Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Is it ok to put puppy outside in garden shed?

I have just got an 9 week old jack russell terrier and at the moment he is sleeping in my kitchen in one of my presses with a quilt wrapped around him. I was thinking about putting him outside in my back garden in my garden shed in a kennel but I think it might be too cold right now? or would he be ok?

Is it ok to put puppy outside in garden shed?
9 weeks very very early days....it's a babkin...and needs to learn.....by being helped to understand what to do, not punished....at 9 weeks the pup will pee at least 10 to 14 times in 24 hours, it's bladder is that small....by the age of 6 months you should be down to 4 to 6 a day then it stays steady....

I wouldn't put the puppy in the shed, at all any age....isolating a dog from the pack is the worst psycological thing you can do to your dog. If you are having problems you can crate him at night, google crate training...or you can put him in the kitchen with a training pad near the back door, they have smells on them to make the pup go on the pad....make sure you feed early on in the evening...about 6 or 7 (overall the pup should be getting 3 small meals a day)......a big big play session before bed, then out for a final pee pee at about 11, wake him even if asleep and take out.....then put back into bed, try not to over stimulate when taking out for the final pee....make sure the bed it really really comfy, get a squishy dog toy teddy thing for comfort and only put it in the bed at night.....

If there is whinning in the night, ignore completely. You should be fine within ten days....

If your pup was from a large litter, it could be missing it's litter mates, or cold as it had them to snuggle up too.

Some people say putting a ticking clock near the bed helps them sleep...

JR's are terrific companions and very loyal, mine is always by my side, house, car, garden....everywhere...they are great fun too...and will be devoted to you....

Try to bond with the little fella......lots of cuddles...

Good luck....many wishes .....
Reply:omg at 9 weeks old? thats awful he'll freeze to bloody death! Why would you get a dog and then put him outside anyway? Whats the point in that? Unhappy face now
Reply:i believe its fair to treat your dog as well as you treat yourself.

ok ill ask you.. would you like to sleep in the shed?
Reply:He's far too young to be outside. I can't think why you would want to do this anyway with a small pet dog.

Would he even be safe outside at night?

I think its a bad idea.
Reply:if you are looking to start to create isolation, aggression problems then yes; this type of breed is hyper to begin with and now putting it in that environment is a mix for trouble; a dog is a responsibility, 24 x 7 for life ; that is what you have undertaken; the answer is NO
Reply:why on earth buy a puppy if you want to put him in the shed. Dogs dont belong in a shed, i think you should carefully think why you waned a dog and if you should keep him?

If you leave your dog in the shed it is wrong and you will be reported by your neighbours to the police!

The dog needs contact, care love and attention. NOT a wooden block to live in.

Did you do any research about jack russels or dogs in gerneral, i doult it, please find the poor little thing a new home.

Info from web site below, try reading about your breed of dog!

CHARACTERISTICS. The terrier must present a lively, active and alert appearance. It should impress with its fearless and happy disposition. It should be remembered that the Jack Russell is a working terrier and should retain these instincts. Nervousness, cowardice and over-aggression should be discouraged, and it should always appear confident.

GENERAL APPEARANCE. A sturdy, tough terrier, very much on its toes all the time, measuring between 10" and 15" at the withers. The body length must be in proportion to the height, and it should present a compact, balanced image, always being in solid, hard condition.

HEAD. Should be well balanced and in proportion to the body. The skull should be flat, of moderate width at the ears, narrowing to the eyes. There should be a defined stop but not over-pronounced. The length of muzzle from the nose to the stop should be slightly shorter than the distance from the stop to the occiput. The nose should be black. The jaw should be powerful and well boned with strongly muscled cheeks.

EYES. Should be almond shaped, dark in colour and full of life and intelligence.

EARS. Small “V” shaped drop ears carried forward close to the head and of moderate thickness.

MOUTH. Strong teeth with the top slightly overlapping the lower.

NECK. Clean and muscular, of good length, gradually widening at the shoulders.

FOREQUARTERS. The shoulders should be sloping and well laid back, fine at points and clearly cut at the withers. Forelegs should be strong and straight boned with joints in correct alignment. Elbows hanging perpendicular to the body and working free of the sides.

