As a dog owner I can’t imagine what it must be like to have to move my dog outside to live. She is my fur-baby, and we are together most of the time. In the last six years, we have only spent six nights apart, and most of those were due to her medical treatments. So, forcing her to live outside the majority of the time would be difficult for both of us. That said, there are people who have to make this difficult decision for reasons beyond their control. If this is something you are facing, there are some things you can do your indoor dog adjust to life outdoors.
Offer them something familiar
If your dog isn’t used to being without you its first nights outside will likely be stressful for everyone involved. Keeping things simple and familiar will help ease his/her stress. Try equipping the doghouse something that has your scent on it like a blanket, if he/she can smell you it ease the stress. Of course, there is a small chance this will do little to help your dog because each is different, but anything is worth a try.
Be mindful of the weather
Whether you’re moving your dog outside because the property owner is wants the dwelling be pet free or someone if the family may have developed dog allergies, you have to be careful where the weather is concerned. If your dog is use to being inside even normal temperatures can be too much for them. In the beginning you will have to act faster than others to protect your dog. My dog doesn’t live outside, but she does like to spend a lot of time in the yard, so I have to be careful with her too. I limit her time outdoors when the temperatures dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or go over 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If you aren’t sure when you want to bring your dog in, I suggest you speak with your veterinarian.
Spend as much time as possible with them
This one should go without saying. No matter if your dog is indoors or out you should go out of your way to spend time with them. Dogs aren’t toys, you can’t put them away until your bored. They are living things and you owe it to your dog to give him/her the love and attention he/she deserves. If you can’t bring your dog inside you must go outside to them several times a day. If that is impossible you could call around and hire someone to come spend time with your dog daily. For example, dog walks usually have fairly reasonable rates. If neither of these are an option, you should think about re-homing your dog to a family that has more time and love to give.
I have to admit I’m not of fan of having a dog that only lives outdoors; however, I understand life isn’t perfect and things do come up that are out of our control. If something like this happens to you, it is your job to make it as easy as possible for your dog because after all, outside is better than being put down in a shelter. These three tips should help your indoor dog adjust to life outdoors.
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