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So sunshine is about 9 possibly 10 but a Chihuahua, so it's really not "old"
In the backyard they have a kennel run (I think that's the word) yes has water in their.
I have a male Chi mix and they are inseparable. They do everything together which is making it a bit harder. Literally have to be in the same room/space pretty much at all times. They are very bonded.
Probably almost a month ago this has started to happen: I put them out and within a couple minutes she'll bark and bark. My thing is that before this she was very use to spending an hour outside and being just fine. But I don't understand why not anymore.
For a very long time they'd have the entire yard but then my parents started fixing the yard (putting concrete and building a small storage room) and since then they've only been allowed to hang in the run unless I'm watching them. But this has already been more than 6 months ago.
She did go to a vet on Thursday (last week) and she is fine. So I doubt anything is wrong with her. She went because she started vomiting but they gave her anti nausea pills and she's good now.
So I eventually will bring her in and leave Jr out and he'll start howling. Then I put him in. When she comes in all she'll do is sleep. But last night before bed I heard her scratch the kennel door in my room but I ignored as she literally had less than a minute inside.
This is getting me a bit frustrated as I believe (my dogs at least) should get outside time. Even if it's just them sleeping in the sun/shade for about 30 minutes. Before she started this she would sleep in their and just be very relaxed. I don't know what's happening with her.
 

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Hi there, first off let me say that for half my life all I've had were strictly outdoor dogs. After that they've been indoor/outdoor. So I'm not opposed to that at all....that being said, an awful lot of dogs just dont like to be outside without their humans. Its as simple as that. I personally dont believe dogs really actually need outside in the yard time ( I'm talking about just putting them outside in the yard to do their own thing ). I used to but my opinion has changed. We do put both ours outside,but they have a job to do out there and they know it;) . Yeah there are plenty of dogs who like to be outside doing their own thing but the majority I've seen or owned just want to be wherever their owners are mostly. And some dogs would just rather be indoors period. I personally think that when we put them outside, or leave them home alone they mostly just hang out waiting on us humans to come back. Then they throw a party. I know for a fact ours basically just rest up all day until we come home then its on! I dont think dogs occupy themselves nearly as much as many people think.
Who knows why your dogs decided they dont want to be out there? The environment changed....dogs do mature and change as they age.....their likes and dislikes change just like humans.
If you're set on them having outdoor time on their own, just leave them out there and ignore the pleas to come inside, theyll learn soon enough that they dont get to demand when they come in.
 

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Sounds outside is extremely boring now. They were used to wandering around, finding bits of grass to nibble, bugs to chase and all that. My dogs get bored and want in even though they have all that. After done with a nice sunbath and exploring they will start barking and need to come inside. If I was smart I'd set a timer and bring them in before they bark.

If I sit on the patio or putter around in the yard they are clearly delighted. My dogs adore being with me, likely yours do as well. Try joining them, read a bit, do your nails, sweep the paving and so on.

Or has something changed in the neighborhood? Construction, new dogs, noisy neighbors, more traffic? Could they be yapping about noises they think you need to know about? My dogs yap a lot less inside than out.

It's remotely possible her stomach ache started when she was outside and now she thinks it's dangerous out there. Whether the vomiting started out there or not she may have had pain before vomiting.

Good they have a safe place in the yard but they don't need to be outside. There's plenty of vitamin D in AAFCO labeled dog food.

Bonded isn't particularly good. What is going to happen when one dog dies? Max was annoyed living with old dog Sassy but when he was suddenly the only dog in the house he collapsed and I took him to the vet. He recovered inside a week after resuming normal activities, training and going to his class. I'd be doing things with the dogs on their own, take for walks and training silly dog tricks at the very least so they are away from the other dog and have some quality time with somebody besides the other dog.
 

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I asked the vet and he said it might be because she's older.
Today my brother was cleaning the backyard and I noticed she stopped barking and was just watching him. As soon as he was done and came in she started back up.
Today I stayed home all day and I've noticed that if I "ignore" she does eventually settle back down. But she goes "off and on"
When I knew the backyard was gonna get renovated I slowly started leaving them in the run at times. Nothing has changed in the neighborhood that I can hear/see.
The 1st time she puked it was outside.
I was thinking is it possible with all that barking/stressing out could she have made herself vomit? (I know that might sound crazy)
I sometimes don't know if their truly bonded, today I was thinking how about if Sunshine leaves 1st.
Before Jr I had another dog and they were very close to each other. He died and she didn't "mourn" I can leave Jr in his kennel and take her to the vet and they both seem fine and vice versa. But I put her in and leave him out and he freaks and howls. And even though they do sometimes get mad at each other they seem to be very attached. But I really don't know.
 

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A dog can definately get so worked up it can vomit...... Also, it is extremely common for one dog to flip out when you let the other inside. The dog left outside ( or inside for that matter ) can be thinking its missing out on something.... Neither of my dogs like it if one gets to be inside or outside when the other is not. And our dogs are not extremely bonded to each other. We purposely raise our dogs to focus on us more than each other, they dont even stay in the same room together when we're not home.
 

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Oh okay I thought I was crazy for thinking that she could have made herself vomit. She has been doing overall a bit better now that I ignore her. But at times it can still get very frustrating, I put her out and a minute later she's barking. But she comes in and just sleeps. I sometimes wonder if that's her just "slowing down"
As for her and Jr I leave them together when I'm not home because they're use to it. But I can see how they think they're missing out. Maybe their not as bonded as I think.
 
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