BODY. The chest should be shallow, narrow and the front legs set not too widely apart, giving an athletic, rather than heavily chested appearance. As a guide only, the chest should be small enough to be easily spanned behind the shoulders, by average hands, when the terrier is in a fit, working condition. The back should be strong, straight and, in comparison to the height of the terrier, give a balanced image. The loin should be slightly arched.

HINDQUARTERS. Should be strong and muscular, well put together with good angulations and hand of stifle, giving plenty of drive and propulsion. Looking from behind, the hocks must be straight.

FEET. Round, hard-padded, of cat-like appearance, neither turning in nor out.

TAIL. Should be set rather high, carried gaily and in proportion to body length, usually about four inches long, providing a good hand-hold.

COAT. Smooth, without being so sparse as not to provide a certain amount of protection from the elements and undergrowth. Rough or broken coated, without being woolly.

COLOUR. White should predominate with tan, black, or brown markings. Brindle markings are unacceptable.

GAIT. Movement should be free, lively, well co-ordinated with straight action in front and behind.


1) Dogs and bitches should be entire and capable of breeding. Dogs should be shown to have both testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

2) Old scars or injuries, the result of work or accident, should not be allowed to prejudice the terrier’s chance in the show ring unless they interfere with its movement or with its utility for work or stud.

3) For showing purposes, terriers are classified into two groups according to their height, which are 10” to 12½” and over 12½” to 15”.
Reply:Aww, don't do that, the poor little mite....my Staffy sleeps in the lounge in her dog basket....we've put up a child's stair gate to stop her from roaming the house while we are asleep, that way she doesn't mess the place up.
Reply:Being seperated from the pack (you) is punishment for dogs %26amp; it would be unfair to punish him/her for doing nothing wrong. all a dog of any breed wants %26amp; needs is to be part of a pack, if you are un-able to give him/her a perminant position in your pack (family) then you shouldnt have a dog.
Reply:It depends on the temperature of the shed and what is in the shed. Chemicals, yard equipment and all that kind of stuff would be dangerous. It also depends on how long the puppy would be in there. You need to socialize your puppy and if it is in there long hours it is not appropriate. My baby lab stays in the garage for short periods when I go grocery shopping, I walked around and baby proofed it so she would be safe. The temperature is aroung 65 degrees in there which is also safe, however in the summer I think the temperature will be too high for her to stay in there but by then she will be trained better with less infrequencies in her behavior. Review all the facts on this shed before you do this and make sure it would be safe and comfortable for her and I would not leave her there for more than 2 hours at a time.
Reply:No, why have a dog to just put it in your shed? You might as well not have bothered getting one. If the dog is used to being indoors he will find it distressing to be thrown into the shed.
Reply:for gods sake whats wrong with you people dogs are not people stop comparing them as long as its warm and dry wont hurt him to sleep in shed when hes older
Reply:its ok to put it outside in summer but in winter it will be to cold for it.
Reply:dogs are fairly hardy animals, but i am NOT a fan of putting them outside, to live. anything can happen to them or they can be stolen, eat something dangerous, etc..

plus yours is just a baby. you shouldn't even be thinking of putting him outside at such a young age.
Reply:you should have a dog, no dog belongs in a shed, even if it does we in the house, you must of known this when you got a puppy
Reply:I wouldn't put him anywhere that I wouldn't sleep myself.
Reply:At this age, he can only survive out in the cold shed if you give him a snug bed with a wrapped up hot water bottle under his blanket ( this will need changing at least 3 times through the night). young dogs cannot regulate their body temperature, especially a terrier, any aged terrier will struggle. What is the problem with keeping the pup indoors? Perhaps it would be easier and better to ask how to house train this pup? good luck.
Reply:Sicko. You should sleep in the shed and give the puppy your bed.
Reply:I personally wouldn't put a puppy out in a shed that is detached from the house at this young of an age. My new puppy was crying ALL night too... and I've only had her for three days. Last night was the first night she didn't cry the whole time. I figure she either got a little more comfortable being in this environment or maybe because I switched her kennel and the location she was sleeping in. I had her in one of those wire cages/kennels, and put a mat in there with a pillow and a few toys and would cover it at night with a blanket. She would sleep in the living room, but would cry SOOOO much I would wake up every hour. I tried that for a couple days. Then last night I switched her into one of those plastic kennel carriers (smaller, a lot less light going in, more cave like), and put her little bed in there. I brought her into the bedroom with me and covered most of it with a blanket again. Hardly any whining last night... and I woke up once on my own to take her out to go potty. Not saying that that's the way to do it, but just giving you an example of maybe how to reduce the crying. Puppies don't like to be away from you, that's why they cry all night. I wouldn't separate your puppy from you like that.
Reply:would you like to sleep in the shed?
Reply:if its cold I don't think you should put him out side
Reply:Do you mean when you cant keep an eye on him? or what?
Reply:I've read a few answers and some people seem to think you have a person not a dog! There is no reason why a dog shouldn't live outside just as most working dogs do, BUT if he's been inside in the warm for 9 weeks he shouldn't be put into a cold, damp or draughty environment, he'll also need a reasonable amount of room so he doesn't feel too enclosed.

