Should your pet dogs live in or live out????

December 24, 2006 7:22am CST
ive always had dogs since i was a toddler and they have always lived in the house and only went out for the toilet and walks and i believe that this is how you should keep your pet, treat it like a family member. The thing is i have been with my boyfriend for 6 months now and his family have also got dogs and they all live out side in kennels and whenever they do come in the house they are out into cages, from wot i have seen they have never been treated like a family member never smoothed or made a fuss over, like i rekon they should be treated. What are your views on this? Much appreciated
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• United States
24 Dec 06
I agree with you and for myself I could never be involved with someone who didn't feel that same.. It makes me nuts how some people treat their pets. I personally have 8 dogs. 5 Lhasa Apso's 2 Lab Mixes and 1 English setter and while it is alot of housecleaning to keep it free of hair and smelling fresh and clean it's all worth it. My dogs are my children and are treated as such. Take this Christmas for instance. We dont have any money to exchange gifts but what little money we did have we have made stockings for each dog. Each gets a new cookie bone and a new plush squeekie toy. The people next door to me have 4 dogs and they keep them outside ALL the time in ALL kinds of weather. Thats animal cruelty to me and I wish something could be done too it.. Animals are innocent like new born babies. They depend on us for life. And always remember, if you ever come across a mean animal don't blame the animal, blame the person who raised them that way!
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@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
25 Dec 06
I understand your point, but if you have a large dog with a thick coat of fur, they can handle being outside. My parents have two australian shepherds. Very hairy dogs, and they are farm dogs. They aren't clean, so there is no way they could stay in the house, it would be disgusting. They have beds and they sleep under our carport, but bringing them inside would be out of the question. We're not treating them cruely, I don't believe. We treat them like our babies, but we can't bring big huge dirty dogs inside. Nor would they WANT to stay inside. When we brought them in during Hurricane Katrina, they were so ticked because they couldn't get up and go anywhere.
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• United States
25 Dec 06
My dog is large with thick hair. She's a Saint Bernard. There is no way MY child is going to stay outside. She lives inside the house, and I hate the excuse of people saying a dog is "too big" for the house. My dog is huge, yet she fits just fine in the house (And the bed!). If you think a dog is "too big" for your house, then maybe you shouldn't own a large or xlarge breed dog.
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29 Dec 06
thank you europe angel i do agree with you
• India
24 Dec 06
dear stanleyboy, based upon the variety of the dog, we in INDIA used to grow it whether inside or outside the home where we reside. But my opinion is that we should treat dogs as one of our family member. Dogs will be much happy if we spend more time with them to take them a walk or play ball along with our home kids.
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29 Dec 06
yes i deffinetley agree with you there, they are friends and family members
@kgwat70 (13390)
• United States
24 Dec 06
I would prefer having my dog live inside the house than outside the house. Of course, it does need to go out for walks so it can do its thing plus it does need exercise just like people need to exercise. I would feel safer if the dog lived inside. I do not have a fenced in yard to allow a dog to stay outdoors.
@marizu (156)
• Italy
24 Dec 06
Joe, my dog, lives usually in the house even if I live in Italy in a country where the weather is mild. he has his kennel outside but he spends part of his time in the house where he also sleep
@stikitz1 (83)
• United States
25 Dec 06
My dogs are my children. They have always been indoor dogs. They do use the bathroom outside, and have a doggy door for access. I would never leave them outside overnight. Where I live, it is okay to leave them out all night, if you have a doghouse, or shelter(roof over there head) for them from the elements. I don't know if this is the same everywhere. The only thing with your boyfriends dogs are, if they do start to bring them inside, they might not know to go back outside to use the bathroom. I take my dogs hiking a lot, and this helps them, as puppies, to get use to going to the bathroom outside. When they get use to it t, they won't feel right doing it inside the house. Of course, you still have to train them to run outside, and use the bathroom, but they will get it even more when they are out. It depends on the circumstances, everybody is different. I love my dogs with all my heart, and being. I would never leave them out.
• United States
24 Dec 06
I wasn't raised with dogs in the house and didn't think I would want to have any either, but now that I have a dog, it's a different story. My dogs stays in the house and even sleeps in the bed around my feet. I could never leave him outside and feel that most outside dogs get some degree of neglect, because they don't get the attention, companionship and love that they need.
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• United States
25 Dec 06
I don't believe they belong outside. If you want to keep them outside then do us all a favor and don't get pets. I hate seeing pets stuck outside in the freezing cold, tornados, etc. I've never kept any of my pets outside and I never will. It breaks my heart to see this 10ish year old Black Lab in my neighborhood outside. No one ever even goes out to play with him. I think that is abusive!
