I've seen a few posts that state this or that breed is an inside dog. I thought all breeds were inside dogs. If you are going to get a dog and keep it outside, why not save yourself some time and money and not get a dog at all. I think its horrible that people have dogs and keep them in a pen or in their backyard tied to a tree and the only time they have contact with the dog is when they feed it. My dogs are a part of my family and are kept indoors. Sorry - just a little vent.
All breeds should be both inside and outside dogs at the very least. However, it is true that some breeds of dog are more comfortable spending most of their time outdoors. Alaskan Malamutes, for example. While it is cruel to leave a dog outside tied up, how is it cruel to leave a dog mostly outside but bring it inside daily for contact and play time with the family? This is a cultural thing mroe than anything. For a long time, people have considered dogs more as .. say like farm animals, than household pets. How many of you have heard that only small dogs make good indoor dogs, large dogs should be kept outside? I know I have.
I definitely consider my dog a member of the family and is kept inside most of the time - especially since I left in an apartment. However, I do believe that dogs (like other living things) do need to get their sunlight. I don't oppose to leaving him out (in a friend's yard) for a day or afternoon, just to get some fresh air and expend some energy if I can't take him to the park.
I'm not saying that I don't leave my dogs outside to get exercise or sunlight. I just don't like the fact of seeing a dog tied to a tree or left in a yard 24/7. I understand that some dogs can be outside dogs but why would you want a dog if its kept outside all the time, what is the purpose.
My own opinion for what it is worth..... If someone wants to have a dog that lives outside 24/7; they should invest in a real life like statue of a dog. Dogs are pack animals, and are happiest when they live and sleep with the pack inside the house!
I myself feel that my two Malamutes not only r part of my family, but they r like my children. Therefore I treat them as such, but i don't go overboard with it like some people tend to do. I simply do what i feel is in there best interest. Malamutes prefer to spend most of there time outdoors. I have a fenced in back yard, and they have free riegn of it. But they also have their time indoors with us. But when they come indoors I turn down the heat a bit, so to keep them from getting too hot.
yes leaving a dog tied 24/7 is cruel to the dog. someone who does that doesn't need a dog. but, if u don't have a fenced yard and your dog needs time outdoors as well as indoors (more than just a walk) then it's ok to tie them for a few hours each day. just so long as they have a long enough chain or cable to give them plenty of room to get the exercise that they need.
I agree, growing up we had huskies which were either in a pen or chained to the tree. We had a chain link fenced backyard but they were grand escapees. We had many dogs growing up but the only dogs that stayed outside 99% of the day and all night were the huskies. The smaller dogs were indoors. The huskies weren't watch dogs or anything, we played w/ them etc. I really hate when people have them in the way back tied up, never see people, just like you said, just to get fed. They say they are "guarddogs/watchdogs" but what good do they do you way in the backyard tied up?? I'd feel more protected by the dog inside my house than guarding outside. But, thats why most people say they do it. :(
Some breeds must live inside and some breeds can live outside. All breeds can be inside dogs, but not all breeds have to live inside. I think people that make there dogs live outside shouldn't even have dogs. It is very sad that so many dogs are forced to live like this. I am going to keep my Labrador Retriever puppy inside when I get her. I think what you said is right!
I love my Saints---and they love me when I let them live outside. I live in Canada and right now the thermometer on the outside of the house says -33 and add the windchill to that it's -47. Our vehicles froze up today, water at the dugout for the horses is frozen too--my arms are getting stronger packing out these 5 gallon pails...the horses and cats have shelter, and the dogs are in the house now because of the temp...but this afternoon they were out romping around in the snow and the -30 weather with their tongues hanging down to their knees...and they seemed quite upset that I called them into the house. Our climate is such that 98% of the time it is an environment that they can handle...but when water is freezing within minutes outside...it's time to bring them in. They love to come in for lots of visits through out the day, and only go to their kennels at dark (if I try to put them to bed before that they play the "Catch me if you can" game). They have never been tied up to a tree, and they will never know what that must feel like (I know I'd hate it!!), they run free all day long. I guess what I'm trying to say is that every breed is different. Even when I turn the heat down...they still pant by the door and I let them out to romp until their heart is content. It would be cruel on my part if I kept them in the house as "inside dogs".
I have three husky's at the house that stay outside 99% of the time. We have a fenced in backyard and that is there territory (when we're not out there of course). We used to let them in to play but they just sit by the door to go back outside, they don't like it indoors. In the summer time they don't have a choice in the daytime as we live in Atlanta, they have to come in because of the heat, but during the winter, don't even think about trying to let them inside! Especially below 32F. They run around all day and don't seem to ever tire, walks, the park, nothin. okay, that was my $.02
When I was a kid it was normal to see dogs tied in backyards and not brought into the house.Things are getting better, some people are starting to relize that dogs are too social to lead solitary lives.One of my neighbours has a big hairy Russian breed?? they leave it out always, it never comes in. they don't beleieve a dog should or any animal for that matter be allowed in the house.They used to have a beagle and they did the same with it.Someone left a letter in their mail box about the dog being left outside in the winter.One day the father came by and asked if I new who the letter was from.I told him I didn't know but It wasn't fair to keep a dog outside like that.But if he insisted on a dog to get a dog that could stand the nasty winters we get in Canada.I also told him he should build at least a shelter to escape some of the harsh winds.So he actually built a big garage for the dog with a heat lamp.thank god!
WE HAVE 6 DOGS.TWO OF OUR DOGS LIVE OUTSIDE.ONE IS A INSIDE/OUTSIDE.AND THE OTHER THREE STAY IN.ONE OF OUR OUTSIDE DOGS WILL NOT EVEN COME INTO THE HOUSE.THE OTHER ONE WILL BUT AFTER ABOUT 10 MINUTES HE IS AS THE DOOR WANTING TO GO BACK OUT.LUR INSIDE/OUTSIDE STAYS OUTSIDE DURING THE DAY AND SLEEPS INSIDE AT NIGHT BUT COME DAY BREAK HE WHINES WANTING TO GO BACK OUTSIDE.WE HAVE A FENCED IN YARD SO THEY ARE NOT KEPT ON A CHAIN.THEY HAVE A KENNEL THAT HAS TARPS ON THE SIDES AND HAS A ROOF.THE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN,THEY ARE NEVER LOCKED IN IT.IT IS FULL OF BLANKETS AND STRAW.AND HAS 3 DOG HOUSES INSIDE.I AGREE THAT DOGS SHOULD BE KEPT INSIDE.BUT SOME DOGS DO PREFER TO BE OUTSIDE.OUR DOGS ARE CONSTANTLY PLAYED WITH AND SHOWED ATTENTION.THEY ARE NOT BARKERS(WHICH DOGS DO IF THEY ARE BORED),THEY ARENT ESCAPE ARTISTS THEY HAVE NEVER EVEN TRIED.
I would keep my dog inside. It is not necessary that the dog be outside all the time. What's the point of having a dog then? It generally depends on the breed, and its exercise level. Small dogs I think should be kept inside, while larger dogs should have a mixture of both. Larger dogs need more space , while little dogs can cope with a smaller space. Also, you have to keep in mind the weather, and whether or not you have a problem with shedding.
I don't believe in a dog being left outside 24/7. Especially for those that have only the one dog I think it is just plain unfair irrespective of whether that dog has a well-insulated kennel or whatever. If the dog truly starts panting when inside with the heating and all then I can understand that it may feel more comfortable being outside but I wonder what happens to huskies and malamutes in the summer months? I would really like to know if they are still left outside in the heat or allowed inside in the comfort of an air-conditioned house?