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    At what age did you start leaving your puppy outside?

    We are getting a large puppy playpen for Poppy on Friday and we are wondering whether we should leave her inside when she is home alone or outside?

    What do you think?


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    Most people will go shock horror, but my dogs go outside from 8wks. They are confined to the large pergola until they are past the age where a goanna could get them if I'm out. When I am home they have the run of approx 1 acre because I will hear the other dogs barking if any reptile visitors drop in.

    At night I like to confine them to their dog run because of the bandicoots etc.

    But they must have access to shelter, shade, sun and blocked from areas where they can get trapped behind in or under.

    So I guess it depends on your own yard as to what you do. But mine are most happy outside. Inside is for behaving oneself.

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    10 weeks I think, but it should happen gradually IMO.
    Starting off about 2 hours outside, increasing half an hour every day.
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    What on earth is a playpen for? She's a dog!

    Start putting her outside each day for an hour. Slowly increase it, or do it a couple of times each day, if you get my drift. The idea is like Myf said, to slowly get her used to being outside, and more importantly - alone. This will also help her self-confidence greatly.

    Make sure she has all the requirments she needs such as what MAC has informed you, and that either your yard, or the area of yard she has access to is secure.

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    Why the playpen? Is it because the backyard is not completely safe for her to be in by herself?

    Look...it has taken a fair while to get Ruby used to being outside with Sumo. I made the mistake of just having her inside with me a lot and when it came to me having to put them outside when I had to go out...she would be screaming and press her head to the door as to say...CAN'T YOU SEE ME???

    The screaming I know is annoying, but if you let her in when she is screaming...trust me, next time she will scream louder for you to give in. It is the same thing as with crates. You NEVER let your dog out of the crate while they are screaming for your attention...you ignore that behaviour and ONLY let in/out when they are calm and not showing attention seeking behaviours.

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    When we're out Batty is indoors, in the air con, in his crate. My next door neighbours (on both sides) have dogs that aren't friendly with other dogs at all, and they frequently escape their yards or worse still are let out.

    Batty is happier in his crate than he is outside or wandering around the house. My house is safe, nothing will be chewed (he discovered toilet paper yesterday ) and I know he is safe which is the most important thing. Batty spends a lot of time outdoors playing, in fact we're out there now - thank dog for wireless internet! He also spends a lot of time outdoors by himself, when I'm home so I can supervise. When he is older then I will be more comfortable leaving him unsupervised outdoors but for the moment it's too risky for him and I in our situation.

    Puppy playpens are good and bad IMO - they're good for the very young puppies as it keeps them contained and safe at the same time as allowing them to experience the big wide world. There are dangers with them as well. What happens if puppy jumps at the side and it falls/collapses? What if a predator gets into your yard when you aren't home? What if she jumps out of the play pen and gets into some chemicals or plants that are toxic? Batty can climb up the side of anything that's wire mesh and does so very quickly - would Poppy be safe if she did the same thing?

    I most definitely agree with ignore the screaming! It does work, just persist with it! Batty was horrific when I was first leaving him alone, now he is quiet when we go out.

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    Thanks for the advise.

    So far she has been an inside dog only going out with us to play and go toilet. We have yet to leave her outside alone.

    Our yard is secure for her when she gets bigger but there are some gaps that I think she could squeeze through hence the puppy playpen.

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    Then you need to get materials in to fix the gaps.

    If she is only going outside when you take her there then I hope you are doing some other confidence building exercises.

    Or what about a proper run and kennel. I have approx 35msq completely enclosed dog run with two kennels. It has large rocks, ferns, their shell, half the roof is covered and then there is shade cloth put over the entire thing. Weld mesh has been buried into the ground to stop digging in or out, part of it is paved and the other part is river sand with tufts of grass. It's about the size of a car and a half garage. Its where they go at night/in season/non dog visitors etc.
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    My house area has no yard and twice now Pretty has taken the pups exploring 1km away, ugggh, anyone could have picked them up.
    If you are not happy with the yard then the pen is a good idea. Mine have been outside since one month of age. (that was in a small pen, with the 4ft long dog box and under the carport with shade cloth on the sides. Mine are predominantly outside and in when I want them in. Bandit (he of the buttoned eye) is now unstitched and back outside with the others.

    15 years ago Shadow was a lone pup here, he got used to being out or in very quickly. I would sometimes sit out there with him, then tell him I was going in and watch him through the windows. I started with short times, a toy to keep him happy. He got to the stage of him telling me when he wanted to be out or in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    At what age did you start leaving your puppy outside?

    We are getting a large puppy playpen for Poppy on Friday and we are wondering whether we should leave her inside when she is home alone or outside?

    What do you think?

    8 weeks.

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