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ok, this is my last question...i think.

I know she probably should have been sleeping outside since I got her, buut it's winter here and she is a tad older now, so she has started sleeping outside. There should be no problem as she is now right next to my other 2 dogs who love her. She also has a nice comfy bed even with a hot water bottle in it. So why is she crying? She will do it for an hour or 2 then just go to sleep. So do I keep ignoring her? or do i go out when she is quiet and reward her for being that way? I'm not quite sure how to handle this one. My dad says that she will get over it and just go to sleep. But i cant help but worry about her. help please

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I'm never a fan of leaving a dog outside, he probably misses being with you. Is there a reason he has to be out there? If he must then yes you'll have to ignore him. When you put him in give him some toys to occupy him (maybe a big bone, bully stick or stuffed kong) to keep his mind off of you. How cold are your winters and what is your kennel set-up like? A hot water bottle gets cold eventually so an insulated dog house up off the ground would be better. We have a member with a great kennel set-up, she has a post about it somewhere that I will try to find for you. The simple explanation for her crying is that you are her family and she wants to be with you. Does she handle the cold OK?
 

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If she was an inside dog, and is now an outside dog, she is having anxilety like the previous poster said. Why was she put outside?
 

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You put an 8 week old puppy outside to sleep? Why get a puppy if you don't want it in the house..
 

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Puppies and adult dogs belong with their people. They're hardwired to be with their human family. Bring your dogs inside to be with you. Your puppy is very very young and crying because she's lonely and afraid of being without you. I recommend a crate on the floor next to your bed for night time. You'll end up with a much better bond and a better behaved dog if you develop a very close relationship with her. This is the essence of that.....being close to you as much as possible.
 

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I can't fathom getting a puppy and not have it in the house .
 

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Agree with everyone else............I got my dogs for companions, family members, and just all around LOVE.
They sleep outside when I do (camping) and that is the only time :)
 

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I live in australia, so winters aren't too cold. Even when she was inside she would still cry, also it isnt me that doesnt want her inside, it's my dad, his dogs sleep outside so why shouldnt mine, when our other dog was a pup, she stayed outside. She has 2 dogs as company, a kennel, a dog bed inside the kennel, and a blanket. Also has a rawhide bone to chew, and a couple of squeaky toys too. Not everyone has inside dogs. It's not too cold atm and she also wears a woollen jumper at night! She should be warm enough.

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They why buy another dog? Honestly.. You already have two outside, why do you need a third out there? Great doesn't get too cold. What about the heat?
 

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If I had an outside " pet " it would be a hen to lay eggs or a goat ( or sheep ) to clip my grass . To me domesticated animals deserve an indoor life and human contact .Exceptions : working dogs ... farm or sledding .
 

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Agreed with all the above posters. I don't see why you have a puppy that is outdoors, not with you. There's NO good reason to put her outside, especially not when you were doing just fine with her sleeping inside with you. She wants to be near you.. dogs want to be near their humans.. just because your dad's dogs have been forced to be unhappy outside doesn't mean your should.
 

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just because they are outside doesnt mean they are unhappy! Our dogs are perfectly healthy and happy! I bought my pup because, well why shouldn't I? She is my dog, and the others are my parents. Dogs do very well ouside! One of ours is 17yo and still sleeps outside! To me, dogs can be inside or outside dogs. Do not insult me by saying "why did you buy her if you were going to put her outside" The other dog of ours is 12yo and she stayed outside since she was a pup. Lots of people do it. She comes inside with me during the day, comes everywhere with me in the car. I see no reason why she shouldn't learn to stay outside of a night. I joined this forum to have my questions answered not to be questioned about why I bought my pup! I know she wants to be with me, BUT again there is no reason why she shouldn't sleep outside. She is undercover and has warm bedding and a kennel.
Also in summer it does get rather hot but the dogs have kiddie pools to cool off in, and shade.
 

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Here are some pics of our setup, the cardboard box btw is temporary until she has a proper kennel. Has bedding all through it.

This is the 17yo, Ben in his bed.


This is the 12yo, Pip, she has a wire run all the way up the paddock.


And this is my girl, Indie. She likes her box as you can see.


So if anyone has any INFORMATIVE replies as to how I can improve it, by all means post away. If you are just posting to insult me more then don't bother.
 

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Hello

I am not going to insult you. I try my best not to judge. It sounds like you spend a lot of time with your dogs. I guess what I don't understand is why are they allowed in the house during the day, but must sleep outside at night?
 

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All right, I'm not going to say a THING about them sleeping outside, that's beside the point.

Have you seen their water? OMG wow, that's sick! And where they sleep! it's SOOO dirty! And Pip sleeping with a huge chain like that on.

Wow :mad:
 

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I noticed that, too, Jen. It's dirty, including their drinking water, and the doghouse and cardboard box look like they offer very poor insulation. Not to mention the chain Pip is on. There's a thread OC made about proper containment of outdoor dogs, and she has a nice set up below.
I'm offering this though I am not an advocate of outdoor dogs.

http://www.chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33091
 
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Sandman if you are looking for anyone here to agree with them sleeping outside, or indulging your notions.........you are in the wrong place. Most of us here do not agree with it, nor would we encourage anyone else to do it.

That is meant in the most kind and sincere way I can say it.
 

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because thats how all our dogs have been brought up. She comes in more then the others, because im home more. I like to have her with me as much as i can. I would love to have her inside with me but to me dogs belong outside during the night. She is also not completely trustworthy with carpet yet. No dogs allowed upstairs or on the good carpet, which is fair enough since parents paid for it. Dad is more lenient with her then he is with his own dogs, because she's still a pup.

Any suggestions as to how i can make her sleeping area better, please don't hesitate.
 
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