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29 Dec 06
i agree with you they should not stay outside
@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
25 Dec 06
I hate seeing dogs being tied up outside and left out all day and night every night. I used to have some neighbors that did this and that poor dog would be out all day in over 100 degree wheather or all night in negative zero wheather. The poor thing never had water or food out there! I just don't see the point of having a pet if you just post it outside and never spend time with it. Drives me crazy.
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29 Dec 06
so do i hate it them being outside and tied up, its so nasty
@shilpa28k (1737)
• India
29 Dec 06
Dogs should be kept in the home, not in a kennel. Outdoor dogs can be stolen, injured by pranksters, they get very lonely and will bark and annoy neighbors. They want to be with their people.
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29 Dec 06
yes i agree with you there alot, thanks for your input
@bogdyyyyy (380)
• Romania
25 Dec 06
my dog lives out because in the house it will make a lot of mess
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@samson17 (241)
• Romania
25 Dec 06
you are right ;)
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29 Dec 06
it would help if you trained your dog, thanks for your comment though
@utsadetti (4589)
• United States
25 Dec 06
live out. it smells bad!
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29 Dec 06
well looked after pets do not smell, thanks for your comment
@irallyn (42)
• Philippines
25 Dec 06
in our case our dog lives out.. but she has her own doghouse outside.. dogs should learn discipline
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29 Dec 06
yes dogs should learn discipline, but why not inside, thanks for your comment
• India
29 Dec 06
i beleive that dogs should be kept inside after all they are just like our family menbers.even they should be treated lik our family members.though through care should be taken to ensure that the doggie s clean enough!!take care
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30 Dec 06
yes i agree with you there, thanks for the comment
@rs_april (13)
• India
25 Dec 06
hi, what most people dont understand is that having a pet of any sort is a big resonsibility jus like having kids, but the fact is that the pets will adjust to any environment that u put them into as pups ,as we all know the famous discussion about nature versus nurture.. essentially they were wild... but i keep my poochie inside my house... she sleeps with me in my room..follows me around like a little lamb.. she is soooooooo cute..a lot of people ask me 'you are a doctor u must have some sense of cleanliness' but it is possible to maintain that if u properly groom ur dogs.. train them adequately.. n cages are really sad.. if u look at it a little differently its more of a psychological impact on the humans as v find it distastefull sometimes.. but.. i am against caging of any sorts.. it does a lot of damage to the mind... be it a dog a cat a monkey.. provide an environment for whatever pet u have.. train adequately.. if u can't DONT get a pet..buy a book instead!!
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29 Dec 06
i really really agree with you there, cages are a big no no, why have a pet if you put it in a cage, all the pet needs is training and love
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
24 Dec 06
If you have small children roaming about, then its a good idea for your dog to stay mostly outside til your child gets used to the dog/cat
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29 Dec 06
i agrees with you to keep your children away from them for a while until they are used to them, thank you.
@gabs8513 (48694)
• United Kingdom
24 Dec 06
My Baby - This is my little Baby and he lives indoors
I totally agree that they should live inside as you say they are part of the Family Mine have and are always inside and they get treated like Children I have a small dog and he is like my Baby to me
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29 Dec 06
hehe thanks for the pic its ver nice thanks
@GardenGerty (146353)
• United States
24 Dec 06
This does not look good for a long term relationship, because you approach things differently. I am not a dog person, I will say that upfront, but . . my sister found herself without a home, and went to live in an apartment with her daughter--no dogs. I have her dogs, which were overweight, spoiled, indoor dogs, with earmites and allergies, and infections. They live in a very sheltered pen in my backyard, with a very good doghouse. Heated water dish. They get fed lots, and treats. I walk them everyday. My sister and her daughter do nothing for them, not even buy food. No one comes to see them. I walk them everyday, but they will not come in my house, they are too large for housepets. There health has improved 100%, and they are attached to me, and I take them walking, and play with them. One of them bites, so she has to always be on a leash when we are walking. I will continue to take care of them because they are living things, but they live better outdoors.
29 Dec 06
thanks for your comment, its a shame wot happened to the dogs, its good that youve looked after them
• China
24 Dec 06
My dog stays in my house. When I go to bed, he will sleep under my bed. I treat him as my friend.as you know it is winter here, it is very cold outside. I do not want to see he feels cold.
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29 Dec 06
yes my dog also stays in my bedroom with me thanks
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
I have two dogs and they are always kept inside with the family, unless they go outside of their own accord (they hav a doggy door) to go the the toilet, take a walk outside, or when we take them out on a leash for a walk in the street. I agree that what is the point of having an animal if it is not treated like part of the family? What is the point of getting a dog if it's going to stay outside, neglected, in the bitter cold and boiling heat? I don't understand the logic sometimes.
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• Pakistan
24 Dec 06
well dogs are dogs not family members so they must be treated as pets not like family members...if i have a pet i will make a hpuse for it outside my house in garden...
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29 Dec 06
well i think dogs are family members, but thank you for ur response i appreciate it