We have two lhasa apsos and two bichon frises, all are inside dogs that go outside for play/potty breaks WITH US only. No doggie door, no tying them out, no outdoor kennel, they are outside only when supervised.
***Edited By: kristen on 8/31/2006 12:58:28 PM*** Reason: .
My Lhasa Apso and Yorkie have a doggie door so they can go in and out when they please, in the fenced part of the backyard. They usually choose to be inside, except for in the early evening when it starts to cool down and they'll stay out for a while to play and sniff.
One wirehaired fox terrier - Roxy Two miniature schnauzer's - Cooper & Tucker
All are inside. They go out in the fenced backyard to play & potty whenever they want to and have raised beds outside so they can just hang out and enjoy the fresh air. The minis are not left out if we are not home but Roxy sometimes stays out when we are gone as she is mature enough to not get into trouble (but only if the weather is nice). Often we leave the slider open so they can come & go as they please, but they mostly stay inside if given the choice.
Little defensive on the not keeping dogs in the house thing. Every one in my house sleeps with at LEAST 2 dogs. Puppies under 1 yr normally sleep in crates, and so does my Dozer (he took up marking things last year :(
No way could they live outside since all are escape artists if given the chance- I will NOT give them that chance to escape!
They are even supervised outside while playing/potty since I am not very comfortable with the neighbors grandchildren who love to shoot at things that move. This includes birds, rabbits whatever! They have BB guns BUT a BB gun could still hurt a dog pretty bad if hit in the right place! Not worth the chance.
Shih tzu-toy poodle mix....inside for the majority of the day...outside when he asks to go out (bark at the backdoor) in the fenced yard to play and do his business. He has the run of the yard and the house...lucky guy!