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Is It Ever Okay for a Dog to Live Outside? (Clue: No!)

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, pets, protection, dogs )

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I believe there's never a reason for this -- in fact, I think it's horrific. What about you?

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Teresa W (782)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 6:07 am
thank you

Arthur S (88)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 6:15 am

I used to have dogs outside when I was younger, but not with all of the Goofballs out there, I would rather my pup sleep inside while I sit outside to watch out! Bow Wow

Julie E (405)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 9:40 am
If the dog can't live in the house, then everyone move outside with the dog!

Patrick Donovan (344)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 10:09 am
I agree with Julie E.!

naomi cohen (55)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 10:20 am

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 11:34 am
In a cold country no way, noted thanks

paula eaton (30)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 11:40 am
No way would I leave my pet live outside. Anybody who leaves their pet outside is careless. I would have the so called owner live outside in the elements.

Missy G (24)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 11:50 am
Hell no

Tamara Hayes (185)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 11:55 am
Absolutely not. If you do not want the daily interaction that should occur when you have a dog, buy a fish.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 12:12 pm
I have indoor dogs but they have a doggy door to go in and out as they please. During the winter my siberian husky prefers to stay outside - that's HER choice. (doggy door)

And I agree with the most voted up comment on this article about working dogs. I also have a mutt that is mostly border collie. To have her stay inside most of the day would be torturous to her. She may not have an actual job but for her to not have ample time allowed to run and play in the backyard would be HORRIBLE.

She is my best friend and my sidekick. I take her for rides in the car to the pet store, take her hiking, walking around the neighborhood, etc. and she sleeps inside but I would NEVER confine her to stay in the house. I understand the point of it being inhumane to keep a pet outdoors at all times for it's health but many dogs PREFER being outside for long periods of time..... mine do as they wish with the doggy door.

I also knew a lab/retriever mutt that was pretty much the nomad of the neighborhood. Many people in the neighborhood took care of him, he preferred to roam around (note: I live in Alabama, out in the middle of nowhere) - he hated being locked in, even with access to our backyard. I would feed him, wash him up (he weighed well over 100lbs - I couldn't put him in the tub), pulls ticks off of him, etc... then he would go to another neighbor's to spend time there and come back a few days later.

*CONCLUSION* I think when answering this you have to consider several other things:
-the dog's personality

Suzanne L (99)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 12:19 pm
No, never, regardless of size, breed, personality, whatever. Going outside for a while is different from living outside.

michelle t (41)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 12:53 pm
My furkids live indoors but have access to afenced yard via their doggy door

Madhu Pillai (22)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 1:01 pm
Why have them, if they are to be banished outside the house!

Ruth M (235)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 1:17 pm
Definitely NO

Heather L (3)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 1:33 pm
I say yes. Try telling my Uncle's Newfoundland or my neighbour's Malamute that they have to live indoors. They can go into their houses whenever they want, but no matter the weather, they prefer to stay outdoors. They are both in large fenced in yards with doghouses, that neither have used and get lots of exercise and companionship from their guardians. Personally I would want my dog inside, so I wouldn't get a breed or mixed breed that prefers "outdoor living".

Tom Edgar (56)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 1:49 pm
We have an agreement He doesn't come in my home and I don't sleep in his kennel. Well actually I don't have a dog. Poultry yes but I stay off their perches too.

valda p (13)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 2:04 pm
Animals -especially -dogs are like humans -they need company ,why bother to have a dog if it is kept chained outside -miserable and lonely -you are not only depriving the dog -but also yourself of a wonderful -relationship they just want to- be loved and be a devoted companion.

. (0)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 2:13 pm
To live permanently outside? Absolutely not; not if you really love the dog. Dogs in this part of the world do not have the ability to always cope in below freezing temps. Even Huskies, in very bad snow storms, stay in igloos...

Carlene V (202)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 2:49 pm
No, absolutly not. Dogs all need a doggie door so they can make the decision to go outside and stay for a while or not they should never be forced to live outside, period!

Dianne D (490)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 3:02 pm
No!!! My neighbor kept her 2 pit bulls outside 24/7. The neighbor complained about the barking and her yard reeked because the owner seldom picked up the dog poop. Heartless people who keep their dogs and cats outside should not have animals. We need to make those breeding their animals to take responsibility and hope someday there will never be any more homeless pets so those that don't deserve an animal, can't get one.

Vera Taylor (46)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 3:09 pm
some animals prefer to live out side. I have 6 or 7 cats that totally refuse to come in. I think it depends on the animal. Huskeys in Alaska live out side 24-7 out side and love it.Humans equate thier feelings for the animals.

Vera Taylor (46)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 3:18 pm
Thank you Jessica Sutton for having a brain and useing it instead of going with the popular opinion. These are ANIMALS!! God made sure they are capable of handeling the weather they were born to. The problem is PEOPLE!! Theyhave to relocate animals from their natural habitat to suit their desires. Here is how it is.
Human = stupid not thinking.
GOD = gave the ability to survive.
ANIMAL = not to stupid to NOT take advantage of a good thing when they see it. Like sucking up food humans supply, soft bed to sleeep on. AND are happy to get the free handout people give. LOL!!!

Anne K (139)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 8:31 pm
My coworker has 5 dogs that are chained outside 24/7. She came to Texas from Mexico as a small child and began working as a a migrant at the age of 9. She is against spay/neuter, and can't afford vet care (uses home remedies). She tells me she loves her dogs, and that they protect her house. They are pit/rottweiler, according to her, except for the most recent addition, a sharpei that was living in an apartment until his forced relinquishment. The poor dog broke loose from his chain and was nearly killed by one of the other dogs! He was not taken to a vet, but fortunately, survived. Any advice?

