Is it okay to leave my pug dog outside?

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Answered by: Roxane, An Expert in the Care for Dogs and Puppies Category
You need to run a few errands and won't be gone very long. It’s a nice day, you have an 8-foot fence around your back yard with a double locked gate so no one can get in, so you decide to leave your pug dog outside to "enjoy the fresh air". Or, you just had the carpet replaced and you don't want to risk any potty accidents when you are gone. There is plenty of shade and water and maybe even a little doghouse outside, your pug will be fine!

Do you know that by doing this, you could be giving your pug a death sentence?

Even if you have done it a hundred times before and never had any problems, all it takes is one time for something terrible to happen. Pugs can't take care of themselves, they count on you to always look out for them and keep them safe. Having a pug is a lot like having a permanent three-year-old child. Would you leave your toddler outside alone, even for ten minutes? Of course you wouldn't! Just think about a few of the things that could happen to your beloved pug while you are gone:

- Your dog may be allergic to bees, yellow jackets or spiders. It's very easy to get a bite or sting. If you aren't there, you won't be able to get them to the vet or give them something to help before shock sets in. It is a horrible way to die and totally treatable if caught quickly. But if you aren't there to watch your pug…

- People steal dogs that are left unattended in back yards or tied up by stores and restaurants. They look for particularly sweet natured dogs that won't attack or bark very much. They then sell the dogs in towns far away, or use them for "breeding stock" in a puppy mill, or worse, sell them for medical research or to be used to "blood" fighting dogs (teach them to kill other dogs).

- A neighbor or other person who does not like dogs might throw something over the fence to poison your dog. Simple household items like antifreeze and dark chocolate can be poison to your pug. Few pugs would turn down free chocolate or a ball of hamburger if some magically appeared in their yard. Death by chocolate is no joke for a pug, as little as a quarter pound of chocolate could kill the average-sized pug.

- The temperature could change suddenly, and your pug could die from heat stroke or from exposure to the cold. It only takes a few minutes for a pug to get disoriented by the heat even if they have shade and water. Even the heaviest water bowl can be accidentally knocked over. Their short noses make it difficult for them to cool down and unless you are there to help them, they will die.

- Your pug could get caught up on something and "hang" themselves by their collar or by getting caught up in a rope, tree or other item.

-Aggressive dogs could break into your yard by digging, pushing in under the fence, climbing the fence or tearing down the fence. Can you imagine how horrible it would be to come home and find your pug mauled or killed in your back yard? You don't have to if you keep your pug safely inside.

- Other wild animals could get into your yard and attack your pugs: coyotes, snakes, wild dogs, even hawks can attack and maim or kill your pug.

Do all these things sound like crazy scare tactics? These are all actual things that have happened to pugs we have known in just the past few years. Sadly all of the pain and suffering of the pugs and their people could have been avoided by responsible pet ownership.

Plain and simply put, pugs are NOT outside dogs, even for a short period of time! Never leave your pug dog outside when you are not right there with them. Even a doggie door to an open back yard can lead to horrible consequences. Your pug counts on you to keep them safe from harm. Please don't let them down.

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