(Closed) Adjusting Dogs to New Homes…… & Dealing with Neighbor Dogs

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

What size/type of dog?

Post # 5
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t have similar circumstances per se, but we just moved and our dog did fine.  Animals adjust.  You still have outdoor space.  As for the barky neighbors… I’m not sure how that would effect your dog.  Sounds like they are barking out of boredom.  You might want to speak to your neighbors and then think about filing a noise complaint if it continues. 

Post # 6
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I guess I’m not 100% sure what you’re asking…. I mean i guess 1/4 acre is enough for her to run and get exercise if she wants to… but a better way to exercise her is to play with her and take her for walks. May I ask why she is outside so much? Dogs are pack animals, they’re really not meant to be alone so much. And the weather is wacky here in Ohio. I would seriously consider adjusting her lifestyle now that you’re on your own. Let her live inside and just enjoy the outdoors as a treat. My guess is she’ll be a much happier pup!

Post # 8
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I would make sure that she has some familiar things to help her settle in like her same bed, something that smells like you, that sort of thing.  Another option is, if she’s crate trained, to keep her inside until she realizes this is her new home.  Then once she’s comfortable, let her stay outside.  That’s what I always did with my dog (who had some separation anxiety) and it worked well.  

Also, one thing to remember with that fencing system now that you’re in closer quarters is that while it might keep your dog in just fine it won’t keep other dogs out which could really stress your pup.

Post # 10
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My dog just moved with us from 8 acres to about 1/2 acre (fenced).  He stays outside and in the garage during the day and then comes inside with us at night.  He’s used to it and loves laying in the sun all day and we don’t have to worry about rushing home to let him out.   He’s very good at keeping the squirels out of my garden. 

I think make sure she has somewhere to lay down during the day in the garage and has plenty of water.  Try to keep her there on a weekend when you are outside doing yard work or something.  This really helped my dog.  We were outside with him for almost 2 full days before leaving him home alone in the yard while we were at work. 

Post # 11
3124 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

nobody has addressed the neighbor whose 3 large dogs bark all day every day – is that allowed? I would go INSANE!

Post # 12
2820 posts
Sugar bee

Our dog loves being outside too.  We have a little dog house for him with a blanket so he has shelter, though we don’t leave him out if we know it’s going to rain, he doesn’t love rain.  Dogs are fairly adjustable.  If you can I’d try to run or walk her in the morning so she’s ready for a nap when you leave and isn’t too stressed about it. 

I’m not sure what to do about the neighbors dogs if you’ve already complained.  But I’d just maybe have dinner or something the first few nights outside in your yard with her so she associates it with safety even when the annoying dogs bark a lot. 

Post # 14
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I agree with Corgitales; dogs are pack animals and need to be part of the family.  Very few breeds were meant to live outside with little or no human contact.  There is a reason most shelters/rescues won’t adopt to people who intend to leave their dog outside all or most of the time. 

Why do the neighbors dogs bark all day long?  Because they are stuck in a backyard all day with nothing to do.  So they bark to entertain themselves and relieve their stress and boredom.  Dogs don’t just need physical exercise, they need mental stimulation, too. 

It is believed our current foster was an outside dog before she came in to rescue.  The first day or two we had her, she seemed like she wanted to be outside rather than inside, because she thought that’s where she was supposed to be.  Now she loves going outside for potty and play, etc. but is actually usually the first to go stand by the gate to go inside.

I’ve had outside dogs all my life.  My parents had what I call the “farm mentality” that dogs are meant to be outside; they were both raised in farming communities, and dogs were outside animals.  The exception was my dad’s family’s pomeranian.  So naturally, when they married and got a dog, she was an outside dog.  I grew up thinking that’s how things were supposed to be, too, (then I educated myself about dogs and learned differently).  After she died we got two other dogs who were both outside dogs until one died and we brought our then-12 year old dog inside.  My current dog is an inside dog.  He is laying next to me as I type and prefers to be where I am.  I cannot imagine expecting him to be an outside dog, even though he weighs close to 90 pounds.  He doesn’t get up on the couch, doesn’t bark, doesn’t have accidents, and doesn’t chew innappropriate things.  Yes, he is crate trained, but we do not leave him in there all day.  He has the upstairs level of the house to roam while we’re gone, (we would trust him completely with full run of the house, but since we’re living with my parents and my mom does in-home daycare, he needs to stay upstairs while we’re gone).  Would I ever have an outside dog again?  Perhaps, IF and ONLY IF I get my hobby farm and my LGD (Livestock Guardian Dog).

If you want to continue to have an outside dog, that’s your choice of course.  There’s not really anything WRONG with having an outside dog, other than the fact that it really isn’t in the best interest of the dog.  Transitioning to a new home, even with a smaller yard, shouldn’t be too difficult for her to adjust to, especially if you try to keep her routine the same as much as possible.  Like others have suggested, bringing her familiar toys, bowls, dog bed, etc. should also make the transistion easier.  Outside dogs usually get very little excersise; it’s a lot less than people think they would get with even a large yard to run in, (again, back to why neighbor’s dogs bark all day).  Having a smaller yard before will mean you’ll need to engage her in more physical activity than before…more walks, or longer walks, etc.  Is there a dog park nearby that you can take her to so she can play with other dogs?  Or, since you said she tends to be hyper, an agility class would be great!  It is both physically and mentally stimulating, not to mention rewarding for both her AND you!  Not to mention it’s a great bonding activity. 

Also, if you do choose to leave her outside, it is very likely that, as you mentioned yourself, she will soon start barking all day herself.  Ask yourself if that is acceptable to you.  It may be, and that’s fine so long as your other neighbors aren’t bothered by it.  In my own neighborhood, the rotti a few house down barks much of the day and half the night, and if I can hear it sitting on my couch watching tv with the windows closed, I don’t know how her owners can sleep at night with all her racket.  I know they’ve had the police called a few times because of the barking, and still nothing changes.

Keep in mind, too, that if you’re moving, it would be the perfect time to transition your dog to an inside dog!  You dog is only four…if we could do it with our twelve year old senior citizen, you can do it, too.  It really isn’t hard.

Post # 15
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Miss Apricot – You definitely have some good points.  I think farm dogs are the exception to the rule.  Afterall, farmers spend very little time inside!  🙂  Also, farm dogs tend to have, or feel that they have, responsibilities outside, much like LGDs.  We would sneak our border collie inside when we were kids but she was never in for more than 10 minutes before she wanted to go back outside and check on everything! 

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