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    Hello, I have a 2 year old intact smooth Dachshund. He bit our cat all of the sudden and has been obsessed with trying to chase the cat and our other cats. He must be on a leash at all times in the house, and now we're starting getting him trained. Unlike most Doxies, he is actually extremely well behaved (he does lift his leg on stuff though) and he is very obedient, loyal, and eager to please. However, he won't give up on trying to get the cats. If we didn't keep him, he would live at his breeder's house where he'd live in a crate most of the time and in an outdoor fence half the time, and I was thinking, could my dog live outdoors in a chain link kennel run? He would have a kennel cover on it, and he would also have water all of the time, food twice a day, a dog house, and like he does now, he'd get many long walks throughout the day, lots of human interaction, lots of training, etc. He would also have lots of room of course! He is also a show dog so he does need training to keep up with that, and he goes out with me to dog shows every month or two. For the first 1 year and 9 months of his life the dog stayed outside, and I was wondering if I could try to do this at my own home. I live near Atlanta (I live in Georgia) so in the summer and spring it gets warm and hot and in the fall and winter it gets cool and cold out, which got me wondering about kennel heaters. So, does anyone have any answers or tips?

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    Please reply if you can!

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    Seems that you've only had him less than 3 months? Management (using gates, doors, crates, leashes and such) to keep him from being loose around the cats and training (a very strong "Leave it" mainly) would be preferable rather than keeping him outside.

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    Because of the breed your not surprised that the cat is very hard for your pup to learn. you could set up a dog area in the house and put up baby gates for the cat to have safe places while your doing your on leash training. Have puppy time where the cat is put up and cat time where the pup is put up while your doing training.. My cane corso needed extra time to bet use to the cat for having such a high prey drive so I had to keep them separate and on a schedule longer then the other dogs. Any dog with attention and daily routine can live outside in a kennel an be ok. My childhood dog was strictly outside his entire life,, and I was always outside with him as a kid we did everything together to the extent I would be called inside to eat, woof my food down to dart back outside to be with him.. My parents make me stay at the table and act civilized.

    If it helps for right now to be outside I would use it.. but still bring them back in for house training during the day in hopes as your pup matures he will get use to the rules about the cat ... And that you think no one will steal him being outside..

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    Thanks for the responses! I have some questions if I were to do this...what would be a good shelter/doghouse for his kennel? How large should the kennel be? What would be a good bedding for the ground? (Mulch? Pebbles?) Like I said, he'll still get about an hour of exercise each day, a half hour of training, and I'd be outdoors with him as often as possible.

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    I've lived in Southern GA but my dog lived inside the house. so you have to worry about Heat Stroke in muggy humid heat, most of the dogs are in the house or under the house in the cool dirt. You will need a high shady area a treed area would be perfect hopefully it's not one of those pollen trees with all the yellow powder that might not be healthy, and even think of setting up a misting system if it will work in a humid heat like it does in a dry heat . I'm in Colorado now so it's really dry and the misting system worked wonders plus you can get out door fabric from a place like Home depot that will also break up the sun and will help for shade but still let the breeze pass through.. Because it can get so hot I wouldn't be a fan of gravel or rocks that would heat up to extreme temperatures, and not a fan of mulch can be a choking hazard. and some types of mulch are poison. hopefully you have a grass base and the pup is out enough that he doesn't run it down to bare ground. And be prepare that your pup may dig and dig themselves out. Good heart worm prevention and repellant due to the amount of stinging insects, fleas and ticks in the area and I hope you don't have fire ants. A insulated dog house like igloo makes are nice a good one with some thickness.. will help keep them cool in the heat, but all dogs will suffer in extreme heat to need to watch them to bring them in on those days and times. There are many selections for pre built kennel fencing panels, that come with sides and a door that click together like a full kit. And do you have owls you may need to put a top on your kennel .. The place I was living with Smokey in GA,, we were out at night in the yard area, and Smokey was playing with a armadillo when this huge horned owl flew out of the tree on top of the little armadillo.

    personally don't feel a Dachshund should be outside in the winter they just not designed for it or bad storms yall can get some really nasty lightening storms and flooding. I think a kennel outside will give everyone a hands free rest during the day but I would also work on setting a place in your house so you can do training living in the same house with a cat. .

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    I saw these kennel setups online...would you say they'd work well for my pup?




