OUTSIDE DOGS I'm familiar with hundreds of dog breeds, but what's an "outside dog?" Unless you're medically intolerant of it (and therefore can't take care of it in a medical emergency, so you shouldn't have it), making a dog stay outside is a costly waste. If it's for protection, what do you think I want to steal, your lawn? When you leave, do you put your valuables and your kids out in your yard? Just what is the dog "protecting" out there? Most dogs kept out cause far more nuisance complaints from barking and escaping than any deterrent to intrusion. Such complaints cause teasing, antagonism, release and poisoning. I lost count of the number of times I've heard: "NOW I know why I find so many rocks, sticks and cans in my yard! They're throwing them at my dog!" Or: "So that's why I've had to replace the padlock on the fence 17 times in the past year!" With your dog a helpless victim, it's no laughing matter. If I'm a crook and your dog is out, your fence protects ME, not your possessions or dog. If I just open the gate 9 out of 10 dogs will run off! I can safely shoot, stab, spear, poison, snare, strangle or dart it through the fence. You just lost your dog AND everything I steal! If it's tied and I keep out of its reach, it's useless. It'll bark, but outside dogs bark so much they're usually ignored. But let a dog hit the other side of a door or window I'm breaking into and I'm GONE! I can't hurt it until it can hurt me, and nothing you own is worth my arm. Deterrence is effective protection. Protection and aggression are not the same. Protection is defensive, reactive and often passive and threatens or injures no one. Aggression is active, harmful and offensive, threatens all and benefits none. Yard dogs often develop far more aggression than protectivity because everyone who passes by or enters has already violated the territory that dog has marked dozens of times a day for years. That's not protection, it's not desirable and it overlooks two facts of life today: 1) Property owners have implied social contracts with others in the community. Letter carriers, paper boys, delivery people, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, meter readers and others are allowed near and at times on your property without your specific permission. Sure that ten-year-old was not supposed to jump your fence after his ball, kite or Frisbee; but neither you nor your dog are allowed to cause him injury if he does. Imagine this: A neighbor looks into your yard or window and sees you, your wife or your child laying on the floor in a pool of blood. They call 9-1-1 and your dog prevents paramedics from assisting! Should they shoot your dog or just let you die? Great choice. 2) Even if the intruder is a felon, few places allow you or your dog to cause physical injury to prevent property loss. Convicted felons have sued the dog's owner from jail and won more in the suit than they could have stolen! Appalling but true. Don't believe your homeowners insurance will cover the loss. Now you see why many feel that an "outside dog" is a no-brainer. The more a dog is outdoors, the less behavioral control you have. It's easier to solve four or five indoor problems than just one outdoors. The reason is simple: The more you control the stimuli that reach the dog, the more you control its responses. You've got a lot more control over your living room than you do over your county! When it's bored but teased by every dog, cat, bird, squirrel, motorcycle, paperboy, airplane, firecracker, backfiring truck and rabbit in the county, OF COURSE it'll dig, chew and bark. Would you sit still all day every day? Do you want unnecessary medical and parasite fees, especially as the dog ages? When a dog is alone indoors you're still 30% there because your scent and things it associates with you constantly remind it of you and your training. When it's out, it's alone whether you're home or not. Do you expect it to keep YOU in mind while the entire world teases, distracts and stimulates it? The media are full of stories about family dogs saving everyone during a fire. How many people, including children, would be dead today if those dogs were kept out? SURE you always get up to investigate every time your yard dog barks. And I've got this bridge..... An outdoor dog has an address, not a home. Does your dog get so much mail that it needs its own address? A real value dogs offer is as companion animals. Do you live out in your yard? Whose company does your yard dog keep and protect? Stop behavior problems and start enjoying real protection and companionship. Bring your dogs in. Copyright 1993 Dennis Fetko, Ph.D. (858-485-7433, Fax 858-485-0651). The author authorizes this article to be copied, quoted or used however it will do the most good as long as proper credit is given
Now I agree with that for the most part, We have had a dog who had a problem with his lungs to where he overheated in the house. So we had no choice but to keep him outside or he would have seizures because he couldn't breath. We made him an air conditioned house and heated in the winter, he would lay in it with his head out so he stayed cool. But we played with him constantly and he never had any real behaviour problems. So, I guess there are exceptions to every rule. But great thread other than that!
"The more a dog is outdoors, the less behavioral control you have. " Unless you have a Siberian husky or other high energy Northern Breed that would eat your house if confined indoors, and would love to chase (and maybe eat) the kitty once it was through turning all your valuables into confetti. ~Seij
Seijun you are great lol. I know some one with one those, "High Energy Northern" breeds. Yeah he is outside, he likes to be outside. The weird thing is though he doesn't want to play either. He goes on two long walks a day and they kind of spend time with him. But he won't play with the kids, play with a ball, ect. He just like his "me" time outside. They always played with him and he came in some of the time, but he's better off outside and wants to be outside, he also lost interest in playing after sometime. Which I thought odd. He's a really cool looking dog though and loves attention. My outside dogs, have great temperaments and are perfectly socialized, but thats just my opinion (well...and the opinions of all the people who meet them and compliment on how well behaved and friendly they are). They don't have any added behavioral problems vs my inside dogs. So I don't really know what to say, because I have seen it first hand. A unsocialized outside dog with a bad temperament or very shy. A dog that is neglected and shows it. Its also crazy how some people "forget" to feed their dogs since they keep them outside. Whats the point of them having a dog again??? They don't walk it, play with it, bring it in ever, bathe it, take it to the park, train it, socialize it, forget to feed and walk it. There are 100s of dogs like this everywhere, and they're also the ones these people (irresponsible pet owners who dont care about their dogs) leave intact so they make more and more accidental litters of unwanted pups who will have the same fate.