These tips will help you teach your dog proper "outdoor" behavior and give her what she needs to be safe and comfortable.
- If your dog lives outdoors even part of the time, make sure he has a sturdy, cozy dog house to protect him from the elements. It should be above ground level and have adequate ventilation without being drafty.
- Pay attention to the weather conditions. Heat, cold, and dampness are all factors to consider when determining whether your dog is safe and comfortable outdoors.
- Supply fresh water at all times, whether that means making sure the water bowl doesn't freeze in the winter or carrying water for your dog on a hike.
- Make sure your dog is wearing his ID tag and license whenever he leaves the house -- even in your yard.
- Don't let your dog chase cars, people, or other animals. If she does, give her a reprimand immediately and put her in the house or on the leash until she calms down.
- Don't allow him to soil, dig, or destroy plants on your neighbor's property. If your dog won't stay in your yard, build a better enclosure or keep him on a leash.
- Don't leave your dog tied up for extended periods of time (or at all, if he can't tolerate it).