I appreciate your comments but you seem to think the any dog should be inside. I do want what is best for the dog too. If my wife or I am at home we are always outside, so when we are at home we will be with the dog and it won't be tied up and forgotten about. But when we are not at home I would think it would be happier outside not tied up....breathe the air and poop when it wants to......rather than cooped up inside where there is nothing for it to do but look out the windows.....not everyone can do this because they don't have the kind of space we do....but don't you think it would be better for the dog in this situation? I know I wouldn't want to be in the house all day. Would you agree ? Not tying to be argumentative, I just want you to understand that I am very rural. There are no parks towns or other people near.