I would suggest that if you really want him to sleep in the shed you wait until the weather is warmer %26amp; drier and acclimatize him slowly. Wherever he sleeps needs to be free from draughts and damp and he must have something reasonably soft and warm to sleep on.

As for needing all your love and attention (or whatever the answer said), yes, he will need that, but first he needs to know his place in the pack which will mean teaching him how to behave and where he belongs, it might seem harsh at the time but if you do it right you get a well behaved, well balanced, loveable dog who respects you, it's pack leader.

I have two dogs, one of which (a 6 year old Jack Russell/Staffie cross) I have only had for three weeks and he is in the learning stage (mainly staying in bed and being quiet at night!) but he is learing very quickly and is lovely to have around.
Reply:he is much much too young to be out in winter! my mum owns a dog boarding kennel and although each kennel has a radiator and they are inside she has any pups in the house where it is warmer.

why do you want to leave him in the garden?! in the summer it wont be so bad for him but you must make sure that there is somewhere warm for him to go that would also be out of the rain. im gathering that the shed already has garden equipment etc in it? in that case its not suitable at all for your dog as it could get hurt.

the dog will need an outside run and a kennel when its outside so just keeping it in a shed isnt going to benifit it at all.

it sounds like you dont want the dog in your house. if thats the feeling you should have thought about a breed that is more adaptable for outside living or not get one at all.
Reply:Hi there, there is a very simply answer to this question that i cant believe no one has said! You need to crate train him! Get a crate, it cant be too big, get it so he just has enough room to turn round in it. First try it in the kitchen or wherever hes sleeping at the moment. Ignore him for half an hour before you go to bed.

He shouldnt cry as hell be in a enclosed environment he feels safe in (dogs like small spaces). Also he wont pee/poo in the crate as dogs are clean animals and dont want to soil an environment they are stuck in. If the crying continues move the crate into your room. Also if you opt for a metal crate be sure to cover it with a blanket so hes not looking round panicing when you do have to go to bed, let me know what you think!

Reply:No, he would not, they are house pets, why would you want to put him outside in the first place.......he needs to stay in if cold or warm.......

if you did intend on loving and caring for this little properly why the heck did you even get him...

may as well give him up now to a good home..
Reply:If you want your dog to be crazy active and have no manners around people jumping and barking - by all means keep him in the shed.

If you want a social friendly dog that will still be enthusiasitic but have some manners around people in in the house - you need to keep your puppy in the house with the family.
Reply:I have a 9 week old Jack Russell Terrier puppy too. He cries all the time for attention. You'll screw that dog up really bad and make him neurotic if you don't give him the love and attention he needs now.
Reply:THINKING ??? about putting a puppy in the garden shed! ! Think again. Garden tools, spades, forks, mowers etc. are kept in the garden shed, pets are kept in the house? If you read all the other answers this should give you a clue? People like you should seek the advice of either a vet or RSPCA before buying an animal that you clearly no nothing about!
Reply:wait till he is a little older
Reply:no its against the law... Im reproting u to the RSPCA!!!
Reply:It is a little too cold right now and he has short hair so he would feel the cold more. Leave him in for a few more weeks

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