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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    There's a difference between keeping your dogs outside during the day when you're gone (at work, etc) and keeping them outside 24/7.

    Given the choice, if I had the set-up, I would love for these guys to be able to have safe in/out access during the day (inside at night). However, I don't. I have someone that comes in during the day to let them out, stretch their legs etc. but they are for all intents and purposes, inside dogs.

    Dogs should not be isolated, it's not in their nature to be alone.

    I understand the 'working/hunting dog' school of thought, but a basic pet, No.!
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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    Quote Originally Posted by dbarrett5381 View Post
    The reason it can't be in the house is because my parents don't want a dog in there house. They think it will ruin everything and there will be hair all over and nothing I say will change there mind. I don't get why everyone is saying that dogs don't like to be outside. My last dog was happy and she lived outside for 14 years.
    It sounds like you don't have a choice, but just for the record, I'm sorry for your loss but my inside Labrador lived to 17-1/2, so assuming all things being equal, you might have had another 3 years with yours if she'd been inside.

    Inside dogs are less likely to develop arthritis, and if they do, it's easier on them to be inside and not be laying on the cold ground. Inside dogs are better socialized and behave better because they receive more reminders about how to behave. Inside dogs are better burglar alarms.

    But again, you have to follow your parents rules. Depending on your age, maybe when you move to your own place, you can take the dog with you and have it inside?
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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    Quote Originally Posted by DogAdvocat View Post
    It sounds like you don't have a choice,
    There's almost always a choice, but sometimes it's between the lessor of two evils.

    When I was first married, my wife was dangerously allergic to dogs. A couple of hours around a dog would send her to the hospital.

    A friend who does German shepherd rescue in our area ended up with a really nice Golden. I fell in love with the dog and asked my friend, though I already knew the answer, if she thought it would be possible to keep a dog like that happy outside.

    She said no and I went 17 years without a dog before my wife was able to be around them.

    If I can wait 17 years, I think anyone can wait until they are in the situation where they can really take care of a dog.

    Quote Originally Posted by dbarrett5381 View Post
    my other dog managed for 14 years.
    Nobody should have to just manage for 14 years.
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    RonE: What I meant about there not being a choice is that this is a kid whose parents have decided to get a dog but insist on it being outside, and won't listen to him/her about bringing it in. In a situation like that, a kid really doesn't have any choices about where the dog lives.

    Fortunately s/he can still make the dog's life as pleasant as possible though, giving it lots of attention, training it, making sure it's properly fed and has warm and dry bedding in winter, and the ability to cool off in the summer. And they can also make plans for bringing a dog inside the home when s/he has a home of his/her own.
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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    I will toss my 2 cents on this- .. Prior to a few years back, I worked also. I made sure my dogs were in a safe area of the house for their age and activity etc, and it worked out fine.
    I do not believe the original question was about working- but whether a indoor dog could adjust to being outside.
    My dogs- when I am gone, are comfortable in the house.. Also a dog left outdoors IMO are dirtier dogs.. If you want the house clean, keep the dog inside. Remember- a dog left outside will grow more coat, ( ie more hair), and whether you put a bed or not ( required btw by law in most states if not all), I have never found anything but that a outside dog- as stated is usually alot dirtier than a "house dog".

    I know this is a touchy subject, but I have not really found keeping dogs outside saves any work- as a matter of fact- a dog left outside- when they do come in are dirter if from nothing else playing around in the dirt all day. I could NEVER leave a dog outside without attendance here for wildlife, or even if "kidnapped", getting out of the containment or fence- gone for hours by the time you get home --or getting injured with no one there to help.. People say " well a dog could get injured in the house if left by themselves- " but hint the reason if nothing else to have a puppy/dog safe area.
    ( ** and last note- has anyone else noticed lately on forums that there is a running series of the question starting as " would a indoor dog adapt to outside" ONLY to turn into a arguement of to work/ or not to work and have a dog.. hmmmm *)

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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    I am noticing a tendency to ask for opinions from a bunch of dog lovers and then getting defensive when the opinions are not the ones the OP had hoped for.

    I'm sure there's another forum that would return more positive responses - maybe dogsarelivestock.com.

    Not everyone, no matter how much they'd love to have a dog, is in a position to take care of one.

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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    I agree Ron.. Now let me add- I worked at night for 10 years- .. That was hard but I did it because my dogs were not left alone, always someone home ( the rest of the family at night- me during the day..). Was it hard working at night? YOU betcha.. but my dogs were worth it...
    And at the risk of zooming off topic here- its like when people post "what breed is the best pet?" type subjects. I want to help- but like my breed, although perfect for us, would not be for someone else..
    On this topic of indoor/to outdoor dog- my gut reaction was- do not get a dog now, but go pet the neighbors dog ... And I am NOT BEING sarcastic- .. It would solve the situation- they could see a dog when they want too, but leave the care to someone else.. I use to have a neighbor that did that.. lol. The kids would come see my dogs, then go back home because one of the parents did not want to take of a dog. The kids were happy, my dogs were thrilled to have visitors, and the parent was happy.. lol..

