Yes. How about you live outside and see how it feels. Bring the dog inside and treat it like a member of your family (which, they are).
oh, there’s plenty here too. you can’t keep a dog locked up 24/7 and not expect it to be hyper!!!! there’s someone that lives pretty close to me that has a pit bull in the smallest kennel i have ever seen. it’s pathetic, i always get angry when i pass. there’s always grass grown up taller than the dog and i NEVER see it get out and play or even interact with anyone. it stays in its dog house majority of the time. the owners doesn’t even need him, but why can’t they at least put a chain on the dog and connect it to the kennel so the poor dog can at least get out of the kennel and walk around. it’s so cruel.There are way to many “outside“ dogs in my neck of the woods that live their lives in small yards all alone. Throw them some food and water, and go back in the house. I hear “oh he gets too excited if I let him in, so he has to stay outside”. Idiots.
I mean, to me, it’s not cruel if the dog likes staying outside and has proper shelter, food and water. I don’t believe in leaving a dog locked up outside for all it’s life, but it’s not always a bad thing if a dog lives outside, to me. it all depends on the dog, and how it’s cared for! i wouldn’t say my shepherds actually live outside, but like right now my they are outside in their kennels bc we went hiking today and they got super muddy. in the morning, i will let them out, they will stay out and be with me all day, if i decide to bathe them, i’ll bring them inside lol this is just my opinion, though. i enjoy getting to see opinions from different perspectives!Yes. How about you live outside and see how it feels. Bring the dog inside and treat it like a member of your family (which, they are).
I couldn't agree more. My uncle's dogs have a different lifestyle than my own. They have never seen the inside of the house, yet each has their own shelter outside. They're farm's dogs, Keyword dogS, they are "free-range" (e.i not tied to any area) and each have their own jobs to perform. As you mentioned having only one dog, would not meet the dog's social needs. What comes to mind is when you see photos of barn dogs that prefer to sleep with the other farm animals. My own dog, on the other hand, is as spoiled as can be. Being a long coat Shepard during the summer months he loves sleeping on the patio. However, he has a choice to come inside at any time, with the doggy door. I would have to agree that keeping a dog chained up, outside (shelter or not) would be cruel and a thing of the past.“Dogs are highly social animals and are well adapted to living in groups. Studies have also shown that they are very good at interpreting human gestures and behavior“.
Isn‘t this the essence of keeping our dogs? Unless multiple dogs are kept outside and for a very specific reason, there’s not a chance in h... that all your dog’s needs are being met.
My bride could hang all of my family’s clothes on a line, strung between two trees, to dry, but I’d like to think we’ve gotten beyond the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
If you’re keeping a single dog outside, without knowing all of your reasons and degree of husbandry, yes, it’s cruel .... as well as a whole host of other things.
Now that the weather is so nice, when I walk my dogs together and come home the 5 year old often hangs a few yards behind at the door. I just ask him "do you want in or out" and he'll either stand where he is or run up to the door depending on what he wants. He's always done that once was was an adult and hasn't changed with the pup.Something that has always disturbed me is when people have an ”inside” dog, and an “outside” dog. We see it all too frequently at the grooming shop. I’ll groom their little dog and they will say “oh, we have an outside dog- could you cut his nails?”. Usually they volunteer that the dog is an “outside” dog only because it’s a big dog, and big dogs don’t come inside. I always wonder how that big dog feels when the little dog goes in and out.
My Zac is truly an outside person. He sleeps inside at night, but we really have to make him come inside, he would be very happy outside all night, but I worry, so that’s a no. Winter here on NY? Nope, he comes in! I think you have to key off your own Shepherd..one size doesn’t fit all..Do some people actually think it’s cruel for a dog to live outside? That blows my mind. If the dog has the correct shelter, shade, food and water and gets love and affection and exercise daily, what’s the problem!!?!?