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    We have had 3 weeks off for the arrival of our 2 Staffy pups, now 16 weeks old. They sleep in the kitchen in a shared crate (we have 2 crates but they insidt on sleeping together and it works fine so far). In another week and a half we shall be returning to work. On just one or two days max (at the weekends) they will be alone from 6.30am until 6pm and I am starting to worry about what we shall do with them. My OH says we could put a crate outside on our patio, which is mostly protected from the rain. Can dog flaps be inserted into glass panels? Can you get them big enough for Staffy's when they are fully grown?
    We have the possibility that a neighbour could come to spend an hour with them and feed them through the day but is it cruel to think of doing this?
    Outside they eat all sorts of bits in the garden and I am so worried about it now. Have you any advice please?
    I think an enclosed protected kennel is a must if they are to be outside but is it crazy at this age to have them outside alone for so long?

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    My dogs have stayed home for up to 12 or more hours from the day i got them, just depending on where i am working at!

    time now to fix your yard, puppy proof it, remove anything they will eat, fence around gardens and make sure there is nothing they can get to. Make sure they have water and shelter and toys that are safe.

    if you do a search for Pig In Mud - they make dog flaps that can go in glass sliding doors.

    A dog walker/pet sitter is a great idea for during the day, saying that, I never got one for my dogs.

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    I think basically along the same lines as above.

    My dogs are outside when I'm not home. I check daily for holes etc along fence lines and have done the odd patch job where I think there is a possibility for escape. If you think it's possible they could get thru a spot go on the side of caution and fix up.

    Yes I think a good quality kennel to protect them from the elements is a must. Keep it right by the back door so they are inclined to use it. I also like trampoline beds and go to Op shops etc to get blankets to put in them if you think they may destroy good stuff.

    My only concern is theft. SBT are a common dog to take. I don't want to alarm you and its never entered my head until recently. I have no choice but to put my lot out, they would hate being inside, especially today when the sun is shinning.

    I think a dog door is an excellent idea.

    I would also suggest, if you haven't already done so to get them used to being alone outside. And also outside even when you are home. It builds confidence for the times you have to go out.

    Good luck, hope it all goes well. They have each other and a family that cares a great deal about them by the sounds of things. Also when you're not around they may rely on each other just that bit more.

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    As I am on a farm, no house fences, we have a home made pen, 15ft x21 under a tree with a snug dog box in it. The 2 6 month old heelers go in that for their security whilst their mother is fine left out. I am usually home but lately have been away a bit and will be for the next month.

    Different to your situation.

    An area to get out of wind/rain/sun. Food, water, some toys for boredom and all should be good if your yard is secure.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I would put them in two separate crates side by side and leave them inside, having made sure they've toileted outside ok.

    You can get dog doors for glass panels.

    If you have SBT, outside, make sure nobody can get into your back yard eg padlock your gates, so they have to climb in or break in, ie have a case to answer re trespassing or break and enter. Make sure there are no pickets to catch collars, or have breakaway collars, make sure the staffies cannot jump or dig out anywhere, or build an escape proof dog run.

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    Don't feel too guilty. Remember they've already got the ultimate dog toy - each other!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I would put them in two separate crates side by side and leave them inside, having made sure they've toileted outside ok.


    for 12 hours?

    ETA: wait, do you mean crated for 12 hours? Or just have run of house for 12 hours?

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    For chew monsters, access to nothing that can be chewed.

    Yes for 12 hours.

    Back yard with good fences and weather protection would be better though.

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    There is no way i would lock a 4 month old puppy up for 12 hours - i wouldnt do it to an adult dog, let alone a puppy

    Fix the yard and let them out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrorbull View Post
    There is no way i would lock a 4 month old puppy up for 12 hours - i wouldnt do it to an adult dog, let alone a puppy

    Fix the yard and let them out there
    I agree!

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