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    I like the third one as it could be heated in winter and a small air conditioner or fan in the summer. As long as the dog is not just locked up and ignored, and he was used to being kenneled, I am sure he would be alright.

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    Thanks for the response, Kyliobernese! Yep, he would get constant attention outside, he'd still be spoiled rotten, he'd get an hour of exercise a day, his normal amount of training per day, and he'd still accompany us when running to Petsmart, heading to the dog park, etc. He gets all of this attention now.

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    yes those are really nice kennel set ups

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Anyone else have any opinions/recommendations/tips?

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    Just my opinion, but dachshunds as a breed are very social hounds. If housed in outdoor runs they tend to do best when kept in small groups. A singular dog left alone for significant periods of time may or may not develop behavioural issues such as incessant barking and or howling. Which could become a nuisance if, for example, you have neighbours close by. Dachshunds do have a very loud, piercing bark, surprisingly so for their rather diminutive size. As well, they're extremely determined little dogs who don't give up too easily.

    That's something you may want to give consideration to.


    Also, being prolific excavators, make absolutely certain that they can't dig underneath the enclosure and escape. Provisions must be made for that.

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    An hour-long walk and a half hour of training is not much. Even with some trips to the dog park or store, it sounds like the dog would be alone in a kennel for much of the day. Dogs of social breeds like this should not be left alone in a kennel. Why can't you use gates and doors inside the house to manage the dog/cat situation?

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crantastic View Post
    An hour-long walk and a half hour of training is not much. Even with some trips to the dog park or store, it sounds like the dog would be alone in a kennel for much of the day. Dogs of social breeds like this should not be left alone in a kennel. Why can't you use gates and doors inside the house to manage the dog/cat situation?
    I agree. I'm fine with outdoor dogs for breeds meant for that, with proper housing. Other than that, no.
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    The training and walk is not in one time, he gets small amounts of exercise and training each day. He also gets about an hour of fetch and other playtime, and even as an inside dog, we try to spend 3-4 hours outside each day anyway when not walking. Trust me, we'll make sure he's happy.

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    Well, sounds like you've made up your mind, then. Good luck to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Whiskers View Post
    Personally, I'd go for ^^ THAT ^^ one. With some minor modifications, it seems like it would be adequate.

    Oh. And I'd use it for housing the cats, so the dog could live inside my home. But that's just me.

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    yup !!! ^^^^^ with petpeeve.... have a plan to do puppy training so you have skills and communications to work with that you can apply to cat/house training. I would rather a pup be put in a safe environment where they can't make mistakes, and they are not living in an environment that the owners are constantly being negative towards the pup. But don't stop working for the future when training , positive experiences and exposure, and maturity all kick in together..

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    If possible, I want him to live in harmony with the cats, but if not I know he'd be happy as a kennel dog. I mean, if he weren't here, he would be at his breeder where he stays outside for half the day and in a crate the other half. Also, he gets no exercise or training there. My parents wouldn't get rid of the cats or have them in a kennel because they don't really care about dogs but they are obsessed with the cats. I'm the dog person, lol and because they were raised that way, my family's unofficial ethic with dogs seems to be "if it doesn't work out, they're gone". Several dogs of ours have been rehomed over the years, but I know with the dachshund we can make it work somehow.

    Does anyone know any stores or websites where kennels like the ones above can be purchased, or would hiring a builder for a custom kennel be a better idea?

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    totally understand your current position.... I have a custom cat house it was expensive but so worth the investment long term, training was always productive and on point for productive learning, didn't have to rush the dogs into failure or have set backs, we could take our time balancing training, time and maturity as everyone was ready to advance in skills, with the new pups and I didn't have to sleep with one eye open lol.. I could go and do other things during the day and be totally focused during training times. 100% positive for everyone to feel safe in their home. Hands free / rest time is a good thing..

    Home depot type places carry their own versions, Big R feed stores also carry the panels.. for your breed I do recommend having a flooring put in since they are diggers and that can be done with paving / patio stones or full slab concrete. Dogs that want to get out will dig within 2 feet of the actual fence since it is a visual motivation... so if you can only afford the two feet at the actual fence I would at least start with that and then improve as you can afford it. If you can afford someone to build it like in the pictures above that would be great. then there are the climbers ???? lol

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