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    The people I know with outside dogs usually give them access to a large garage where they have a very comfortable bed set up. They also spend a lot of time walking and playing with their dogs. One of the family has an allergy which is why the dogs dont come inside. I personally would not like to have outside dogs but it can work if you are a responsible owner and invest the time into enjoying and spending time with the dog. The worst would be if you just forget the dog in the backyard and do not include it in daily activities with you.

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    I think it does take more of an effort to keep outside dogs happy? If they're inside, things like snuggling up to you while you watch TV or watching you prepare dinner are regarded as great entertainment by most dogs and obviously take FA effort from the owner. While you have to be a bit more organised and determined to make sure an outside dog gets the attention and stimulation they need. Training also requires more planning . With inside dogs there are just more opportunities to encourage good manners without having to plan dedicated training sessions. All these things for me totally make the annoyances of having inside dogs worth it. Because there obviously are downsides like having to vacuum way more often, wash bedding more often if you allow them on the bed, toilet training, having them raid the bin or steal stuff off the bench, having then chew your shoes, etc. The only one I still have to deal with with Banjo is the first 2 but she gave me lots if extra work with the other stuff when she was younger. But she never dug holes in the garden (except to bury bones), barely ever barks, never destroyed plants and has never tried to escape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I think it does take more of an effort to keep outside dogs happy?
    It depends on the owners lifestyle i think. I am very much an outdoor person, i much rather being outside than inside so its very easy for me to spend heaps of time outside with my dogs. And with Kongs and other toys/enrichment the dogs can be occupied while i'm not around as well. My dogs do not bark from bordem, they have never tried to escape, they do not get destructive out of bordem or dig holes in the garden or anything, they are very well behaved and very much part of my family But for people who don't enjoy spending time outside then yes, having an outside dog would be a real inconvenience to them.

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    It gets way too cold in winter here to spend much time outside before and after work. And currently it's too stinking hot, so we're both inside in front of the fan. :-) So climate should play a role in the decision too, I reckon.

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    I dont Understand why you would want to get a dog just to keep it outside they are a pack animal they like to be part of your family if you dont want the issue of hair or smell or destruction that you get with puppies as the are teething , here is an idea. Dont get a dog !

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    Tori, I feel it is inappropriate of you to post this comment. Firstly, this thread is from January so the dog has either already spent it's nights outside and is fine, or it is now inside. Secondly, the OP (original poster) requested that people not question his reason for having a dog outside. Thirdly, many dogs lead perfectly happy lives in the backyard. They did not say the dog would remain outside 24/7 but that it would be sleeping outside.

    If you have a study that shows a dog sleeping outside has negative effects to its emotional and physical wellbeing then I'm all ears (or eyes rather) but if that is your contribution to this thread then perhaps reconsider feelings of others before posting in such an emotionally aggressive way.

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    Does anyone remember what it was like to be young and know everything? Hey Tori?

    So there are plenty of dogs that are outside always. Eg Maremma and other livestock guardians. And most sled dogs that live where the snow is also spend most of their lives outside. Even our farm herding dogs. I tried to persuade my farming cousins that dog runs (big cages) would be less cruel than long chains but they didn't agree. Maybe they will one day - who knows.

    I don't think there is much harm done given the Opening Poster (OP) hasn't been back since January - but to prevent this from turning into a slanging match - I will close the thread. I think Tori's post says more about her than it does about the OP.

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