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Max is a one year old healthy happy shepherd and with the warm weather coming up i was wondering if he should the majority of his time outside or inside? we have a medium sized fenced in yard. so i was wondering if i should have him out there during the day or at night or what? Thanks :cool:.
 

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My dogs are in the house when I am home, outside when I am outside and inside when no-one is home. I don't want anything happening to them outside when not supervised. Of course they want to be with me, or the family always, so I think they would not be comfortable if I left them out to their own devices when nobody was around. I only crate the youngest, the other two are free to roam the house when we are gone as they have proven they aren't destructive.
There have been recent reports of thefts, I know my two females would not take kindly to strangers coming near, but my male is a happy boy, an offered steak and he would probably be compliant to a stranger.
 

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I leave them out if I'm home, but when I leave they come inside. We have a few criminals and former criminals in the neighborhood, and at least one of them thought I was using them to check out his truck for drugs when I walk them. I don't need him trying anything stupid. My dogs aren't even dope dogs, but in the words of the Old Foghorn Leghorn cartoon character, "That boy is so dumb he probably thinks a pig pen is something to write with." :D

Plus, they all howl at fire engine sirens (not ambulance or police car sirens), and we live 1 mile away from the main fire station in town. The neighbors can't hear them through the walls.
 

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i'm against leaving dogs outside
unattended.

if you do leave your dog outside
make sure he can't dig out from
under the fence or jump, climb
over the fence.

is he safe from being stolen???
 

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I let the Hooligans out a few times a day. A lot depends on the temperature. They usually go out about 7AM and if it's hot I make sure they come in by 10 or 11AM. Sometimes I join them, sit under the tree out front and read. I put them out about 3 for a quick potty. Then I let them back out for a while about 5 PM unless it's hot, then they go out about 7 or 8PM. At night I put them out about 11 or 12AM and let them stay out an hour or two as long as they don't bark - if they start to bark they have to come in.
 

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I will not leave my dogs outside when I am not at home unless they are in the padlocked kennel on my back porch, which is IN my locked, privacy fenced yard. And even then I'm not totally cool about it. Perhaps I am a little paranoid, but I've known people who have had their dogs stolen or poisoned, and there's really no good reason to NOT take precautions.

Tag spends part of his day when I am at work in a 5x10' kennel that is rubber matted and on concrete. He can't dig out, he can't jump over. The kennel is mostly under roof on my back porch completely non visible unless you are in my back yard (and to be in my back yard you'd have to jump the 6ft privacy fence), with a fan on for the heat.

We did this because he is a puppy, and I have to work 8hr days for a few more weeks until I am out for the summer. I wanted him to be able to move around and being in that big space helps not to interefere with his potty training. He's still accident free in the house! However, my 4 other older dogs spend their day in the house in the AC. This is preferable to me. In addition to the secure feeling of knowing they are home safe in their crates, to me they also stay cleaner and better smelling than dogs that stay outside. While I am home over the summer you can bet that Tag will spend most of his time inside with the rest of the family.
 

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When I am home during the day, I let Kai decide where she wants to spend her time. I will let her out in the morning to do her business, and if she wants to come in, she will come to the door. Usually though, she goes and hangs out under the tree. I think, now that the weather is nice, she would rather be outside. Sometimes I catch her chasing flies, bees (eek!!), ladybugs and other flying critters around. I think she is way more entertained outside. But, when she wants to come in, I let her in.
At night, or when I am away, she is in the house. I have an acre fenced in yard, away from the street, and she doesn't dig, but I would feel a little nervous leaving her outside. And, I feel like a bad mom leaving my "kid" outside after dark.
 

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It depends on the dog. Hondo enjoys being out doors with our Golden. So normally when I am not home, Hondo is outside. We have a very large back yard, with two secured gates and I use hot wire on the top of the fence. When I'm home, Hondo wants to be inside, so he is in with us. He sleeps in a kennel next to our bed. When he was a puppy - he stayed in doors in his crate when I was gone. If we are going to have adverse weather conditions, he is crated in the house when I'm gone.

Our Golden can not tolerate being in doors, so he remains outside 24/7. My dach stays kenneled when I'm not home, and goes out for supervised potty breaks when I am home. Hondo thinks we brought her home as his personal squeaky toy, so they can't be left alone together.
 

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Weather permitting my dogs are in the yard during the day. Bugs are too bad at night, they come in when I come home. My neighborhood is safe and I have a 6' chain link fence. The puppy is in the house till she's older.
 

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Lizzie is in the house if we are home, or in the outdoor kennel which is in the shade and padlocked. We have lots and lots of stolen dogs in this area. I don't think anyone would get close to her but you never know. If they threw food in the pen she would eat it and poisonings are also a problem. If we are gone she is crated and one of us makes sure she is never there for long. Sometimes I have to use the outdoor kennel just so I can get the floors clean from all of the German Shedder hair! She does not like it. We don't have a fenced yard, just very private surrounded by dense hedges and planting. She knows the limits of the year and has great recall. Just use good judgement and base it on your dog's needs and personality. GSD's are "elmer" dogs, stuck like glue and don't want to be separated.
 

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My dogs go out off and on during the day, but they never go out unless someone is home to supervise them.

I don't worry so much about someone stealing one, but I do worry about them getting out and running the neighborhood, or barking and bothering people that way. I feel that we are responsible for monitoring the behavior, and stepping in and stopping a behavior before it becomes a nuisance to anyone else. Can't do that if nobody is home to supervise, so the dogs are inside when we aren't home. I still have to crate one of my three, but the other two have access to most of the house.

At night the dogs are inside, too. I can't imagine any of my dogs putting up with being left out in the yard during the night!
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Wolfie mostly does what I do. If I am inside, he is in and if I go outside so does Wolfie. I do put him outside in the yard for an hour a day, usually at supper time. I watch him from inside the house. After we eat, I bring him in again.
 

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For the most part, we let ours decide. I am home during the day now, SO works nights. So we are lucky in that there is pretty much always someone home unless we go out together.

Kodi is still on hip rehab, so he's stuck inside 24/7 unless on a leashed potty break (poor guy). Usually he chooses to be outside, however.

Micah prefers to be outside when allowed. The girls can't be together, so they split their time between the house and the yard. They are happy to be in or out if the weather is nice. If it's crappy, they are both in but seperated.
 

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My dog is where I am. Of course it's probably because I don't have a fence.:laugh:

But I have family members and friends who do have fences and I visit them with my dogs. I recently went to my sister's house and brought my two dogs to play with her two dogs. Everyone and the dogs were outside together. I went inside to use the bathroom. Anyone want to guess where my Shepherd was?

At the door whining to get to me. He didn't care about the other dogs/people. He wanted me. I don't think he'd do well outside by himself...or without me. Heh. He doesn't seem to enjoy it. And, truth be told, I love it!:wub:

He's the best dog I've ever had that is fan-freaking-tastic off leash. I can take this dog anywhere. I did such a good job with him...lol. My other non-GS is another story.:eek: The other one doesn't give a rat's patootie what I want. He's great with other people/dogs but couldn't care less about pleasing me. It's probably the chow in him.
 

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Nero is always in the house. He goes out when he has to do his business. Sometimes he does hang out under the tree for shade or near the porch. Usually I go out with him when the sun goes down and play ball with him.
He really does not like the sun at all. Even as a puppy he was like, no way that sun is to much. You have to train me in the shade. If I took him out front in the yard he would run to the door and stand behind one of the columns.
 
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