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Do you believe it is ok to the a dog outside all year?

  1. ashleysearching92 profile image61
    ashleysearching92posted 7 years ago

    Do you believe it is ok to the a dog outside all year?

  2. Tara Tufford profile image59
    Tara Tuffordposted 7 years ago

    Hello Ashley! I'm gonna answer your question with only my opinion of course. There will always be other factors that come into play when you have to decide whether or not it would be okay to leave the dog outside all the time. 
    What kind of dog is it? Is it hot where you live all the time? Is it cold where you live all the time? Are your neighbors close enough to you that it would pose a disturbance if the dog were to bark or whine?  Does the dog have a proper set-up to be outside? Does he/she have water and food available at all times? Is the dog aggressive, so that if someone would come into the back yard he would attack them? 
    In my personal opinion I believe it is cruel to keep a dog outside all the time.  I think people get a dog for companionship, and to keep them outside all the time would be neglectful.  I have 2 dogs.  A golden retriever, and a brand new lab puppy.  I also have kids, and so to keep the them outside all the time, away from the kids, would be torture to both!
    When it comes down to whether or not you decide to keep your dog outside all the time, I would just make sure that you take into consideration all the factors that I listed above to make sure the dog is most comfortable.  Good Luck!

  3. ashleysearching92 profile image61
    ashleysearching92posted 7 years ago

    Hi Tara.Thank you for your answer and your opinion.I was mainly look for some feed back since I seen people keeping a small chiuahua(sp) outside all the time. It really got to me being as they are such small animals.I personally have two toy fox terrier mix puppys so I keep them inside and keep sweaters on them when they are outside.But thank you again for your feed back and for being able to understand what i meant since I mis-worded the questions.Thank you!

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    4youreyesposted 7 years ago

    I personally think it's wrong to keep  dog outside all the time.If you are going to get a dog make sure you have  the time to teach it what it should know in order to join your family.
    i understand there are some breeds that don't make good house pets they belong on farms so that's were they should be not chained outside so some can say " I own a dog " I fell that way about any breed !! If you get a dog be responsible and teach them what they need to know you brought them home they didn't ask for a life an a chain outside alone.I live next to a dog like it's so sad to watch him pace on is chain and wait for attention ,food,and water that's if the owner has time.

  5. nifty@50 profile image75
    nifty@50posted 7 years ago

    No, there is weather not fit for man or beast! Even in places where the weather is fairly mild, consideration should be given to the fact that some dogs have very short coats and aren't suited for cold weather. No dog should be left in a driving rain with lightning flashing around, even if they have a dog house. No one that cares about an animal would do such a thing.

  6. Lyn.Stewart profile image71
    Lyn.Stewartposted 6 years ago

    I agree with what Tara says.
    I would also point out that if your dog is inside it can't be poisoned so someone uncouth can break into your home.
    A friends dog was sadly given poisoned food (thrown over the fence into the yard).
    This can't happen if your dog is an inside dog. I dont like seeing any dog left outside.

  7. allbreeds profile image58
    allbreedsposted 6 years ago

    I must disagree ...a dog is an animal ,just as is a cow a sheep a rat a lion.Why do they need to be inside?? Humans live inside not animals. As long as they have some sort of protection they are fine outside.As for putting a nice wooly jumper on them.Why?? They we meant to be outside why try to humanise them??.Dress them like humans,talk to them like humans,treat them like humans ....give me a break geeeez

  8. Suhail and my dog profile image89
    Suhail and my dogposted 6 years ago

    I love livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) for the simple reason they can stay outside with livestock in harshest of weather conditions. As for dogs that can live outside, check out the breeders how they keep their dogs. I would hate to see a breeder raising LGDs inside their home so as to remove all the genetic material to perform work outside. I don't understand the breeders who have taken dogs like Chessies and Swissies and turned them into soft inside dogs. However, one must carefully provide for dogs that can live outside (I don't think Chewawas, Yorkies, Havanese, Sealyhams, Maltese, Salukis, etc. qualify for living outside) and how they are going to cope with the elements. A nice all weather resistant shelter, clean drinking water, excellent quality high energy food, and constant human touch every now and then should be there. Even LGDs, Malamutes, Huskies, etc. should be constantly attended to for keeping the bonding with humans going. A problem with keeping dogs outside is that there is a greater probability of them getting forgotten. Conclusion: Many breeds of dogs can live outside provided they have been bred by breeders for living outside, but still need taking lot of care of.