hostess / papaya / 10219 posts
I also come from an area where all pets were outside pets. But here in Texas, I live in a city with very close neighbors and a small yard. We leave ours inside all day so he isn't a nuisance. Also it gets oppressively hot here so it doesn't seem fair to him.
That said, I see no problem with a dog staying outside all day if it is the right situation and they are used to it. They are an animal. I love ours, but he's not a person.
persimmon / 1086 posts
My dog is outside all day while we're at work. Why leave her in the house? It's boring, she can't get any exercise, and she'd have to hold her pee/poop for 9 hours or so. That seems cruel. She's in a fenced in yard and there's a doggie door so she has access to the garage where there's a bed and food/water bowls. Way better than being stuck in a house all day. We always left our dogs outside when I was little.
bananas / 9227 posts
We left the dogs outside when I was young. They had their doghouse out back and had access to the backyard. I thought it was normal. But I live abroad now and just found out that it's actually illegal to leave your dog for longer than 3 or 4 hours (more applicable in the city).
cantaloupe / 6634 posts
My dogs stay in the kitchen with a baby gate up. They have plenty of room, their toys, bed and food/water. Pretty sure they sleep the whole time. I would consider a dog run outside if they were bigger but the smallest is 5lbs.
blogger / pineapple / 12381 posts
Gus is such a little prince. He goes to work with my husband most days and when he doesn't it's because one of us is home or only gone for a short time. I think the longest he does in the crate is like two hours... But he's a voracious chewer so definitely the crate when he's alone.
Outside a mid sized raccoon or a bird of prey could take him on ;). In fact, a seagull could probably carry him away!
pomelo / 5241 posts
I don't have a dog but there are lots of outside all day dogs around my house and my parents' house. My parents live next to a very doting vet and she has her three dogs outside all day. I wish there weren't so many outside dogs from a noise perspective but it never struck me as neglectful or odd. Maybe it's more common in our California weather?
pomelo / 5607 posts
Definitely inside! But they're totally indoor dogs. The longest they go out alone is maybe 15 minutes, and even that's long enough they beg to come in. I would worry WAY too much, especially since they're small enough that a big hawk could get them! The older one stays on the back of the couch all day (based on how she is when we're home and where she is when we come back), and the younger one has a big crate.
(And really they're rarely home alone for any length of time, because I'm a housewife, but we would never, ever leave them outside alone for any length of time.)
grapefruit / 4817 posts
I grew up in the country on a farm, and we didn't have inside pets. The dogs lived outside, often with the other farm animals. Our dog passed in February, but we kept her in the house with free roam. We live in town and though we have an acre, she wouldn't have been a fan of staying outside all day. But I know lots and lots of people who do leave their dogs outside during the day. I don't think twice about it as long as they have water and shelter. Totally normal around here since so many people have land and there are a ton of farms.
But I'm strictly talking about dogs 30 plus pounds. I don't think little dogs should be left outside around these parts because of the wildlife risk.
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