Many potential adopters ask "Is this an 'Outside' dog?" Our answer is, "Not anymore." We attempt to place dogs with people who understand the need of a dog to be a part of the family. Even thousands of years ago when man and all animals lived "outside", there was a cave or den for shelter, and man and dogs lived in small groups or "packs". The truth is, times have changed but we and the dogs haven't. Both humans and dogs are "pack" animals, we do not tend to be solitary. Domesticated, companion dogs no longer have packs of other dogs to live with, so dogs now need to be members of human families or packs. Furthermore, both people and dogs are "den" animals. This is the reason that dogs can be housebroken. Dogs want shelter in a safe, secure den - your home - and they want their den to be clean.
Obviously dogs can be forced to live outside, alone and away from their families. But to force this kind of life on a dog is one of the worst things you can do to him. Such a life goes against a dog's two most basic instincts: the pack and the den. If you have any doubts about these ideas, think of all the whining, barking, clawing dogs you have seen tied up alone outside. Dogs trying desperately to get their human families' attention, and then just giving up to become hyperactive, listless, fearful, or vicious when the stress of enforced solitude becomes too much to cope with.
The rationale given by people who permanently keep their dogs outside is that they will spend time with the pet outside. Even the most well-meaning pet owner does not spend significant time outside, particularly when it is raining or cold. Consequently, under the best of circumstances for the outside dog, a bowl of food and water hastily shoved before him, a quick pat given, and his owner, his WORLD is gone, leaving the animal to spend another 22 or 23 hours alone.
A dog brings you the gifts of steadfast devotion, abiding love, and joyful companionship. Unless you can responsibly accept a dog's offer of these great gifts, please do not get a dog. If you already have a dog, perhaps this article will help you to see things from his point of view, and possibly motivate you to change your relationship with him. A sad, lonely, bewildered dog, kept outside, wondering why he cannot be with his family, brings only sadness and unhappiness to the world.
"An outside dog has an address, not a home. Bring your dog inside!"
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 4/18/2006 11:45:50 PM*** Reason: edit
Ahaha my dad wanted Rusty to stay outside in the summer nights cause here is San Diego the summer nights are in the high 70's....Does that count? Is it ok for me to leave him outside? In my house we dont have a cooler. I am just thinking whats best for him. The house might be in the mid 80's...so outside is definetly a cooler option.
Would this be cruel in your opinion? I just want opinions:) Thanks for sharing that interesting article
I don't believe in leaving dogs outside unattended period. People steal, kill, and do crazy things to dogs who don't have someone watching them. Not to mention they can get out and run away or hurt themselves and you'd never know it.
I do restrict my dogs access to the inside of my home at times. though at night they come in and sleep. Addie for example, I want her cry, whine and bark to be by me. So, when we finally do get together it will be on the field for work. this way i get the most excitement out of her. I also have 4 dogs. whom keep each other company. and they are thier family. So they are not alone. I think i get the context the article is getting to. I think that they mean well. but we euthanize 41,000 dogs a day. a dog that lives outside is better than a dead dog.
My guys spend nice weather outside by choice. They can wander in and out of the dog room and my office as they please, normally. Right now they are restricted a bit becuase of the litter, but its just a few weeks and then they can come trudging back in and out of the office as they please.
Ive always wondered why some one would get a puppy/dog and just keep him out side chained up. What kind of life is that? I feel so bad in the winters here in michigan, the news always has these "reminders" that the temps at night are 30 below zero to please bring your dogs inside for the night. Why would you have to remind some one to care for their dog? shouldnt that be common knowledge? Then they always have these commericals on about this dog tied up out side and these kids come over to visit their uncle and they say wheres the puppy at uncle so and so and he says he isnt a puppy any more hes outside and they show the dog chained up to a dog house . Very sad. I havent seen that commerical in years but i still remember it, its the truth tho isnt it? None of our dogs growing up were ever chained out side, and always slept in the house. MY mom even had these ducks my dad brought her home one day and those thngs were the best friend of our sheep dog shaggy, they all slept together. And my mom even had the ducks on the heated porch they didnt even stay outside in the winters. But its sad i do see alot of dogs chained up outside in the winters and its so cold out there what kind of life is that? And even in the summers when its so hot outside? Why would anyone get a dog that they didnt want in the house? I guess i was raised differnt. Even my rabbit i have lives in side and i would never put her out side in a cage. She lives in the house with the rest of us. SOme things i just dont understand i guess! But is is so sad .....
