I just wanted to vent about something. I have a "friend" that has three dogs. Two are allowed to live inside, are spayed and neutered, and well fed. They aren't fed quality food, but have a fairly good life. Their other dog is forced to live in a pen outside with, with a bowl of dirty water, a wood rot dog house, and a tin shade. The poor thing isn't neutered, dirty, and is loosing his fur. They say he has to live outside because he doesn't get along with the other dogs. I don't understand why they just wont rehome him. There are so many people that would like a nice house dog. With a bit of training and patience he could easily become a wonderful inside companion. I feel so bad for him. His name is Lucky, but he is anything but!
I honestly believe that ALL dogs should be indoor dogs. I mean, dogs are pack animals, and they suffer when they are alone outside. They depend on us for love and protection. Anyone who really loves their dog will keep it indoors, take him for walks, and make the animal part of their family. People who keep their dogs outside don't need to have dogs! There are so many stories of dogs forced to live oustide that are stolen, beaten, or poisoned. They suffer from stress and loneliness too. In summer they can suffer heatstroke or dehydration, and in winter the can suffer frostbite and hypothermia.
Chaining dogs is also very cruel. There is a reason why so many people have banned chaining. Chained dogs kill almost twice as many children as firearms do. I wish people would just get it through their head! Sorry, just had to vent.
I agree with you on outdoor dogs. Dogs that are kept outside the way you describe are nothing more than miserable, expensive lawn ornaments. No dog should live this way. Why not rotate the dogs. The dogs can take turns being loose in the house, in a crate and spending a few hours outside. Neutering could possibly reduce the aggression problems as well.
too bad they chose that situation as a solution to the problem. though there should be a distinction made in your post between keeping "pet" dogs outdoors and "working" dogs outdoors. working dogs would have a very difficult time doing their job from your couch, not to mention they would also be miserable.
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"I honestly believe that ALL dogs should be indoor dogs. I mean, dogs are pack animals, and they suffer when they are alone outside. They depend on us for love and protection. Anyone who really loves their dog will keep it indoors, take him for walks, and make the animal part of their family. People who keep their dogs outside don't need to have dogs!"
I have to disagree with you about 99% here. The whole post sounds like something out of PETA's propaganda. Many dogs suffer when kept indoors from feeling closed in, separation anxiety if left alone indoors or simply being too warm. People who really love their dogs take care of them in a manner that is best for that particular dog, not simply keeping it indoors because they feel on some emotional level it should be there. "Pack animals" in nature are not joined at the hip or in constant sight of each other. They range about naturally and can keep in contact over distances. The only things I agree about are that they are, in fact pack animals so they do need to socialize wih their humans every day - but not 24/7 and IF kept indoors or confined they do need to be exercised.
I have bit my tongue all morning, but the more of your posts that I see, the more I realize that you just dont understand, period.
First let me say that in your entire lengthy post you took soo much time to type out, is nothing but repeats. You say the same thing over and over.
Second, you state that it's a fact dogs need to be indoors. Where's your proof. You say this, but yet do not back it up.
I completely disagree with you. Not ALL dogs NEED to be indoors all the time. Now, don't get me wrong. If you own a small or toy breed, then yes, they do. But then again, someone that buys a small dog (chi, poodle, cocker, pug,,etc) should know this already. The heat and/or cold will not be the best for them.
That being said.. I am owned by 4 American Pit Bull Terriers, 1 Rottweiler, and a pure bred mutt. (he has a little of everything in him) My dogs do not stay inside all the time. We rotate them. When they are not inside the house by our side, they are outside in a kennel. Now, before you freak out. The kennels are 10' X 13', raised off the ground 1', decked w/treated plywood, roofed, etc.. The dogs are exercised on a daily basis, given fresh water daily, food daily, and baths as well. They are out running with us in the back yard for about 2 hours a day. This includes playing ball, getting lovin', playing tag, or whatever their fancy is at that time. We are out there with them the entire time playing. My kids actually spend more time outside than in during summer, and the dogs are with them in the yard. The are given monthly heartworm treatment as well as flea control to take care of those pesky parasites you say that all outside dogs have. Any dog can become victim to a virus,,but yet you seem to think that only outside dogs are.
