Post # 46
The “large dogs aren’t suited for living indoors” excuse is tired and half-assed.
I have four dogs who have access to the yard through a dog door. One of them is a giant breed, and I assure you, she loves BOTH. When they don’t have to choose between one or the other, a dog will happily go from indoors to outdoors at their leisure, but all four of mine enjoy being able to choose. I’d say about 65-75% of the time, they choose to be indoors with me.
If you prefer to keep him outside when you’re not at home, then by all means. His setup sounds adequate for short periods of time. But at night and when you’re not at work? He should be part of the family, or at least be given that option.
If you’re worried about the mud and the mess, I’d recommend a cat next time.
Post # 47
Regardless of the indoor/outdoor dog debate can we keep this thread on track, please. It has been totally hijacked.
Post # 48
If keeping a dog outside is the norm in your area, then I would think it would be a bonus ammenity if the next owners have a dog.
Post # 49
Mrs_Beer : Oops. Totally started halfway through the thread and didn’t even know the point.
OP, I wouldn’t go with concrete to give your dog a less muddy surface. It will wear down his paw pads and his elbows if that’s where he chooses to lay the majority of the time. I would go with some river rocks in the area with poor drainage to stop the water from getting in his area, and potentially construct something more comfortable than the pallet for him to lounge on. Maybe get a couple of raised dog beds so he has some options.
Have you considered doggy AstroTurf? It’s pricey, but might sell better than concrete down the road.
For people with dogs where I live, I think they would prefer that the yard be sodded and irrigated. That way, there are no dirt problems. Perhaps put some money into a nice lawn area instead of a concrete slab? That way, it would appeal to families with kids and pet owners alike, and be an investment into curb appeal for resale.
Post # 50
I would not buy a home with a large concrete slab in the back unless I was prepared to immediately remove it. It would have been a dealbreaker to me.
Experts in dog psychology will tell you that dogs are pack animals that want and need to be close to their family members. Bad or annoying indoor behavior is a function of poor training, not an animal that should be isolated. Behaviors like excessive digging are a sign of stress.