(Closed) For those who keep their animals outside during the day

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

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 # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I dont know where you live, but here people steal dogs left unattended in yards too long.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • 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!

Good luck!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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.

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