It's finally spring, and it's been absolutely beautiful outside. My dog has been cooped up in the house almost all winter, because he *hates* rain and snow. I had to force him to go outside to go potty, and walks were more like me walking dragging him along, lol. But now that it's beautiful, all he wants to do is go outside. I can't really blame him. So my question is, is there anything wrong with leaving him outside all day? I work third shift, so I'll be home, and I can check on him frequently. He has water, and access to the garage if he needs it. And if he shows any side of wanting to come inside (whining at the door, etc.) then of course I'll let him in. But I guess part of me feels like I'm being a bad owner if I just toss my dog outside, lol. I think part of the issue is that he's a small dog, a dachshund/miniature pincher mix. I don't think I'd have as much of a problem if he was a big dog, lol. So, any thoughts?