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Griff, 9 months old. You may already know he is quite the project, being strong willed, yet doing very well (petting myself on the back :grin2:). Lately he has become more destructive inside. More so than when he was younger when I could easily leave the two alone out of the crates for about an hour. I like to think that he gets enough training, play and exercise. We have an outdoor kennel and he seems to love it there, more so than inside with Deja. The two do get along well. Good reversed play and seemingly enjoy each others company.
I have observed that in the house: he is restless (not lying down unless on a down-stay, chewing on himself, picking up stuff), being annoying to Deja. Typical behavior of a bored dog. In the outdoor kennel, that I can see from inside the house, he observes the surroundings, never barks, is relaxed and doesn't chew himself. He lies down, gets up, rummages around a bit and lies down again. The indoor floors are oak and with a woolen rug. The outdoor kennel has rubber stall mats. He doesn't chew himself while crated inside.
He can easily spend hours outside in his kennel without an issue and when I get him he sits nicely waiting to be let out. Is always happy to see us (Deja and me). My plan was always to have the two living with me inside but he is showing me more and more to be an outside dog most part of the day. If deer are racing through the yard he doesn't even give a yip.
Should I give in to this and keep him mainly outside during his non-work/play hours or work on his inside-the-house-behavior? He has shown to have a good off button, but only outside in his kennel. He will be inside at night though.
I find him an incredible interesting dog like no other I have had, fostered or worked with.
What do you all think about this?
 

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Very interesting! I've always been a primarily indoor-dog person. I think it was drilled into me fostering and being in rescue-it was only special circumstances we adopted to outdoor/indoor dog situations. Your set-up sounds good, especially if he's in at night. I did have a foster who had been feral and literally could not be contained within walls without self-harming, but that's obviously not your case ;)

Honestly, I think it's your personal preference. If you really want him to be an indoor dog, tackle working with him indoors. He sounds like he gets a lot of stimulation and physical and mental outlets, but it's hard to beat the constant stimulation of being outside. However, you can just have a "sorry your life is rough (wink, obviously not), but you gotta learn to be okay in here" attitude." I am guessing he's going to have to be ok being inside some of the time, like if you plan on visiting friends or family. If he seems truly content and you don't mind him being out there most of the time, than let him chill as he will ;)

It also sounds like it could be a phase. As he's getting older he's getting to be more of a handful and needing more stimulation and/or learning how to have a more solid "off" switch and learning to be calm.

I don't think him spending time outside is going to make him a terror inside either way, but I definitely would still work with him inside. Does he have a window he can look out of? Keep us posted on how it goes, I never tire of canine behavior!
 

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My girl Misty seems to be very uncomfortable indoors for periods of time in every season.Sometimes just a few days,sometimes a week or so.I let her stay out as long as she likes.Heat,humidity or lack thereof,I don't know.Sometimes she's only in for meals and overnight of course.
 

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Nyx also has preferred to remain outside at times since she was about 5 months old. She's normally with me wherever I go, unless I tell her to wait where she is. That being said, sometimes when I am outside with her and get up to go inside she will remain where she is and give me a certain look, like she's asking to stay. I usually let her decide, as either way is fine with me. We simply exchange a look, and I go on about my business. But she's always in all night, every night. I don't think letting Griff stay outside will cause any problems for either of you when remaining outside is not an option. And I personally like it that my dog can tell me her preference, so I honor her choice whenever it's possible.
 

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Mine do seem to occasionally like to zen out in the yard for short periods, subbathing or staring off into the forest.

But it is relatively short lived, they really prefer to be with me and a face will pop up at the glass door or I see them on the front stoop which means they want in.

None of my dogs have a hard time settling in the house which I appreciate alot.
 

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It is seldom mentioned, but dogs and all living creatures need autonomous time for mental health. IMO, he is telling you something, listen to him. Let him have his time alone to control his own wants and needs, mentally and physically.
 

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My breeder said to give our dog alone time every day. He loves being outside by himself, but it’s not something I do rigidly. If he wants to be out and doesn't come in when I do, he can stay outside. Eventually he gets bored and stands at the door to come back in. I don’t understand why it needs to be an either/ or decision. There are people here who would love it if their dog stayed outside in a run quietly part of the time. Embrace it.
 

