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    Hi All,

    I am new to this forum and this is my first post! We are picking up our new pup this saturday, a blue heeler, and are very excited. We have a mudbrick constructed kennel outside by the house secured within a professionally constructed fenced enclosure that covers a grassy area of about 5 meters by 5 where the pup will spend its time when unsupervised. My question is is it ok to keep the pup outside at night in its den/enclosure from day one or should we keep him indoors close by for a period of adjustment?

    Cheers.

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    I definately think inside for a time to adjust.

    Poor little bugger has just been removed from his Mum and littermates so will feel quite disorientated and vulnerable. He will need company and to feel safe for a while until he gets used to his surroundings.

    Congrats on your new little Cattle dog. I have one myself and they are amazing breeds.

    The enclosure sounds great for when he will be alone. Is there any tree's for him to lie under in the enclosure?

    Looking forward to seeing pictures!!

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    Hi. I agree with time inside to adjust.
    I too have blue heelers and I find that they are very adaptable to change once they feel secure in their environment.

    Shadow (RIP) was an inside/outside dog that always slept in our room but in the beginning I slept on a camp bed in the loungeroom with him so he did not feel alone. If we were away nights when he was older he was quite happy to be in his kennel outside.

    These 3 I have now have all done the inside/outside bit but now one only spends the night in with us (safety of my cat is the issue here) and it has not taken long for the other two to adjust to being in the pen at night and in during the day.

    In my experience I have found that mixing it around a bit once they have settled in makes for a dog who will happily adjust to change as they were not subject to a rigid pattern.

    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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    Hi,

    Thanks for the replies and some good advise. I will keep the pup with us inside then I think for the first week and gradually introduce sleeping outside in the kennel after that.

    Pics to follow

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    Based on this, I would keep the puppy inside till at least 16 weeks / four months old. You didn't say how old he is now?

    Dog Growth Cycles in terms of Temperament
    • Period of fear 12-16 Weeks
    The puppy will spook very easily in this period, and frightening experiences can have a lasting effect on the puppy.

    In this period, we dont allow children to carry or pick up puppies, nor play with them without close supervision. We try not to allow the pup in contact with dogs we dont know that are gentle with pups. A puppy subjected to an attack by another dog in this period will most likely suffer from fear aggression its whole life.

    Things learned by association are permanent.
    Then again I'm a bit biased, my dog sleeps on her bed next to my bed. I feel like she wouldn't be part of my pack if I stuck her out in the back yard. Most farm dogs are not on their own out the back either. They usually have all their doggy friends around them even if they have all separate sleeping spaces.

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    yes, plenty of trees around the kennel as most of the land around our house is bush. Pup will be 8 weeks.

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    hey

    picking up my new pup in 3 weeks, australian bulldog, and i was planning on sleeping with the dog outside in my swag for the first night so the transition to a new house is a little easier.
    Is this a good idea? or should i leave it inside for the first couple of nights.

    cheers

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    If the pup is to be a strictly outside dog then yes, a great idea for a few nights reducing the time that you are out there.

    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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    Congrats on the puppy! What a exciting time.
    We have a Red Heeler, awesome breed!!.
    When we brought him home he slept inside at night as for the first few nights we was a bit sooky..
    Maybe let the pup sleep inside for the first few months and then slowly introduce him to outside.
    It may sound silly for some but for the 1st month or so at bed time we had to leave a night light on for him.
    Sit, drop & roll!!! So proud of my little man

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    Hello - new to this site, but thought I would add my 'bit'.

    We purchased a Golden Retriever 7 1/2 week old male pup 4 weeks ago. I bought a 'baby safety gate' to put on the laundry door, and left water, comfy bed, and 'puppy kong' filled with 'puppy kong food!' and chewy toy. Jasper (pup) cried off and on the first night, but we did not go to him. I read this important piece of invaluable advice online - just leave him to cry. We did this and not once has he cried since. Each night sleeps through - bliss! We wake up and give him lots of cuddles and attention. That was the best advice I have ever had!

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