Sunday, October 28, 2012

Watch Your Puppy Outside!

There are many dangers to your new puppy when it goes outside to potty.

Sadly some dogs can be picked up by hawks when they are under 2 - 4 lbs.  It is harder after the dog reaches 3 lbs but I have learned that hawks can kill them on the spot and try to eat them right there if they can't carry them off. 

Please watch your dog until it is well over 3 lbs when it goes out to potty.  Once they are full grown you should have no problems letting your puppy out to potty but still since Maltese are small and adorable, there are always things you need to watch for such as:

  • Holes Under The Fence
  • Fence Slats They Can Squeeze Through
  • Hawks
  • Possums
  • Larger Dogs
  • Larger Animals such as Horses, Donkeys, Goats, Cows, etc.
  • Children who may want to hurt your dog
  • Passersby who wish to steal your dog
  • Sunburn from being left outside without shade
  • Dehydration from being left in heat or sun
  • Large Bodies of water
  • Pools/Spas
  • Ponds

Things that may help:

  • Chicken wire stapled around the bottom of your fence and gates
  • Bricks put under the gate bottom so they cannot dig out
  • Bricks put under where ever they like to dig
  • Listen if you hear anything like yelping or barking
  • Don't leave the dog unattended until they are older
  • Don't leave the dog without shelter outside
  • Always leave water for your dog when it is outside

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