Icy, Riley chooses to spend his days outside when its nice out too. But hes a pain in my butt and barks at the door to come in over and over, he walks in, sees whats going on with us, then goes back out lol. But thats his choice. Im not forcing him to be kept outside. Is the point of the article.
Thanks for the article...I printed it and sent it to a few "outsiders"...all my guys live inside...during the day they have the choice to come and go as they please...yep even with air conditioning on here in mississippi their door to the yard is open...about 6 or so every night they come in as its mosquito time ....I have been asked many times because I have so many dogs why I would have them in the house because it makes so much extra work...My answer is ..." If I want something else to decorate my yard I'll plant another tree."
I am going to send this to my husbands parents. Not that it will help, but I will feel better lol!
They have a St. Bernard that lives outside like you all know, but probably didn't know what breed. They say because those dogs like cold weather they should live outside. They said because he is so big, and there is nothing wrong with it since the dog is nice and warm with all that fur and any big dog should live outiside. I told my husband what about a great dane or a mastiff? They don't have super thick fur, but they are big so they should live outside through cold cold winters? He said no I don't agree with it, but I never got to ask the parents. We are still not talking. I am still upset about the animal cruelty they do. I am sticking to my guns here!
So my question is what do you say to the people that say even after reading this article. That it does not pertain to them because their dog has nice warm fur and is supposed to live outside. How could I add in the fact that a great dane or mastiff or other big breeds do not have super thick fur, does that give them the right to leave them outside?
Oh next new thing. This is St. Bernard mix, not sure what it is mixed with. At one point they asked me if I wanted my GSD bred with it since they thought it would be fun to have puppies! UGH! They make me sick!
holiday, I have family that thinks the same way. And nothing you could say or do will convince them otherwise.
My one cousin has a german shorthair pointer. He is the best dog in the world, besides mine of course. They keep him outside in the backyard and in his pen. After I got Riley I had them come over to my house a few times to see how good Riley is in the house and how much he loves it. My cousin wants Bandit in the house but her husband won't allow it because "he smells". So she tried giving him baths and he still thinks dogs should be outside. Now the dog is 13 and has arthritis from sleeping on the dirt all his life... and FINALLY her husband allows him in the house. (YAY!)
The article may be true for some but not me. I dont think they should judge everyone in one big stereotype. Duke and Duchess are outside dogs so are my husbands Coonhounds. I dont feel sorry for them and I dont feel like thier quality of life is diminished one bit.They are happy ,healthy and great all around dogs with none of those crazy emotional problems I hear about when a dog is bored and left in a crate all day.( Not that I see anything wrong w/ a crate if used properly.)They get lots of attension and are never left outside to fend for them selves. Now Napoleon is a house dog. I purposely bought him for that reason and I dont treat any of them better than the other. But I'm not the typical urbanite either. If Nap had his little way he'd be out with Duchess all the time. He's got a hunting dog trapped in a toy poodle suit!LOL! So theres always the exception.
* Oh and I was accused one time on here of allways defending myself for keeping my dogs outside but let me assure you I have no reason to defend my self , I'm just letting you know that all out side dogs are NOT neglected and abused. Just sharing the proper way to keep an out door pet happy.
"Now the dog is 13 and has arthritis from sleeping on the dirt all his life..." Most 13 year old dogs have arthritis anyways so sleeping on the dirt may not be the fault.
***Edited By: duchess on 4/19/2006 9:10:59 AM*** Reason: add
The vet said it is. From the cold. He sleeps inside now and with some meds feels alot better and can run around.
I just don't see the point in having dogs if they're kept outside all the time. Why have them if you dont share your life with them? Not trying to put you down or anything, I just don't get it or agree.
