under the patio incase she decides to give it more of a go, generally chuck a few treats in there for her, it's sitting next to an even nicer bricked kennel with soft bed inside if she decides thats more her thing.

    I bring her in and sit her at my feet while we're watching TV but after a while she goes and sits next to the door, not even to pee, just to go outside and lay on the grass or bricks.

    I just dont want her to be isolated too much, this is our first family dog and I'm trying to do everything right to make sure she's as best trained as we can manage but she's just not following the rules!!!

    I even have a lab who has decided food is ok but nothing to get excited about...

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    I wouldn't worry too much ! It is really early days for your pup - you haven't had her that long !

    Maybe this is where she slept when she was at the breeders and she knows no different ?

    As long as she is safe and can't get up to any mischief - see how things pan out. She definitely appears to be spoilt for choice on the beds available.

    Now - what about a photo or ...... of this new pup of yours !

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    Don't take that the wrong way, but if your pup prefers to be alone outside rather than sitting with you watching telly maybe you're not terribly interesting What are you doing when she is inside? Do you play games or cuddle with her? Or is she not interested?

    Our BC x likes sleeping outside too. I think she enjoys watching the possums in the trees and the mice in the garden. We boring people just can't compete with that much action. Unfortunately she also enjoys barking at them... so she now has to sleep inside - like it or not. Our lab x is totally different. He likes sleeping as close to us as possible. And that means under the duvet with a paw on my foot.

    But anyway I think they come in all shapes and sizes. So if your pup just prefers the outdoors, is happy and content and it doesn't cause any problems (e.g. barking) I wouldn't worry too much either. Do you have a doggy door? So she could come in and sleep on a comfy inside bed if she gets cold or lonely?
    Last edited by margoo; 04-15-2014 at 10:12 AM.

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    I agree with Riley that it is too early to start worrying. It takes a few weeks for a dog to adapt to a new home. I would just do lots of things to help the bonding process. Simple trick training, tug of war, walks, chasie in the backyard, etc. And just give her time to adjust and see where you're at in 2 or 3 weeks. All pups are different too. Our previous foster pup, even though she was affectionate, took about 6 weeks to really start bonding to me.

    And lastly, where are the photos?!

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    I agree with Riley, most likely this is what you pup is used to doing from when she was a young pup. Just keep working at it, do lots of training and fun stuff inside, including lots of "on your bed" or whatever and it will come together soon enough. Just keep working away at it, she will come around soon enough. It sounds like outside is her safe place, you just have to keep working, she's 10 weeks old, it won't take her many weeks to learn she's allowed and wanted to be inside with you if you keep at it
    Last edited by mymatejack; 04-15-2014 at 08:16 PM.

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    I think this puppy has the owner training well in hand...

    As my favourite training guru would say -
    "Who is driving the bus here?"

    Paw-wheel drive: It's a dog... driving a bus. No really! | News.com.au

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