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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2015, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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So I was having a conversation with a friend about having dogs sleeping outside. I've always had my pets sleep inside, but they've always been small dogs. Now as I mentioned that. he said, he's always had his dogs sleep outside in their dog house. Now at this point we're both looking up information to back up our claim as to which is better for the dog. we love both our dogs so much. Just choose to let them sleep in different places.

So now the question is how many of you let your dog(s) sleep outside? and how many let your dog(s) sleep inside?
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2015, 06:48 PM
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This is in the Poll forum. Is there supposed to be a poll?

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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2015, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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I guess there was a glitch I tried creating it on my phone.
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post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2015, 07:14 PM
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I don't get the point unless it is a livestock guardian living with a herd. A house hold guard living outside is easily dealt with. Antifreeze laced ground beef over the fence a couple days ahead of time and a burglar won't have to deal with any barking.
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post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2015, 07:51 PM
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There is no universal answer to this question. All dogs are different, as are the environments they live in.
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I don't personally believe in having them sleep outside. Right now my back door is wide open and they can come and go but they are all inside. They choose to be wherever I am.

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There is no universal answer to this question. All dogs are different, as are the environments they live in.
Some dogs are pets, some dogs are working dogs, and some dogs just prefer to be either inside or outside.

I live in Ottawa, ON, Canada, and we have some REALLY cold winters.

I have friends that have two Great Pyrenees - you couldn't get these dogs in the house in the winter if you tried. They absolutely love it. They live in the country and really didn't want to leave them out all the time, so they built a dog run / enclosure that is off the back door. There is a huge doggie door (I fit through it LOL) and the dogs can come into the mud room if they want. They never have, but my friend's have peace of mind LOL

I have another friend with a Samoyed - it's a pet too and same idea - flat out won't come in the house in the winter.

I don't want my dog to sleep outside and I've never acclimatized her to it. However, she would probably be just fine if I built a dog house for her so she had shelter from the wind / snow, etc.

Even in -40 with the windchill, she'll be sitting on the back deck chewing ice cubes, rolling around the snow and doesn't want to come in.

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There is no universal answer to this question. All dogs are different, as are the environments they live in.
I agree.

I wouldn't entertain the notion of leaving my dog to sleep outside, but we also have a pretty extreme climate (both cold and heat). I think it's safer for her to be inside, given that we don't have the equipment necessary for her to live outside during the winter.

I also think we all - dog included - like it better that she's in the house. It works for us.
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I've never owned a dog who slept outside except for my Cocker Spaniel, Andy. He HATED being indoors ... whenever we brought him in the house he'd be happy for a few minutes then want to go right back outside. He had access to an outdoor dog house with a bed in the summer and we would put it inside during the winter (he had a tunnel and dog door to get inside the under-the-house garage anytime he wanted but he liked sleeping outside in the summer. He always had a bed in the garage when he didn't want to sleep in the dog house. When the temperature got bitter cold he had to sleep in my bedroom and he was MISERABLE ... he couldn't wait to get back outside. Other than Andy, all the rest of my dogs have preferred being in the house and stretching their legs outside for a couple hours several times a day.

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post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-30-2015, 12:22 PM
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All of my large dogs have lived outside. I did have a 10lb inside mutt for 18 years. Our large dogs do very well living outside 99% of the time, only coming indoors for the night when it's below zero F. Our Border Collie lived like that for 16 years and never had a health problem.

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