I do spend time with them.Step outside your perfect bubble, Look at thier pictures and then look at all the pitbulls being abused, put to sleep in shelters and tell me mine arent better off. Do mine have aggression issues? Are mine attacking my children and unsafe around live stock or unpredictible? Mine arent roaming the streets, starving or a menace.I think no one needs to use me as the bad example of keeping dogs outside. theres a RIGHT and WRONG way to do things. So maybe go tell that to the person who leaves thier dogs on chains 24/7 but dont point your loaded barrel towards me. I'm just here to say you can have pets outside if your willing to provide the proper care. Not everyone does but their are exceptions.
Well duches maybe you take care of your outside dogs. For me though I think it is wrong maybe not for your dogs, but for the type I have a chihuahua and GSD it is wrong for me.
For my husbands family. The dog NEVER gets a bath (I asked) The dog only gets attention when they go throw table scraps at it after super to feed it! So I think it is wrong. I don't know if it gets cold by you, but here it gets really cold in the winter and if it was a dog with not so much fur it would freeze if it isn't already I don't know. One time they put the dog in the barn because it was really really cold which I am not sure how much that would help since the barn is not heated, but was probably better than outside. When you walk up to the dog it gets so excited to be touched. If your outside it barks non stop. I ask them if she ever comes off her chain and no she does not so she gets a nice circle to walk in and that is it. They just ignore her on nice days like the 4th of july when everyone is out eating outside and the dog barks away wanting attention. It is horrible. So I guess in this case (husbands family) It is wrong. In my case it is wrong, and honestly no matter how many dogs I had I would always give them the option to come in if they wanted, but that is how I feel. Maybe it is not right for everyone, but it is for me.
"Well duches maybe you take care of your outside dogs. For me though I think it is wrong maybe not for your dogs, but for the type I have a chihuahua and GSD it is wrong for me. " Oh I totally AGREE! I have aToy Poodle that I would never keep as an outside pet, same as my parakeets= They're not bred to be kept as such. Nor would I keep my Pitts out doors if I lived where it snowed. Great topic Riley because yes some people dont know how to keep pets properly. I saw a pom tied to a tree with a bucket for a dog house once and thats no way to treat any dog , much less one bred to be a lap dog.
dogs are social animals. they need companionship. i dont keep my dogs outside at all. even my very large gsd is an inside dog. he prefers to be inside and he chose it. if he wants out, he can go. there is a big difference between a dog being tied outside 24/7 , tied up at all for that matter, or a dog being able to have a fenced yard to run in. theres nothing wrong with them being outside in a fenced yard with another dog/s for companionship. small or large, it does not matter. no dog should be left outside 24/7 and ignored. nor should they be left outside at night. i, speaking for myself, could not sit with my family in the evening and socialize, knowing that my pet/s are outside and not being a part of it. knowing they are missing the interaction with the family. they are a part of my family and need to be included in it. not locked outside , alone. i love them. and because i love them, i want them with me. i dont live outside so my pets dont either.
I dont totally agree that dogs should live inside.I give my dogs the choice.The border collie and rttie never want to come in.I dont think they should be tied up or kenneled.But like when we move adn we have over 10 acres they will be spending most of their time outside.I will be out there most of the time anyway.i wouldnt ever leave them out there all the time with no attention.My dogs always choose to be outside for some reason. I think most dogs enjoy being outside.But I do think they should be able to come in sometimes.We have a gargage that they come in.They love it out their.It cool and clean and has furniture.I do liek that article though.
I think sometimes the rescue's and other guardian angels of the pets get a bit to crazy. I have seen plenty of dogs whom spend thier entire lives never seeing the inside of a house. whom have wonderful lives, lots of socializing and do just fine (and in the winter too). MY sister in law has three dogs whom live outside, all day every day. they are not these poor deprived dogs that never see anyone. come on, that it no way says how some one is going to treat an animal. my friend, has 10 dogs whom all cannot be in the house at once. some do not come in for weeks they roam the yard, play with the other dogs. and all are well adjusted, social dogs. Sometimes i wonder if the rescues have so many dogs because the rescues cannot let them go.
I also know many people who allow thier dogs in the house and never do a damn thing with them. just let them lie around all day. yell at them anytime the ask for affection. the dog might as well be left outside. but the idea of physically keeping the dog in the house makes them theyare "good dog owners" that is thier morality.
***Edited By: gunny on 4/21/2006 11:00:16 PM*** Reason: d