Post # 1
Is there a certain temperature that it can’t be above or below?
Do you make sure they have certain things with them?
Have they even gotten away somehow?
I am having a baby and my dog is going a little crazy. Her new thing is she is starting to act like she’s scared to be home without me, it is not seperation anxiety and we do have another dog. We just took down the furniture in the guest room aka her room, and are setting up for the nursery. She doesn’t like change and is just scared because she doesn’t understand it.
So anyways when she has been going out in the yard it is hard to get her back in. She likes to hang out on the top of the hill under the trees and for me to get her when she doesn’t listen I have to climb to the top of the hill and pull her down by her collar. Well I’m 7 months pregnant and this isn’t the easiest thing. Darling Husband suggested just leaving her in the yard. It is fenced in (she has never gotten out in 2 yrs) and I also left her with a bowl of ice water. Is there anything I should be worried about or will she be okay? It’s only for a few hours.
Post # 3
That depends on where you live. I had a friend in high school who accidentally locked her dogs out of the house. There was a heat wave, and I guess they knocked over their water bowl. They both died.
If you decide to do this, don’t do it when it is really hot. And make sure the dog has shelter and A LOT of water.
Would a doggie door be feasible?
Post # 4
I’d suggest leaving her out there for that amount of time when you are home.. to make sure she doesn’t get over heated, bark, etc. Then see how she does and judge from there how she will do when you leave.
Post # 5
She’s making you fuss over her, which is to be expected. She senses changes and nothing scares a dog like change.
I’ve had dogs outside in even 100 degree weather – provided they have shade, tons of clean water, and a soft place to lie down (also keep furry dogs clipped all summer to make them as comfortable as possible.
I’vd had dogs outside when it got below freezing at night – provided they have shelter from wind and a place to nest into (you can also put a single incandescent lightbulb to light up a doghouse – it will warm it sufficiently for the dog), and clean (unfrozen) water.
But, the best situation I’ve found to help calm down a dog that’s acting out is a crate. It will give her a space that’s all hers, where she’s safe and feels like it’s her little den. Even an older dog can learn to be crated, and it’s a great way to give them consistency and comfort.
Post # 6
Our dogs on the farm like to be outside most of the time unless it’s super cold/snow on the ground.
Do you have a doggie door that she can get back in if she wants? If it’s just for a few hours, I would just make sure she has some fresh water, shade, and her favorite toys. If she’s not used to heat (assuming your house has a/c), then I probably would say not to leave her hot if it’s hot/humid with no breeze.
Would it be both dogs or just her staying outside?
Honestly though, I think she’ll be just fine. And if she hates it, she’ll learn to come the next time you are trying to put her back in!
Post # 7
@EleanorRigby- That is so sad! It’s 80 today and we have way too many trees in our yard so there is always a nice breeze.
@FutureMrsVW- She stays out all the time when I’m home. Like on a saturday if I’m home she will stay out there all day long. The problem is just now she’s refusing to come in.
Post # 8
If you wouldn’t want to set there wearing fur than probably not best for the dogs but if it’s pleasant under the trees, she has lots of water, and you keep her fur shot it’s probably good.
Post # 9
I think she would be fine in 80 degrees, provided there is lots of water and some shade/shelter. I would think twice about it if it were in the 90s. I think you are technically required to have shelter for the dog if you leave it outside during the day.
Another option if you are nervous about it is to hire someone to come over and check on her/take her for a walk. In our area, you can hire people to stop by and walk/feed your dogs from legit, bonded companies for $20 a day.
Post # 10
I dont know where you live, but here people steal dogs left unattended in yards too long.
Post # 11
@Professorgirl- I hear you about the care. But she was crate trained but has been out of the crate for over 4 years. I think she would see this as the ultimate punishment, especially when our younger dog will still be able to roam around the house.
@hisgoosiegirl- She loves to be outside in any weather. But we don’t have a doggie door and my other dog is more of an inside dog unless I am out there playing with her. She has ice water, plenty of shade, tons of toys. Darling Husband is going to check on her so it’ll be like 2 1/2 hours but I am getting so nervous. He thinks the same as you do and if she hates in then next time she’ll come in.
Post # 12
- Wedding: January 2012 - Vallecito Lake
We leave our dog outside nearly everyday…he has access to our garage with a bed in it and we do leave him water. He also wears a bark collar because we don’t want him barking while we are gone. It’s hot here, but he can get out of the heat by going to the garage…and I’d say if there is shade (depending where you live, here in CO it’s significantly cooler in the shade even if it’s HOT outside) for your your doggy to go to, she can cool down. He also has a few toys and I usually give him a bone…spoiled dog 😉
I agree too that you should do a test run with her while you are home…our dog has been spending days outside for years so he is completely accustomed to it 🙂 Maybe she will just be happier outside!
Post # 13
@roxy821: oh 2.5 hours, I think you are completely fine. I was thinking 4-6. She’s going to go out there and take a nap in the shade, lol.
Post # 14
If your other dog comes in when called, is she too far away to see you give a treat to the behaving dog? When we’ve fostered other dogs, we can’t give one a treat without treating the other. They’re like, “TREATS?! ME TOO, ME TOO!” Just a though…hope someone has better ideas.
Oh! Also, don’t go with ice water (or ice, or very cold water) on hot days. It can actually cause muscle spasms, bloat, and other health problems, and especially if you’re not there to supervise, things could get bad.
Post # 15
@MASPA- Wow, that’s terrible! Luckily we live ina great neighborhood and most people don’t even have a fence for thier dogs. We do because our pup was 5 months old when we moved into this house.
Post # 16
@MissApricot- I went out with a treat. She is just being stubborn, but she also isn’t acting like herself because of the pregnancy and changing the furniture. Really ice water?! On days when we have heat waves she eats blocks of ice.
@hisgoosiegirl- “She’s going to go out there and take a nap in the shade, lol.” Pretty much lol
Luckily for those who mentioned it, she’s not a barker.