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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    I really want to stay away from this thread.
    But...
    To the OP.
    can you perhaps look for a dog who is accustomed to these conditions? I dont think its very fair to a indoor dog to be banished to the great outdoors 24/7.
    I know of many MANY farms and or country homes ( I know this isnt the topic at hand) with perfectly well mannered outdoor dogs whom i may add are in great condition.
    While I personally dont agree with this concept of leaving your dogs outside indefinately, some people do. And thats the way the world works. Difference of opinion. In the end "IMO" its the quality of care, amount of time spent working or playing with the dog, and giving the most amount of love you can possibly give your dog that matters.

    So to give my 2 cents on the origional question, NO, I dont recommend getting a previous indoor dog in your situation. Perhaps wait a while, is a good suggestion.


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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    Quote Originally Posted by dbarrett5381 View Post
    I had a Black Lab named Saidie for 14 years. Sadly two weeks ago we had to have her put to sleep. Saidie lived outside her whole life and at night we would bring her in the garage to sleep. Now that we are looking to adopt a dog it seems that 95% of them are inside dogs. I found a two year old chocolate lab today that I fell in love with, but I was wondering how well she would adapt to being an outside dog. She would have a dog house with a bed in it and it is underneath the awning of our patio to keep the rain and snow out. We wouldn't keep it chained up, it would have the whole back yard to run in (1/4 acre). Are dogs able to adapt to this?
    Some thrive outside some don't. Some don't care if they get a lot of attention. All depends on the individual dog.

    I leave mine outside when I'm gone because its generally healthier for them physically and mentally. Unless its just too stinking hot. lol

    Leaving a dog outside the majority of the time wouldn't be my first choice but its better than it having to live its life in a shelter. If you do this hopefully you can spend a lot of time with the dog even it its just sitting with you.

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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    Quote Originally Posted by dbarrett5381 View Post
    So I guess no one else on this forum has a job that they have to go to everyday. That would sure be nice to have enough money that I could stay home all day and play with my dog. So am I correct in assuming that no one else that has a dog has to go to work?
    Actually I do have a job, I work 4 dys. a wk. Ella goes to doggy daycare where she has human(and other dog) interaction all day and then goes home with me to be inside with me and my boys ( well, when we're not going for walks or out going potty). If you don't have the ability to spend time with your dog and to make proper arrangements for it when you can't be physically present why have it? Our dog is a part of our family, no family member in our home spends all their time outside ostracized.

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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    ( uh am I missing something here? The OP has not been back for two pages..)

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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    I rescued my dog who was an outdoor dog previously. I tried to have him sleep inside for the first few days and he didnt want to. He scratched at the door, cried and wanted to go outside. I ended up getting him a bed and using the outside laundry as his room. We got a built in doggy door and we keep his food and water in that room with his bed, it has become his bedroom. When we are home (Im a uni student so usually I am home most of the day and my brother is home every night) Scooby is inside with us on his favourite couch, however once we go to bed he goes to bed in his room. If we are out Scooby would be really un happy inside alone as he isnt used to it, he prefers to be in his back garden chasing birds and chewing his toys. He actually gets excited to go outside and is waiting for me at the gate when I return. I dont think its right to say it is only right to have a dog indoors all the time. As long as the dog is happy, fed well, given love and attention, taken on walks and spends a lot of his time inside with the family I think that is what they need. All dogs are different you cant say all dogs should always be indoor dogs as I can say without a doubt that my dog would go crazy left inside all day while we were out, he loves playing outside. My other dog, Jessie has always slept inside on my bed (until I moved out and wasnt allowed to take her with me) however she also was put outside from 8 - 5 while the whole family was at work/school until someone got home and let her in. She is now 10 and is very healthy, looks and acts like she is still a pup (everyone thats meets her is always surprised that she isnt a pup, for real) and she also enjoys going outside, she waits at the back door every morning to be let out when she senses we are leaving. Anyway I just think its wrong to assume there is only one way to do things.
    I do however agree with everyone that the operator should not expect an indoor dog to adapt to outdoors just as my dog didnt want to adapt to indoor living after being an outdoor dog for 3 years.

