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    All 3 of my dogs are outside the majority of the time (mainly when everyone is out of the house, they can't be trusted inside without supervision!). They have an array of toys ranging from footballs, volleyballs, tug-o-wars, squeaky balls, and Oscar has a strange obession with wearing sacks like capes, so they keep him occupied! We keep a huge bucket of water outside which we need to refill every day, and we don't leave them any food outside because they wolf it down so fast it never lasts! But seeing as your puppy will be by himself, he will get lonely very quickly. So I would suggest getting another dog to keep him company, but I don't know how your parents would react to that idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eskuppe View Post
    Another question: For those of you who keep their dog outside, whatever age they are, how much attention (in terms of playing with them, not food and drink) would they need?
    That will vary from individual to individual. Ours don't really play with toys much, mostly each other. A single dog will probably use more to avoid boredom.

    Try bigger bones that he can chew on for a good while, but careful he doesn't dig up any parental gardens to bury them! If he does, try him on toys that squeak. I got a good rubber chicken the other day from Go Lo which was only a couple of dollars. Because it made a noise at the slightest touch or shake it was a real hit!

    Sadly for poor Mr Rubber Chicken he has now been partially dismembered...

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    Theres nothing we can say to change your parents mind, but that puppy was bought to early and sounds like it wasnt wanted by your parents in the first place.
    He is probly whining because he wants company, he may not have been properly weaned.
    All I can suggest is buy him/her an outside jacket, buy a kennel, and lots and lots of blankets so he/she can get really cosy in there.
    I know you dont want to hear this, but it is infact cruel keeping an 8 week old JRT outside in cold weather.

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    I agree. Poor puppy!
    I also understand that it's pretty much out of your control eskuppe. It looks like the adults in the family need to be educated about proper puppy care. Maybe you can show all these replies to them? or the websites you've been on. Good on you though for seeking advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ally_xx View Post
    All 3 of my dogs are outside the majority of the time (mainly when everyone is out of the house, they can't be trusted inside without supervision!). They have an array of toys ranging from footballs, volleyballs, tug-o-wars, squeaky balls, and Oscar has a strange obession with wearing sacks like capes, so they keep him occupied! We keep a huge bucket of water outside which we need to refill every day, and we don't leave them any food outside because they wolf it down so fast it never lasts! But seeing as your puppy will be by himself, he will get lonely very quickly. So I would suggest getting another dog to keep him company, but I don't know how your parents would react to that idea.
    I don't know that getting another pup in this situation is a great idea.... sounds like they're struggling to care for one.

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    Smile Our puppy sleeps outside

    We have a english mastiff/Bullmastiff/Neapolitan Mastiff and she sleeps outside.

    We first got her at 6 weeks old and slept in the laundry the first night. She made heaps of noise and kept on wanting to stay outside this happened throughout the whole night which was to be expected.

    The next night we put her outside to see if this made a difference well it didnt. She is a outside dog.

    We knew been so young we had to make sure that we provided her with the best things to keep her warm.

    She has a large verandah out of the weather to sleep under
    She has a large kennel with instulation
    Dog warmer pad
    Warm blanket
    A animal pen around the kennel until she is bigger (for safety)

    She is now 8 weeks old today and is such a happier puppy not sleeping inside. I think some dogs/puppies arent inside dogs.

    I think if you provide them with the warm and sercuity area and they feel safe, I cant see the problem if they are happy.

    Our vet said that she is such a happy and friendly puppy and if she likes sleeping outside well we are very lucky.

    She is such a big part of our family she goes everywhere with us.

    I do think it depends of the dog.

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    I personally would never have my dogs sleep outside. Our guys have their beds beside our bed. Jack only spent one night away from us, that was the first night we had him, and he was in our ensuite. From the 2nd night, he's slept beside us, and we have never had a toilet accident with him, he's been such a joy to raise!!

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    i would never dream of leaving my dogs outside any time of the day unless they want to go out. we have a doggy door so can go outiside and inside as they please. they prefer to be inside though unless they need to go to the toilet.

    im a softy i know and i spoil them rotten but i love them and wouldnt have it any other way. i am firm when i need to be though

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