This could be a hot debate. I know most of us believe our dogs belong inside...but what about those that believe that dogs should live outside? What do you believe?
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I will say this...my SIL at one time had three dogs....two mini doxies and a lab mix. The mini doxies lived inside and the lab mix lived outside all the time. She built a pen, an insulated dog house...and brought the dog into the garage when the weather was extremely cold. Why did Snoopy live outside? Because that dog just "hated" being indoors! When they would bring him inside he would cry, bark, scratch at the door....he just wanted to be outside.
Of course I believe that if you get a dog with the intention of never having he/she indoors....then don't get a dog. I don't care how much you say that you're going to spend time with the dog...or that your children are going to spend time with him....it is not the same as having a dog as a bonded member of your family.
Of course...there are exceptions ot every rule. Many people who live on farms and in very rural areas believe in outside dogs. As long as they are well cared for with adequate shelter, food, water and attention, then I imagine that's fine.
Me, myself, I would "never" have an outside dog.
I have to agree, some dogs want nothing to do with confinement indoors. I treat each "dog situation" according to how the dog responds. But I prefer to choose a dogality that wants to bond in the house.
The "dogs belong outside" thinking is what broke up my last relationship! I would never tolerate a dog being separated from the family, even if the family is just one person. He came from a rural Michigan area where they had a pack of hunting beagles, and the dogs were kept in heated kennels almost like you would keep horses. Those dogs were a family unto themselves and preferred their own company. I can understand that, though I don't agree with it. When he wanted the Weims outside, I walked! Both Allie and Comet had been "outside dogs" and both landed in rescue. No reason to have a pet, either cat or dog, that you don't share your space with!
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I think it all depends on the situation, the breed and temperament of the dog, where you live and how cold it gets, etc.. My grandfather always had a dog while he was farming. The dog never came in the house, but it always got plenty of companionship. It spent the whole day with Grandpa out in the fields. It even had jobs, like moving the cattle from one area to another. Of course, the dogs didn't know that was work. They thought it was great fun! The second dog I remember himhaving was a Boarder Collie named Suzy. Grandpa would drive in his pickup and keep her inside the cab, where she insisted on sitting right beside him. One day, someone saw him from the back, and told people that she had seen Myerl Rimpler riding around town with a blonde cozying up beside him. After that, he started putting his hat on Suzy, so no one would think it was a young woman with long blonde hair!
I think whether you have another dog, or even a cat, for companionship, is another variable. My grandparents had a dog when my mom was a little girl who just loved the farm cats. Winter nights, the dog would lie down in his dog house and the cats would lie on top of him. They all stayed toasty warm!
In general, though, since people generally don't spend as much time outside as in years past, having a dog that can be in the house at least part of the top makes more sense.
Barbara - I remember your situation! I'm so sorry about that. I would never let Jack and Taz stay outdoors. First, they were raised indoors/outdoors but mostly indoors and they would be scared to be outside at night. I understand the outdoor dog thing...all my neighbors have outdoor dogs and it's just an attitude out here. I may be the only neighbor who has indoor dogs.
I understand your feelings, Suzan. I too think it's cruel to leave dogs outside. But, at one time we did have outdoor dogs. My stance has changed though. We had a Lab and GS.
Laura - I agree with your third paragraph. I live in a rural area and everyone out here has dogs outside. I think I'm the only one with dogs inside. At one time we did have dogs (Lab and GS) outside but if it ever got too cold or too hot we had them in the garage. That was a long time ago and my attitude toward dogs has changed. I can't imagine putting Jack and Taz out at night - they would be scared. And I can tell you the fact that I provide love and bonding is what makes Jack and Taz what kind of dogs they are - loving and sweet. They are glued to me every single moment in this house and I wouldn't want it any other way. I just hate to see dogs outside in a yard or wandering in the neighborhood. Just don't get that.
Hi Noelani and Welcome! I hear you on dogs outside. Where I live that's all you see - hunting dogs are outside (not sure about their shelter though) and people just believe that dogs belong outside. But not me. My dogs are indoors. That's funny about the border collie - made me really laugh!
Thanks for chiming in and I hope you stick around ;-)