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    Indoor/Outdoor dogs

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    For those of you that have dogs, are they indoor or outdoor dogs? Is it based on their size?

    My dog is a jack russell terrier (about 20 lbs), and he is an indoor dog. He loves being outdoors, but he has never slept outside since I've adopted him.

    I guess I'm curious because my neighbor has what looks like a terrier who is always outside. I think he sleeps outside. We live in Florida (so the weather is nice) and they have a pool, so their backyard isn't ginormous. It doesn't bother me, but sometimes, I just wish I could take him inside and cuddle with him in my bed. He seems really sweet, and him (or her) and my dog are always sniffing each other and playing between fences.

    DH's parents also have a bigger dog (rottweiler) who is an outside dog they keep in a very spacious fenced-in yard. I sometimes feel bad for him, because I wonder how that's better than being free to roam, but then again, he is getting fed.

    I've always had indoor dogs, so I'm a little partial on the topic. Any thoughts??
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    We have two dogs, a lab/sheppard mix that weighs 70lbs and a little white shih tzu that weighs 12lbs. They have always been inside dogs. We do have a fenced in yard that they can run and play in and do daily, but they sleep and eat inside. I'm not quite 100% sure WHY they are inside dogs....even though I don't have a problem with it. I guess it just happened that way for us!
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    DH and I have a Siberian Husky. Mainly, he prefers being indoors. Although, if he wants to stay outside, he'll let you know. Trust me.
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    I've always had indoor dogs. I think it's mean to make dogs live outside.
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    growing up, all dogs were left outside.

    In high school, we trained the dogs we had at the time to be inside/outside dogs.

    Only reason Lexi is inside now is because we're in an apartment and have no backyard with a fence. I'm still waiting for the day I can open the backdoor and leave her out there sometimes. she'll still be inside as well, but it will be nice to not be her escort for her to use the bathroom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by january View Post
    I've always had indoor dogs. I think it's mean to make dogs live outside.
    I agree. I mean we have a fenced in yard and when its nice out we totally leave out dogs out there for 2 or 3 hours to just play and hang out. But they always come back in. I would never let them sleep outside.
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    Indoor. I would only have an outdoor dog if it was a working dog, like a livestock guard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by january View Post
    I've always had indoor dogs. I think it's mean to make dogs live outside.
    I think it depends on how the backyard is set up.

    like... my ex-neighbors' dogs stayed outside for the majority of the time, but the garage door was open, so they could have some shelter, when they wanted it. My ex-Husky use to stay outside as well with them. They're hang out by the fence together, then she'd go into her clubhouse.

    Plus, my neighbor and I were kids, when we had these dogs. So, we were constantly outside with them.

    ETA: I do hate that they're not constantly protected, though. My ex-Husky ended up running away, when no one was home, because someone cut her chain. (It was long enough for her to roam the entire yard, and she was only hooked up to it, when we were gone. Those dogs are known for being escape artists, so it was a precaution.)
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    I've always had indoor dogs, cause I want them to hang out with me! That's what they're there for!
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    Both indoor. I would never get a dog & keep it outside, no matter how big they were.

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