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Both my GSDs (the current and the previous)...when they're inside, they want to go outside. When they're outside, they want back in. Basically they want to be where I am.
 

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Miika prefers to be with me whether I am inside or out.

Kiisa is only sorta that way some of the time. Mostly she prefers to be outside and likes to stay in one of the dogloos (I think that is the right name).

It might go back, for her, to her first six months of life where she was always outside. After she decided to move in with us, she got to learn a bit about being an inside puppy, but still likes to spend most of her time outside.
 

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I have a dog door. My dogs are like little children that are in and out, in and out, in and out... I’m happy I don’t have to let them in and out, lol. Sometimes they choose to be inside with me, other times I peek out the window and see one sprawled on the deck or in the yard. Sometimes they just need to go out and be a dog.
 

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I think doing what works best for each dog and for you is the route to go. It's funny how different dogs can be, my are full sisters but 3 years apart. Night and day in interests though.
 

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They are all different. Sometimes max and Luna they like to lie out on the deck. Max enjoys his bed and can take a nap outside. Often it’s in out in out. On beautiful days I enjoy that they want to be outside- gives me a break but they are always waiting for me to join them. They often run and chase each other so glad they also get some exercise in to regardless if the yard gets cut up. Max and Luna are shadows though and will be for the most part where I am.
 

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I would do whatever makes my dog happy. It can be dog specific or breed specific.

I grew up with Huskies who clearly preferred being outside. And they let us know. My current GSD loves being outside and prefers being outside, but only if I'm with him. He's happiest with me. If I leave him outside by himself, he circles the lanai waiting for me to come out and play with him or to let him back inside.
 

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depends on the weather. My big-boy has been happily lounging on the the patio now that it is a bit cooler and I can leave the door open. Sometimes I'll open the patio door too so that they can go to the yard. But then my gal-dog gets bored and starts softly barking at the neighbor's fence. "come out so I can bark at you". But mostly my gal-dog is velcro. She would rather be outside and is often staring at me, most likely thinking "if we were outside together playing fetch it would be so much fun!"

Seems that many of our dogs would like the best of both worlds. That would be Outside doing stuff With Us.
 

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At the risk of sounding like the bad guy, I want to add that his chewing, being that he is healthy, flea free, and it only occurs inside, IMO, is a sign of stress.
 

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Because I work full time and will not leave them in the yard by themselves when I am gone for that long, they spend 8 hours on work days inside and of course, all nights. Because of this, I let them spend all the time I can outside during the remaining hours. Sometimes I am with them and sometimes I am not. I frequently check on them while they are outside. Two of my dogs would woof at the door if they wanted in, but Rocky as a general rule does not. With him, I will hold the door open as an invitation, he can come or elect to stay outside. The only exception is if the weather is really bad and I worry about hot/humid weather more than cold. 90 plus degree heat and I call them in every so often to cool off and then they can go back out if they want. My dogs have all had thick coats and will lay on their bellies out in the snow, but if its single digit temperatures, then I call them in every so often to warm up.

I do think living creatures need to be left alone sometimes and also to be allowed some choices.
 

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Life inside our homes is generally boring to many dogs, outside is far more interesting. A squirrel in a tree, dog barking in the distance, or even a bird flying overhead is much more intersting than the nothing going on in our living rooms. With training and time "most" dogs, including those with higher drives can learn to cope with inside life providing all their needs are being met.
 

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I think that the major difference between inside and outside is basically the scent scape. We (humans)get bored looking at the same 4 walls. I think dogs get very bored of the same smells.

One day while we were out laying around in the yard together I heard the trash truck making it's rounds on the street behind us. There is a decent amount of thick wood between and there was a light breez coming from that direction. I could hear the trash cans rattling. I look at my guy just chilling but his nose was very busy catching odors I don't even want to imagine. Lol.

Up til then, I often wondered why he didn't seem bored outside while doing "nothing" as opposed to inside while doing nothing.
 
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