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Old 10-21-2005, 06:27 PM
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I just rescued a one year old German Shepherd / Husky mix. She is beautiful and loving. However, I own two other dogs...a Weimaraner and a rat terrier. They are inside dogs. I want this rescued dog to be an outside dog...yes I do have a dog house, a kennel for shelter, and I go outside and visit her each day. I also bring my two inside dogs outside to meet her.

I was wondering if the dog will become agressive towards my other dogs or even worse me because she is jealous? I asked the vet if she would be a good outside dog and the vet said yes. However, I am worried because my friend said she will act out. Any advice? I would love to hear from anyone.

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Old 10-22-2005, 11:00 AM
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Her coat makes her OK outside when it's cold. (to a point) Heat could be a real problem. However, I don't agree with keeping a dog outside away from the family, visits or not. Dogs are derived from pack animals and need to be included in the family group. Their emotional needs are not met by being left alone outside and their behavior can suffer because of it. Short periods away from the family are fine, but living outside....no, I do not agree with doing that to a domestic dog.
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Old 10-22-2005, 03:06 PM
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I honestly wouldn't keep a dog outside alone, ever. Like Doberluv said, short periods outside would be fine, I've left my dog outdoors for a couple of hours at a time, but they always get to come back inside when they get lonely.

The only way I would ever keep an outdoor dog would be to have at least one other dog there for constant companionship. Dogs like constant contact with their pack, visits, even frequent ones, don't cut it.
In certain cases I can understand keeping a dog outside, I had primarily outdoor dogs(they did come inside their own room to sleep during the winter, and were always inside if the weather was too extreme for them.) and they never had a problem, because they were with one another all the time. They also had 40 acres of land to roam on and guard, there was always something for them to do. There -isn't- always something for them to do in a fenced yard, they can only have so much fun until they get bored and frustrated.

If I had an outdoor dog ever again, I would have at least two dogs outdoors. It's not fair to lock them out all alone.
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Old 10-23-2005, 11:56 AM
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http://www.chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13544

This article talks about this very thing. I don't even agree with leaving a dog outside alone, even if he does have adequate shelter and his physical needs are met. A domestic dog is meant to work and commune with his people. Without that close bond and relationship, a dog doesn't live to his full potential and some behavior issues come up. I strongly recommend aclimating your dog to live indoors with you and the family, spending adequate time outside as well with things to do. Dogs do need fresh air and exercise but are soooooo social that they need to be with their family. Good luck.
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Old 10-23-2005, 12:08 PM
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i agree however if you let your dog out to potty and you have a fenced yard and you are going to stilll keep an eye on him say while doing house work then so be it. go for it. i think as long as you keep an eye on your dog it is okay my dobes are outside alone right now... they will be out about another thirty minutes before they are allowed back and they love it. they get to play and beat each other up which willnever happen when mom is out there.
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Old 10-24-2005, 05:03 AM
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Personally I think it's cruel to keep one dog outside and have the others as house dogs. It may be more humane to let someone else adopt this dog that can give it a loving stable home where the dog is allowed inside. I know many people with Alaskan Malamutes, Siberians etc that live inside the house and are happy as pigs in poop
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Old 10-24-2005, 05:15 AM
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My question is why would you get a dog to keep strictly outside? I honestly don't see the purpose...
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Old 10-24-2005, 06:37 AM
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Maybe it is the way she wants to do things, and would probably appreciate an answer relating to her question rather than a barrage of negativity!!!
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Old 10-24-2005, 06:42 AM
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Why do you want the dog if it is to be outside? I wouldn't be surprised if it gets aggressive over time, may take years of living at the end of its chain ( or in it's cage, same damage to its mind) for it to happen, but ESPECIALLY with the breeds that are in it. Those are both very active breeds that want jobs and to be with their humans.

If you are concerned that it may not make the adjustment to living inside, when I rescued my Aussie, he was a year old, and clearly not used to being inside, but he housetrained quickly, and now when it is cold or nasty out he can't run out quick enough to go to the bathroom and RACE back in.

Honestly, you may hate to hear it, but it is my honest opinion, I you intend to keep this dog outside and you are set in that decision, I hope you consider rehomeing it instead.
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Old 10-24-2005, 06:45 AM
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Maybe it is the way she wants to do things, and would probably appreciate an answer relating to her question rather than a barrage of negativity!!!
Nobody is trying to be nasty at all. We are just concerned for the dog and the quality of life it is looking at.
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