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    I am going to defend myself so that people don't think I am this "Dog Hating Low life" or something. I loved my dog more than anything and would spend at leat 2 hours or more per day playing with her and taking her to the park and swimming and fishing. My dog WAS NOT outside 24/7 it was only outside during the day. At night it would come inside. Outside I have a dog house along with a doggy bed that is right under a huge awning to keep it shaded. The dog house has a doggy door on the front to keep the wind out. The dog had the WHOLE backyard (.25 acres) to run if it so pleased. I DID NOT KEEP IT CHAINED UP ALL DAY! At night the dog comes inside and sleeps on its doggy bed. During the winter if it was really cold, we would keep it inside most of the day. My dog was never mean towards other people and loved little kids. I in no way neglected my dog like you all are describing. Thanks for the advice.

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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    I am sorry- but 2 hours a day??? Please just like walk a neighbors dog.. 2 hours a day??? Thats barely feeding mine and a walk after each...

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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    A moderator can just close this thread, because no matter what I say, It will not be good enough for you "holier than thou" perfect dog lovers. My question has been answered in another forum with people that did not flame me for situations that are beyond my control. It was not the answer I was looking for but I was not treated like scum. Thanks everyone and have a nice weekend.

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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    It would seem that after 32 posts, the story has changed - unless you're thinking that the garage is "inside."

    Can you blame us for being confused? We can only offer opinions based on the story as it's presented.

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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    Sorry, but I don't think 2 hours a day is sufficient time spent with your dog. Why do you keep referring to your dog as it??? Didn't she have a name?

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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    Quote Originally Posted by dbarrett5381 View Post
    The reason it can't be in the house is because my parents don't want a dog in there house. They think it will ruin everything and there will be hair all over and nothing I say will change there mind. I don't get why everyone is saying that dogs don't like to be outside. My last dog was happy and she lived outside for 14 years.
    Quote Originally Posted by dbarrett5381 View Post
    I guess I just don't see the difference of the dog being inside or outside. I am gone from 9 to 6 everyday and then at night I am mostly outside anyway. If the dog is in the house he will be alone all day, if he is outside he will be alone all day. He would have plenty of places to stay out of the weather, my other dog managed for 14 years. At night he would be in the garage on his doggy bed. So I don't really see what the big deal is........sheesh
    Quote Originally Posted by dbarrett5381 View Post
    I am going to defend myself so that people don't think I am this "Dog Hating Low life" or something. I loved my dog more than anything and would spend at leat 2 hours or more per day playing with her and taking her to the park and swimming and fishing. My dog WAS NOT outside 24/7 it was only outside during the day. At night it would come inside. Outside I have a dog house along with a doggy bed that is right under a huge awning to keep it shaded. The dog house has a doggy door on the front to keep the wind out. The dog had the WHOLE backyard (.25 acres) to run if it so pleased. I DID NOT KEEP IT CHAINED UP ALL DAY! At night the dog comes inside and sleeps on its doggy bed. During the winter if it was really cold, we would keep it inside most of the day. My dog was never mean towards other people and loved little kids. I in no way neglected my dog like you all are describing. Thanks for the advice.
    Hopefully RonE will not ban me for quote abuse, but you have seriously contradicted yourself.
    First off, we never said you were a dog hating low-life, nor did you chain up your dog. The fact that you came to this forum to ask if an indoor dog could adapt to outdoor life shows that you care somewhat. Here's what's puzzling me now...you said that you parents were opposed to having the dog inside and now in your most recent post the dog was allowed in at night or in extreme weather, so which is it?

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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    I am referring to the garage as inside. our garage has heating and air conditioning going into it along with outdoor carpet and it is sheetrocked and painted it is no different than anyother room in our house other than the garage door that is attached to it. that is what I am referring to as inside. sorry for the confusion. My dog's name was Sadie the reason I have not referred to it is because I start crying everytime I mention her name. That is the only place that my parents will let my dog be, well she also walks through the laundry room when I take her outside. She was outside every day from 8:30 a.m until about 9:00 at night. This was my first dog. I was not aware that I am the only person in this world that had a dog outside. I thought It was commonplace because that is how I was raised an knew no different. That is why I was asking the question. I obviously have opened a can of worms which unfortunately has discouraged me from coming to this forum in the future with questions. I thought people would have been a little nicer seeing that my best friend just died.

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    Re: How well would an inside dog adapt to living outside?

    Quote Originally Posted by dbarrett5381 View Post
    A moderator can just close this thread, because no matter what I say, It will not be good enough for you "holier than thou" perfect dog lovers. My question has been answered in another forum with people that did not flame me for situations that are beyond my control. It was not the answer I was looking for but I was not treated like scum. Thanks everyone and have a nice weekend.
    Oh I get it. The other forum gave you answers you wanted to hear.

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