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Old 12-26-2006, 02:32 PM   #1
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Hi just joined up for some guidance with my new dog.

Had dogs when I was a kid but they pretty much did what they wanted!

I have a 5 month old puppy Patterdale Terrier cross JackRussell Parson. He has been really good so far trained him to look at me, and sit and he is learning down etc

Just panicking as the holidays approach their end that he is not going to behappy left on his own whilst I am at work!

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Well hi and welcome!
How long have you had him?
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hi welcome. how long is he gonna be on his own?
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Wow quick replies! thanks

A potted history. He was sold with one of his siblings and returned to his breeder as the woman who had him couldn't cope with two dogs. He hadn't done anything wrong nad had some absic trianing done already. i am assuming that is correct as he has been no bother so far.

His breeder had him living outside with his mum, dad and sister nad they were in a kennel and run in a secluded area where there were other animals butnot people. Not sure how oftne he was out I know the guy took the other dogs out rabbitting etc

I have had him about 5 days now. He has had a couple of minor accidents in the house but is now peeing/pooping as soon as we take him out. He has learnt to sit and seems a very intelligent little pup.

His set up is that when we are at home he is indoors with us or out for walks. At night he sleeps outdoors and whilst we are at work he will be outdoors. He is in an outbuilding which at present has a solid door so effectivley he is locked in. Over the next couple of days we are planning on removing the bottom half of the door and putting wire in it so he can see out during the day. I also plan to leave him a radio on (once my electirc is sorted - poorly at moment!) he can also look out and see my chickens and horses - his building is about 15 foot by 6 foot. He also has a Kong toy and an indestructible ball etc


So far he has been fine about beng left at night - when we go down the garden he only starts to whimper when the door is being unlocked.

Once we are back at work he will be fed and let out at about 6.30am and then come into the house and be walked until I leave for work just before 8.00am. Sometiems I am home at about 3.30 othertimes it can get to 5 and on a Friday my husband is home at lunch.

I ama teacher so it is only for 6 weeks at a time that he will be home alone and then he will have our full attention in the holidays.

He will gets lots of long walks as I have horses so he comes out with us. In the dark he has stil been walked with a flashing collar thing etc and he gets lots of fuss whislt in with us.

He may well be fine.! I jsut wnat him to be OK and not to be bored, upset or driving the neighbours mad!

he hasn't been yappy so far only reall ybarks when he sees the cat and even that has lessened off.

Sorry for the longwindendess of this but I figured you could advise me better with full facts.

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Curious why he will be sleeping outside? And do you trust him not to try to get at your chickens?
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Chickens are in a foxproof run so they should be safe - certainly not trusting him off the lead with them! There were chickens were we bought him from.

His breed is a really hardy one - used where normal hunting dogs can't get in the mountainous and long grassed regions of the Lake District.

I did wonder about having him inside as then I guess in his eyes he is apart from us less in the day if that makes sense?

My bigges issue though is he sticks his head out the cat flap and I reckon he could get out if he really tried! I suppose I could shut him in the porch or shut the cat in at night - he is an old cat and sleeps on kid's top bunk most nights but does like his freedom.

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Hello and welcome. so you've got him as a working dog then is that why he is outside?
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Not really but if he keeps the rats and mice down that will be a bonus!

He's not exactly sleeping outdoors just not n the house. he is in an outbuilding so I guess the outdoor equivalent of dogs who sleep in utility rooms etc

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If it were me I would leave it to him if he wants to be in or out to sleep. Being hardy means that he can take harsh weather conditions. He might not even take notice of conditions that we humans would have a very difficult time with.
Dogs commonly live in packs and he may take your practice of having him sleep away from his surrogate "pack" (your family) as a sign that he does not really belong. I think it is common for hunting dogs to be kenneled outside-don't they usually have other dogs out there with him? If he is now alone it may be better in the long rum to have him indoors.
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Hi and welcome to the forum from me and my Gang. If he is used to being outside or in an outbuilding I don't think you will have a problem, he would perhaps be happier if he had another dog for company, but as I don't know your circumstances therefore don't know if this is possible.
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