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Bored 4 month-old puppy

We have a 4-month old GSD female pup. My wife and I both work during the day so the only option is to 1) give her access to the entire back area of our home so she can drink as much water as she wants (lickit-spickit) or, 2) crate her inside while we are away. She seems to be perpetually thirsty so we have been keeping her in our side yard, which is fenced in and shaded. The problem with that is she quickly drains her water supply and the outside temps are rising fast. She is destructive when left alone outside. She has already chewed through my satellite tv cables. I hate the thought of crating her inside for half a day, but at least she would be in the A/C and cannot destroy anything. On the other hand, we want to allow her freedom to potty and drink as much as she wants outside, but there's too much destruction she could wield.
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I would go with the outside but it needs to be puppy/dog proofed. Your pup is starting early. My Sting at 9 months chewed twice thru the phone line and once thru the cable line and sprinkler lines, then removed the water meter and left all the pieces on the ground, what I did was to get the lines covered in steel pipe including the electric meter. The water meter was moved to the front yard. After that was all done, he was content to play with his kong, balls, chew toys. In summer. I left a kiddy pool filled with water and one of his balls on top that floats, so he could play in it. If it was really hot, I put a small sprinkler one that doesn't have moving parts since he never cared about chewing thru a hose, on in the backyard so he could dash thru it. I did leave a big water bowl with ice cubes and positioned the sprinkler so it hit the water bowl also. I would often return home to a cooled off wet tired pup.

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She doesn't need the whole yard. If you have a concrete area, put a kennel up. When you are not there, in the kennel she goes. 10'x20' is a good size for a dog. You can put a 4-5 gallon stainless steel pail in there of water, and clip it to the fencing. You can put a sun screen over the top.

If she is destructive, avoid using the side of your house as one of your sides, because they can and do chew on siding.

Tractor Supply offers a professional kennel that costs $300 for six 5'wide, 6' high panels (1 is the gate panel). That produces a 5'x10' kennel. 2 of these will give you a 10'x20' which is plenty big enough. The hard part is flooring that neither becomes a mud pit or can be dug out of. If you have a concrete area -- ideal. If not, then you can use wood chips to keep the mud down, but it does nothing for digging. I heard that patio blocks might be the way to go. Try to get something that isn't going to be slick.

Put a dog house in there and maybe a cot. Personally, I want to put picnic tables in mine, but I am kind of broke, having spent everything I have on the dogs, LOL. Just make sure structures are not up against the fencing.

These are free standing kennels, but you can affix them to a buried pipe or fixed structure for safety if it seems necessary.

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