How Often, Realistically, Does a Dog Need to be “Let Out”?

January 23, 2008 at 12:13 pm 4 comments

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Yeah, I’m wondering. 

Help a girl out. 

Every HOUR?  Do we have a problem here? How would I know if we did? 

She “lives” on the porch and I need to “let her out”off the porch, even though, technically, she is outside already.

You have to agree, it’s just hard to worry about her AND do important things, like make Derby cookies (for my husband’s office, thank you very much), review my memory cards (since I’m about four weeks behind now), read blogs (my duty), and do my own modified version of Pilates (stretches when I’m in the mood or my legs go numb from sitting at my desk).

Clearly, I need to know!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lc  |  January 23, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    how old is your doggie???

  • 2. Johnnie Ruth Hamill  |  January 23, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    I never thought of how long between “go outside?”…I used to let them out when they started staring at me or walk back and forth. Now I have a TOTALLY outside dog….wouldn’t trade it for the world!

    Feeling you sister…feeling you.

  • 3. Merrie  |  January 23, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Our little Yorkie has a bell hanging by the door and he rings it when he wants to go out. If I’m not in the room, he comes and stands in front of me and scratches his back paws on the carpet to let me know he wants my attention.
    It is more often if it is pretty and there are other dogs, squirrels, birds, etc running around.
    But to go OUT… they usually “need” to go out about 30 minutes after they eat/drink. Another consideration is… do you leave the food and water down and available all the time? that makes them need to go out more… and you don’t know when.
    The CAN hold it all day if need be…. but… will they??? that’s the question

  • 4. efren  |  April 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    if you have a fence in yard leave him there for as long as he can I have 2 lab mix and they are out doors dogs they dont even like to be indoors they like to be outside in a more primal environment the way mother nature intended to.

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