Do you walk your dogs or carry them? Well, if they walk on a leash, they can possibly contact a virus, worms, or heck, even be attacked by another dog while on the leash. hmmmm, ever think of that?
Dogs need to run, confining them to the house is cruel. I think you need to do alot more research, and especially on different breeds. But hey, what do I know. According to you, I am an irresponsible owner by having outside dogs. I think you need to focus all your energy on the poor animals that ARE abused, burned, neglected, killed, etc by other "irresponsible owners" and leave us responsible owners out of your ranting.
Hope you have a great weekend.
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[b]HorseMom, where is it a written fact that dogs should live indoors? I find it ironic that you have been babbling on about cruelty to animals, and yet you openly admit that you have a friend with a filthy flea and tick infested dog. What the hell stopped you from going over there, since you know this person, and cleaning that dog up, taking some medication to repel parasites, and worm him? You make a lot of noise about everyone else and their nasty lack of care of their pets, but when you get the chance to do something, you remain complacent, like most of the population. Put your money where your mouth is, and treat that dog, and ask your friend if you could have him. Since you live in the middle of agriculture central, you must know people with Red and Blue Heelers, and Border Collies. How many of them live exclusively in the house? None of them. I breed Boston terriers, and if you knew an iota of what you think you do, you'd know that they are brachycephalic. They are also short haired, with little fur on their undersides, and small unprotected feet. In the summer you have to make sure they don't play too hard, because they can literally drop dead in the heat. In the winter, when it's -40, it's all I can do to make them go out and potty, even though we have constucted a sheltered area, with peat moss over gravel for them. They all sleep with various members of the family, 4 or 5 of them insist on sleeping with me. Their favourite thing to do is to go running and beebling around in the local ball field and surrounding fields, hoping in vain to snag a gopher. If I were you, I'd start reading, taking a look around, and more importantly perhaps, know what you're talking about before you come on here and condescendingly treat the members here like 2 year olds, who know nothing. Anyone can regurgitate material that is readily available on the internet. It takes a slightly more intelligent being to gather his thoughts, and write them down in an equally intelligent fashion.
You guys are preaching to the choir when responding to HorseMama. Everything she posts is copied and pasted from someone elses site. She does not seem to have any kind of mind of her own. Probably, the reason behind her copy and paste board spamming frenzy last night. She couldnt find her way back home, to the rock she crawled out from under..........
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Well it appears my first impression of the op was correct. Looking over the person's other posts it appears obvious we have a PETA troll. I don't care who disagrees with me, the op sounds like someone who doesn't know anything about dogs except what PETA says and doesn't have an original thought in his/her head since all his/her posts appear to have been plagiarized.
I agree with arachyd and jackie17. I have dogs that stay outside and I bring them indoors as well. My dogs had actually rather be outside than indoors. They are so confined when they are in my home and panting the whole time. I open the door and they are pulling me back to their kennels. They are huge kennels that have a lot of room for running and playing. They love to play together. They also have fresh drinking water daily, fed fresh food daily, played with daily, groomed regularly, up to date on all of their shots and heartworm testing. Everything that an indoor dog gets, my outside dogs get. Oh, and all of my dogs do get flea and tick control on them every month and I will say none of my dogs have ever had ticks or fleas and that is no joke! I have friends who keep their dogs inside and their dogs have fleas and ticks and the fleas have over run their home. You go in and the fleas start jumping on your legs from their carpet. They use flea topicals as well, but they can't seem to find anything that will help. Their dogs have also had parasites as well. It is like what jackie17 and arachyd said, you would have to tote your dog around everywhere to prevent anything from happening to him/her. So it is not just outside dogs, it is indoor dogs as well, that are subject to catch just as much. You can't prevent everything unless you carry them everywhere.
My GSP spent 90 percent of her time outdoors. She got bored in the house pretty quickly so her indoor time was mostly spent sleeping in her crate at night when the weather was chilly. I believe she was content with her living arrangements and so was I.