|09-20-2013 04:39 PM|
Our personal dogs are indoors at a lot of the time, but we also do a lot of outdoor activities with them. If the weather is nice the way it's been for the past couple of weeks, I will let them outside just hang out in the fence. I don't see anything wrong with having outdoor pets, as long as they aren't forgotten about. A lot of people put in a dog in fence and never take them anywhere else or spend time with them.
I've had a few dogs here who were used to living outdoors and never really acclimated, no matter how hard we tried to get them to.
|09-20-2013 04:21 PM|
|Switchblade906||I am glad that pretty much everyone has their pets indoors. I just think that it is terrible when someone has a pet that they don't let inside and are subjected to the elements all the time....|
|09-20-2013 04:19 PM|
|09-20-2013 04:07 PM|
|Lucy Dog||I'll go a step further and I know it's not for everyone, but we even let our dogs sleep on the beds if they want to. They sleep in the crate until they're 100% housebroken, but once trusted, they sleep where they want to sleep. If it's the bed, so be it.|
|09-20-2013 03:53 PM|
I live in the UK and we have variable weather, no two days are the same.
My 3 guys 1 GSD and 2 Siberian Huskies are all inside dogs.
I have a dogflap and a fully secure garden so they can
roam in and out as they please.
Sometimes they'll spend most of the day outside
Other times they are under my feet all day.
It's their choice
|09-20-2013 03:48 PM|
My dogs live indoors. They sleep in crates in our bedroom at night, and when we're gone they have a chain link pen in the garage with a dog door to an outside run. When we take them to the park or the beach they get dirty, sometimes muddy, and/or wet and sandy. If they're dirty they get a bath, no more often than once a month, and sometimes it's 3 or 4 months between baths. They're never "filthy". I can't understand why someone who feels that way about animals even has pets at all.
|09-20-2013 03:29 PM|
When I was growing up, we never, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER had an inside pet. Not a cat, not a dog, nothing. Animals were for working or guard dogs and they were dirty and not allowed in the house. Period. It wasn't coming in, so no need in asking. Ever.
Now, as an adult, since I've lived on my own, I've not had a strictly "outside" pet, with the exception of my barn cats, who technically live in the barn, so they're not out weathering the conditions.
All of my dogs are inside/outside dogs in that they're out when we're working, kenneled when we're not working during the day, and then inside in the evening and all night until the next morning.
Shoot, I even brings chicks inside when it starts getting cold and we've nursed sick goats in the laundry room. Now, livestock doesn't get free roam of the house, but it's not unusual for someone to open my laundry room and see an injured goat, or batch of chicks in there.
But today's society, people tend to view pets more as family and less as "just a dog"... so that's probably why more people have them inside.
|09-20-2013 03:24 PM|
|09-20-2013 12:57 PM|
As a kid and now as an adult, all of our animals are inside animals. If they want to go outside they can (not the cats - they'd get eaten by the local wildlife for sure), but Ralphie definitely prefers inside and/or wherever I am. My husband was raised with the idea that larger breed dogs should ne outside so sometimes he tries to make Ralphie go hang out in the yard by himself, but he just waits by the back door with this "if you're not coming out here with me, I'm not staying out here!" look on his face. Husband says he feels bad that Ralphie is "cooped up inside" all the time, but if he wanted to go be outside he could & when he does want to go out and play or whatever I gladly open the door for him. He just clearly prefers to laze around indoors.
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|09-20-2013 12:55 PM|
We have a puppy door too so they come and go as they please. Outside is a 6 foot privacy fence on half the yard and 4 foot black chain length on the rest. We have had a puppy door for 20 yrs and never ever keep it closed. In this time i have never had a dog that preferred outside either, they go out to play, poop etc then come in and play rest etc. inside is where they spend most of their time. The only time I have ever had an outside dog was when I was a young kid.
I work from home 75% of the time so it is pretty easy to keep an eye on things.
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