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You may have wondered whether it is safe to leave your dog outside the home for an extended period of time. Granted, your dog loves nothing more than prancing outside, running, jumping, and barking at random people and animals. The question is whether it is safe for the animal to remain outside for a better part of the day or even a couple of days. The dog may face many dangers like hostile weather conditions, poisonous plants, or even be attacked by other animals. It could also feel lonely after a few hours.
Safety is paramount
As an owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that
your canine is safe from atmospheric elements like rain, sunshine, wind, and
snow. Different kinds of weather mean various precautions to keep the dog safe.
The dog must have the ability to enter your home or any shelter to take refuge
from weather extremes. To give an example, if your dog loves nothing more than
to laze in the sun, then the shelter must have cold water and shade. Conversely,
if your dog loves to jump in the snow, then you should keep warm water in the
house. If you do not maintain such precautions, then there is an even chance of
the dog freezing or overheating to death.
If you have an outdoorsy dog, buy a kennel. The small
structure will give it some respite from hostile atmospheric conditions. Choose
one which is waterproof and insulated. It must all completely block the rays of
the sun. There is no need for the kennel to be a big one, it should be of
sufficient size so that the dog feels comfortable inside. Put in warm blankets
during winters and cold towels during summers. You should never leave the dog
unattended for extended time periods-especially overnight. Any complication
which may happen to the dog could turn worse if you do not know it has
happened. Check your dog at regular intervals to see whether it is okay.
Since the canine will spend
many hours outside, get a fence which will confine the animal. The fence must
be such that it cannot escape. The structure will also protect yours from
predators like wild animals. Barriers like fences will be beneficial to keep
the canine out of many places like backyard ponds and gardens. Ensure that the
dog cannot access the garage area as it contains a number of toxic chemicals
like gasoline and antifreeze. The presence of sharp tools could also kill or
seriously injure the dog. The canine requires unfettered access to water and
food. It must be able to relieve itself whenever it wants to do so. You can
install doggie doors if it is a trained animal.