(Closed) SPINOFF: Keeping dogs outside?

posted 3 months ago in Pets
  • poll: Do you think dogs belong outside or inside the home?
    Outside : (11 votes)
    10 %
    Inside : (58 votes)
    50 %
    Given a choice via dog door : (46 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 2
    127 posts
    Blushing bee

    I agree with you. Dogs are social animals and need to be with their “pack” (us) to be happy. They belong inside. 

    Post # 4
    9327 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Inside, with the exception of actual working dogs i.e. livestock guardians.

    I wouldn’t be comfortable letting my dogs in and out when I’m not home, too worried about them barking all day or getting stolen.

    Post # 5
    2021 posts
    Buzzing bee

    happiekrappie :  my dogs are both indoor and outdoor doggos. They sleep inside and are inside when it is too hot, cold, rainy and just when I want them inside… but they also spend a lot of time outdoors. We have a huge fenced yard and one of my dogs is super high energy so its great for him to run and chase birds and play with his toys. The other dog is older and likes to sun bathe so thats more of his thing, but if it’s nice outside during the day then they’re outside. Which, TBH, I think more humans could benefit from, too. 

    Post # 6
    1737 posts
    Bumble bee

    I believe they belong inside with the rest of the family. We’ve always had border collies and in the beginning thought that they’d need lots of outdoor space to run around, but every house we moved into, they’d just want to be inside with us. 

    Post # 7
    1929 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    happiekrappie :  I disagree. I think your post is designed to shit stir. It was pretty evident from the other post how most people felt and they agree with you. You don’t need to start a whole new post which will get everyone agreeing with you secretly disguised as discussing logistics.

    Post # 8
    2467 posts
    Buzzing bee

    My situation doesn’t allow for a dog to be outside full time as I live in an urban area where A) we have no yard and B) the dog would 100% get stolen even if we had a yard.  Plus I have a dog that cannot be outside in extreme temperatures.  We have temps that range from -20 degrees F in the winter and 110 degrees F in the summer.  

    We do have a second home in a rural area and I do let her roam around the property off leash, but she has no desire to leave the general vicinity of the main building.  She enjoys free range pooping.  



    Post # 9
    1047 posts
    Bumble bee

    It really depends on the breed, temperament, etc. I’ve always had indoor/outdoor dogs and working dogs that stayed in the pastures with their charges. 

    Do I believe a single dog should remain outside by itself? Absolutely not. That is cruel. Dogs are pack animals. And they flourish with pack mates. It may be humans or other dogs, but they have a social unit. 

    I have two dogs currently, a 60lb x and an old lady mini schnauzer. My big boy PERFERS to be outside when it’s nice. If the sun is out, he is outside. My schnauzer? Not so much. She goes outside when the bbq is on and to go to the bathroom. Even if we are all outside as well. She wants nothing to do with the fresh air. 

    Post # 11
    929 posts
    Busy bee

    I have four dogs. Because they’re crated while I’m away, it’s of the utmost importance to me that they’re able to free range to their heart’s content when I’m home. They have a dog door to the yard, and if it’s muddy, I wipe their feet when they come in.  For the most part, they like being with me, but if they see a squirrel, it’s go time, and they burn their excess energy HARD! Haha 

    They’re a part of my family. They’re allowed on the furniture, sleep in their beds next to mine, and are permitted to come up for a snuggle in the mornings. I won’t ever have children, so I view it as totally my prerogative to act as though they’re human. Don’t even care about that judgment; I train them to behave, they’re polite to other people, and I don’t force my choice to love them as kids on anyone who doesn’t view them the way I do. All I know is that they bring me joy, and exiling them to outside would never sit right with me. If they chose to be outside the majority of the time? Cool. But they would still have the option. 

    Quite frankly, I wish more people’s human kids could be like my dogs. 

    Post # 12
    9541 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    We live in an apartment so we keep our dog inside with us.

    But growing up my family had a dog who hated being inside, he had a doggy door into the house (he never used it but the other dog could go outside to hang out with him) and one into the garage for shelter from the rain/snow – he had a whole section that was caged off and had blankets and my dad heated it in the winter and he rarely went in there either. Some dogs want to be outside. 

    Post # 13
    929 posts
    Busy bee

    loz24 :  Stirs shit while accusing someone else of doing it. Ahhh, irony. What a gem. 

    Post # 14
    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2019

    We live in a community where we’re kind of the odd ones out keeping our shepherd inside. We have an outdoor kennel/run that we use if we’ll be gone too long but she’s majority a couch dog. For a working dog this is rare where we live.

    However, I’ve seen no problems or lack of happy dogs amongst the outdoor dogs in our area. They’re cared for, have shelter, and loved. They’re miserable when they get stuck inside. I know one in particular who will open a door and put herself back outside if she’s kept inside for whatever reason. I think it definitely depends on the area you live in and what the dog is used to. We’re a rural ranching community and working or hunting dogs in every capacity are everywhere. I don’t judge or get involved until I fully know the particular situation. 

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