Post # 1
I’ll admit that I don’t know much about construction and what affects a home’s value, so I’m open to input here.
One of our dogs is an outside dog. He’s a large dog, about 90 pounds. We have a large kennel like cage, with a tarp roof for shade, and a wooden pallet that holds his food and that he can lay on. The door to the kennel stays open, and it’s within a larger fenced in portion of our yard, so he’s not caged in and can run and has freedom.
It rains a lot here, so the shaded area has been getting a lot of runoff around the edges, and the dog has been digging. We don’t want him to have to lay in mud, and the wood pallet is not raised off the ground and is not very big. My husband wants to pour a slab of concrete and build a lean-to structure. I would rather get or build a raised floor dog house that we could move (which I know this option would be more labor intensive and costly), because I’m worried about when we sell our house that potential buyers won’t be appreciative of a random slab of concrete in the back yard. Granted, this yard is in addition to the back yard, and is to the back and side of the house, but still.
Is he right? Would this concrete slab not affect our ability to sale the house? We’re looking to move in 2 years or less.
Post # 2
Why have a dog just to keep it outside…
Post # 3
A small slab would be easy to rip up! Do whatever works for you I don’t think that would deter me from buying a house I love
Post # 4
I have a dog so i would think thats super cool. Even if I didnt have a dog I wouldnt worry about it, definitely not a deal breaker.
Post # 5
A solution to this problem is to let the dog inside 🙁
Post # 6
Concrete is very hard on a dogs pads n claws. Most breeders use pea gravel on the base of their dog runs. A few inches thick and they won’t dig and it won’t be muddy.
Post # 7
futuremrs2020 : wander : I agree with this sentiment.
knotyet : while I don’t mean to be rude, I truly don’t understand making any financial investment this animal that is just left to be outside. Rather, if he’s not allowed indoors with the family, left out in the rain/sun/other elements, why do you wish to keep him? I spend hella $$$ on my dog because I have a true bond with him. He’s in my face (literally) every time I come home. I cannot imagine having a real relationship with an animal that’s so disconnected from me that he’s gotta stay outside. Why do you have a dog?
Again, I *really* don’t mean this in a rude way, as I know tone/intent can be difficult to read on the internet—I’m genuinely curious.
Post # 8
Right? My dogs are on the couch next to me now, I can’t imagine leaving them outside by themselves. I also grew up with really big dogs, and they were inside dogs so I don’t think size matters since OP might as she mentioned the dogs size…
Post # 9
happiekrappie : futuremrs2020 :
Dogs can be well cared for outside. Large dogs are not well suited for indoors. He’s played with every day, he’s fed and has water every day. There is shelter outside for him and plenty of space to run. He would hate being cooped up inside and barks to be let out if he’s inside too long. He loves his freedom. I don’t understand this view that a dog is not loved and cared for if their outside. If the weather gets too hot or cold, or the weather turns bad, he comes inside.
Post # 10
bctoquebec : Thank you! That helps.
Post # 11
We have a larger 35kg /80lb dog and although he spends time inside hes predominantly an outside animal! Dogs are perfectly fine outside and I don’t love my dog any less just because he doesn’t get on the furniture or sleep indoors! He’s well fed, used to be walked twice a day (he’s now thirteen so doesn’t need the intensive exercise), has an insulated kennel and he’s definitely well cared for.
OP – we have a kennel and run that was on a concrete slab at our previous property and we didn’t receive any negative feedback from our realtor regarding the concrete. I think it sound like a sensible idea and any potential owners could always put a portable spa or hot tub on the slab!
Post # 12
“Large dogs are not well suited for indoors” I imagine you must have repeated this nonsense to yourself enough times that you actually think it’s true. It sounds like the dog is a BURDEN to you, quite frankly. After all, this living creature you “claim” is a part of your family and “loved” isn’t “suited” to be in your house? Doesn’t sound like much of a loved family member.
And I DO mean to be rude. People like you have no business having pets.
Post # 13
I know plenty of large dogs who very happily live inside, dogs are social creatures and shouldn’t be confined to a small area in your back garden. It makes me really sad that you think a dog sleeping on a wooden pallet with tarp over it in the rain and mud is a good life, that sounds horrendous.
Bring the dog inside or give him to someone who can provide him with the life he deserves, because there’s more to owning a dog than just giving them food and walking them.
Post # 14
DeniseSecunda : seriously??? Because there’s only one way to own a dog right? Please.
OP, your dog is fine. We too have an outside dog and it’s a lot smaller, we live in a sub tropical climate so winter is pretty mild and my dog likes it outside where we have a large yard. He has a kennel, shade and a downstairs covered area under the house. A dog doesn’t need to be allowed on furniture, beds and inside 90% of the time to be loved and part of the family.
Post # 15
Add me to the chorus of why have a dog, a gregarious animal, loving to be around its people and then keep it outside alone on a concrete slab covered by a tarp . Sounds like dog prison to me .
I just cannot fathom it.