Shawna S (45)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 9:17 pm
Dogs should not live outside. People should do their homework before becoming a pet companion.

jo M. (3)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 9:31 pm
When I was young all of our large dogs lived outside, but I think of my dog as family and prefer to let her in the house whenever she wants and keep her in at night. During the day she is free to run. I don't believe there is an absolute answer to the question, circumstances are different for each dog and family and I feel it is better for a dog to have a family than to demand that no dogs be kept outside.

Diane L (110)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 10:03 pm
Sorry, Cher, but I disagree. There ARE situations when dogs SHOULD live outside. It depends on the breed and the climate, obviously. Some breeds, specifically heavy coated breeds in the "Spitz" group, ie., Alaskan Malemutes, Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds, and especially in climates other than the Arctic should not be kept INDOORS, period. Those dogs PREFER being outside, actually. My daughter has Siberian Huskies and lives where there is now a foot of snow on the ground. The dogs will come in the house for a minute and immediately want right back OUT and will go nest in the snow where they are quite "at home".

My former neighbor and landlord had a mixed breed dog, primarily Newfoundland, Rottie and maybe a bit of Lab that lived 365 days a year outside and was quite content. He had a huge doghouse in which to seek shelter if he wanted it. Thing was, he didn't. He was NEVER inside that doghouse. He got fresh water, fed twice a day and attention. I've had Rough Collies and they also were NOT comfortable inside the house, especially in the summer and I don't live in a warm climate.

It can be just as inhumane and abusive to make heavy coated dogs be inside a heated home in some cases as making a short haired dog stay outside. Every circumstance needs to be addressed as it is.

Linda P (0)
Friday December 21, 2012, 1:56 am
NEVER, they are so sociable and like to be with family. We love having our dogs around us in the house and when we go out on the porch they go with us.

Sandi C (98)
Friday December 21, 2012, 8:18 am

SusanAWAY A (219)
Friday December 21, 2012, 9:43 am
I agree. It is never ok for a dog to live outside. I can't imagine why anyone gets a dog and then chains it up outside. It just makes me sick. It's horrible :( Shared

Ruth C (87)
Friday December 21, 2012, 12:33 pm
I donít want a dog in the house because they might dirty up the furniture.
Dogs belong outside. I know/knew plenty of people who have a dog outside and they are fine.
Dogs like being outside on their own. They came from wolves and wolves live outside.
I donít want my lawn or yard messed up so the dog will only have a certain area outside where he or she will stay often.
I donít want dog hair or the risk of allergies with having a dog in the house.
The dog will still be allowed inside sometimes but has to stay outside a lot.
A dog carries germs or disease and I donít want that risk to me or my family.

If you answer yes to any of these, THEN DON'T GET A DOG!!!!


Muriel Servaege (53)
Friday December 21, 2012, 1:07 pm
TY, Cher. I agree!

Ana Fontan (16)
Friday December 21, 2012, 2:09 pm
Noted. I always had my pet living inside with me, I would never ever let any domestic animal out there in the cold! Thanks Cher

M B (62)
Friday December 21, 2012, 3:16 pm
My dog stays indoors, exept for the walks. My cat can have it both ways.

Faye Swan (23)
Friday December 21, 2012, 3:46 pm
I could not have my girls outside but we have a friend who has a spaniel that she adores and takes everywhere on long walks. She is, very allergic to the dog she loves so he has a well insulated kennel outside and is very happy! It works for them.

Diane L (110)
Friday December 21, 2012, 9:25 pm
NO DOG, CAT, ETC, BELONGS OUTSIDE!!!................Ruth, you live in a LA LA LAND. I tell 'ya what, if I thought you had a Malemute, Siberian Husky, Keeshund, Samoyed or any other heavy coated dog and you kept it in your house, I'd call Animal Control and file a complaint about animal abuse, as that IS abusive unless you kept the A/C on constantly and even then it would be! Dogs for the most part like being outside, especially if their "people" are outside. Mine has tried to bite thru a doorknob to get outside if I am and leave her in! Dogs don't use a litter box, either, so how do you explain that one?

Arthur S (88)
Friday December 21, 2012, 10:46 pm
Had to jump down to say Julie's comment actually was RIGHT ON for me. Thank you SO VERY MUCH and all of you guys are truly a pet's champ. Gotta love you guys here for a Back-me-up deal with animals.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Friday December 21, 2012, 10:48 pm
all homeless in the world are in my prayers

jo M. (3)
Friday December 21, 2012, 10:59 pm
Diane, you are entirely correct. It's incredible to me that there are people who refuse to recognize that all dogs and all situations are not the same. So, Yes, it is perfectly acceptable for some dogs to live outside.

Diane L (110)
Friday December 21, 2012, 11:27 pm
Thanks, Jo. I have a GSD and she's a smooth coat, but still pants within minutes when she's in the house (a smooth coat, but still a DOUBLE coat!). I live in a very temperate climate, BTW. I think if somebody has a short-coated dog such as a Doxie, a Chihuahua and has to dress them in sweaters and coats to withstand the cold, that is abusive as well. Get a dog that suits your environment or don't get one, period.

Keizo Y (0)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 4:25 pm
I know many people treat animals like family members. In my opinion, whether having pets indoor or not, owners provide a good quality of life for their pets, giving lots of love, caring, and attentions. That means a pet has a sheltter that protects from hot and cold weather, nutritional foods, clean water, hygines, medical cars, enough living space for exseicing...think about having a new baby. I think thats common sence. I think depending on a owner's life style, culture, or wishes how a pet owner wants to reat a animals. I wish all family pets have good life. I mean they get lots of love, caring, attention form their owner.

Carol H (229)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 5:10 pm
no way!, they should be part of the family!!!!

Donna Hamilton (159)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 11:21 am
It's never ok!
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