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    Default Training puppy to sleep outdoor?

    Hello,
    I'm Caren. This is my first time having a dog as my pet. I have a 2 months old welsh corgi puppy. She has been sleeping inside my boyfriend's bedroom with indoor playpen. At my house, she's sleeping in the laundry (just across my bedroom). I potty trained her to release herself inside the toilet where I put the pee pad and newspaper which I replace every couple of hours.
    However, recently when I went to city farmers, the workers there said it's fine to train the puppy to sleep outside, the younger the better? Her doctor also said it's fine for her to sleep outside.
    I have a large backyard with a large shedded area (half size of basketball court)
    I set up a very large wooden kennel and confined it with a 30inch, 8 panels play pen. The wooden kennel size is for a large dog such as rottie. I put her toys, pillow, blanket in it. With water bowl just outside her kennel with newspaper inside the pen but I put it as far as I can from the kennel.
    Can anybody tell me if I've done the right thing. I don't want to hurt the puppy or anything I read some articles online and some people have been saying it's cruel to leave a small puppy outside.
    At the moment I kept a close supervision every hour. She seems fine with her playpen and wooden kennel. Sometimes I found her sleeping outside, but she started to play and lay around her kennel when I gave her treats inside the kennel. She rarely yelp or whine. She usually whines after she peed or release herself at night so I got up and clean it for her so she everything will stay clean.
    This is her first time being outside. I'm worried if I've done the wrong thing. I really feel like bringing her inside.
    Can I put her in the soft carrier at night when she sleeps so I can slEep with her inside my bed room?

    Thanks everyone for reading this, your inputs will be really helpful and valueable to me.
    Last edited by Caren&Chloe; 04-10-2012 at 03:05 AM.

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    HI Caren and Chloe
    Your dog is fine to sleep outside at night. I have a 6 month old and a 3 yr old. They both sleep outside, all weathers. they are descendants from wild dogs, who don't have kennels and do just fine. You may find transitioning your dog is a bit like having a new pup, where it may whine a little for first couple of nights.
    If you allow your dog access to where it toilets, and it can get back into its bed freely, you wont need to go to it in the night. Personally, i couldn't be bothered to get up and let my dog toilet, id be going for leave it access to outside and it will not pee its bed.

    In our old house, they had a dog flap in the back door, and access to both in and outside every day. Under these conditions, the dogs chose to be outside as we are outside people too. In the winter, they come in and lay at our feet in the house, but come bed time, the GSD is already in his bed outside, and we just shove the rottie out, who gives us a dagger look, as she slumps off to spoon with her playmate who has a long coat and very cuddly, like your dogs pillow no doubt.

    I'm from England, where dogs are always kept indoors, despite most housing being a 2 rooms upstairs, 2 rooms downstairs. There was always room for your dogs. Here, in Aus, outside seems the norm.

    I let my dogs choose, and they chose outside.

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    LOL..Well I have my dogs indoors. we even had our working dogs indoors. Even though all the farmers told us they would not work properly. Mine won many events and working dog titles.

    I personally like my dogs with me, I do not treat my dogs like kids, mine have their own places in the house and are well mannered. I find my dogs do not bark, are chilled and calm.

    I like my dogs where i am, so I have more contact with them and I literally spend more hours with them. There is a lot of litle training sessions going on the whole time, especially in Winter...Cannot imagine kicking mine out in Winter

    I think it is your own choice, but I cannot imagine leaving mine out. We also have a doggy door and in good weather it is open.....Mine choose to be near us, with the occasional little stroll outside.
    Pets are forever

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    I wouldn't have my puppy outside. Both of my dogs have been outside only dogs at one stage in their lives and they are definitely much happier (and safer) inside. They have also stopped barking at everything that moves since being inside. Harley refuses to use a kennel in winter so I don't want another one of him sleeping on a blanket on concrete.

    Is there any specific reason as to why you want to put her outside?

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    none of my dogs sleep outside, never have, never will. They sleep inside with me, particularly when they are young. If your dog is allowed indoors, leave her indoors. Put her in a soft crate if the laundry is cold, I dont see why the vet and petstore staff are dictating where YOUR dog sleeps.

    My new pup slept on the floor next to me, he's 4 months old. Way too cold for him alone outside even at his hulking size.

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    My guys sleep inside.

    I have had outside sleepers but only because the properties I was renting meant they had to live outside.

    However, I always keep small babies inside with me regardless of what my landlord says until they are big enough to go out with the big dogs.

    If you want your dog inside, then have him/her inside.

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    My dog always sleeps inside. I personally think it is a bit cruel to let a dog sleep outside on his own. The "wild dog" argument only applies when you have a pack of dogs so they can cuddle up together. That's my opinion anyway...

    I can see how the toileting issue would be annoying. I solved mine by leaving the back door open. Now it's getting colder I'll need to start closing it at night so I hope the dog will be able to wait till morning or at least wake me up to be let outside.

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    Yeah last night I could not sleep even though Chloé slept inside her kennel. I decided to take her in with me into my bedroom, but I left her in her soft carrier and put her next to my bed.
    I took her to potty inside my laundry toilet, but she didn't go at all :s. She didn't whine at all.. And she slept all the way through morning so I'm quite happy with her sleeping in my bedroom, but I'll train her first using soft carrier, is it okay? I'll slowly transition her to sleep on her pillow after she's properly potty trained. Can someone tell me how to train her to sleep in my bedroom on her pillow? I hope Chloé doesn't pee on the carpet .. But I know she's just a puppy.. Lol

    The reason why I'm training her to stay outside or sleep outside (If the weather is good) is because my house has an alarm.
    The second reason is my mom, she's a clean freak. I'm doing my best to keep the house as clean as possible even though Chloé managed to eliminate on my carpet several times lol.
    Third reason, my house floor is made out of wood, it's not plastered so if she urinates it will soak very quickly.

    I usually take Chloé inside with me everytime I'm at home and allow her to wonder around the house under my supervision. I guess if I've properly potty trained her, everything will be a lot easier haha well I'm still working on it..

    This is my first time having a dog so I really have to learn a lot from you guys.

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    Don't worry.. I won't let Chloé sleeping on a hard concrete floor outside. I provided her, her large and soft pillow inside her kennel with a warm blanket. I will buy her the heater pack I found at city farmer.
    I'm also training her to sleep outdoor so she will be prepared. (E.g. : I'm away for one or two nights, my mom will definitely put her to sleep outside. I know it sounds really cruel, but she's not really an animal person. So I'm doing my best to keep Chloé . I love her so much, I'll put her to sleep in her kennel outside if I have NO choice. Other than that, I would let her sleep in my bedroom.

    I know it's a bit out of topic, but does anyone know the best boarding kennel in perth with affordable price? I'm going away in june for 18 days. There will be no one at home so I really need to find someone or boarding places to take a really good care of my baby.

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    It's up to you really!! I would find it hard to let a tiny pooch sleep on their own outside at such a young age, she's just a bubba! But eventually if you want her outside, thats your choice..I had a dog who was an outside dog, but my current dog is a predominently inside dog. He's just a big sook though, but we have allowed that behaviour lol, Oskar is quite spoilt!

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