I have noticed of late that there have been far too many animal news stories about dogs found frozen to death because they were left outside in winter temperatures. Since I try to address these issues as they come up, today we are going to talk about why dogs should not live outside, especially in cold climates. You would think the risk of their pet freezing to death would be enough of a deterrent but some people are foolish enough to believe that just because their dog has a fur coat it is capable of surviving outdoors in all weather. We will address their madness, as well as a myriad of other reasons why no dog should live outdoors.
People have a variety of excuses for keeping their dogs confined to the back yard:
- I don’t want a dog in the house because they might dirty up the furniture.
- Dogs belong outside. I know/knew plenty of people who have a dog outside and they are fine.
- Dogs like being outside on their own. They came from wolves and wolves live outside.
- I don’t want my lawn or yard messed up so the dog will only have a certain area outside where he or she will stay often.
- I don’t want dog hair or the risk of allergies with having a dog in the house.
- The dog will still be allowed inside sometimes but has to stay outside a lot.
- A dog carries germs or disease and I don’t want that risk to me or my family.
Let us address the above excuses one by one:
I don’t want a dog in the house because they might dirty up the furniture.
So why are you getting a dog? If you don’t want dogs on your furniture then train them not to get up on the furniture. It really is that simple, or do you have this attitude because maybe you really don’t actually WANT a dog, you just like the notion of having a pet?
Dogs belong outside. I know/knew plenty of people who have a dog outside and they are fine.
Are they? Really fine, I mean. Did you ever interact with those dogs? Did you ever see their owners interact with them? Or were they just lawn ornaments? Think about it, those dogs that lived outside and were “fine” according to you, did they ever really get treated like the family pet they were supposed to be? How many walks did you see them taken on? How many other dogs did you see them play with? How much human interaction did they actually recieve? Oh, and just exactly WHO told you that dogs BELONG outside? Based on what?
Dogs like being outside on their own. They came from wolves and wolves live outside.
Dogs are pack animals, like humans they crave the companionship of their own kind. They are social animals with a societal structure. Yes, you are right about one thing, dogs are descended from wolves, and wolves are capable of living outdoors. However, comparing today’s domestic dog to it’s larger, stronger wolf descendants is absolutely ridiculous! Man has domesticated the dog and brought it indoors. The dog has adapted it’s physiology to indoor living, today’s average domesticated dog is NOT capable of outdoor living. Oh, and just for the record, the phenomena of the “lone wolf” is rare. Dogs are not loners. Next excuse?
I don’t want my lawn or yard messed up so the dog will only have a certain area outside where he or she will stay often.
So let me get this straight? Not only are you not going to allow your dog indoors but you intend to chain it up and confine it to a “certain” area? You have no business evening briefly entertaining the notion of having a dog! No dog was meant to live of the end of a chain like some sort of substitute lawn statue! WTF is wrong with you? Give your head a shake, go buy yourself a stuffed animal or a lawn statue, and stay away from innocent dogs!
I don’t want dog hair or the risk of allergies with having a dog in the house.
Are you serious? If you are that worried you “might” have allergies then don’t get a dog! Geez doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Or hey here’s a thought, why don’t you go have an allergy test to determine what you are allergic to (if anything) BEFORE you decide to get a dog, then it won’t matter if your dog leaves a few allergens lying around from time to time? Or hey, suck it up buttercup, it’s just allergies. I have been allergic to dogs since I was a child, I love dogs so I ignored the allergy, and presto chango! No more allergic reaction. Geez everybody’s such a woos these days scared of the sniffles! As for the dog hair, you have heard of the broom and vacuum have you not?
The dog will still be allowed inside sometimes but has to stay outside a lot.
When will the dog be allowed inside? When you want to show it off to friends? When the SPCA is called to report an neglected dog? When you are feeling generous? Your dog is supposed to be a beloved family member, do you make your kids live outside too?
A dog carries germs or disease and I don’t want that risk to me or my family.
What germs and disease do you think a dog carries? Most common ailments can not be transferred from dogs to people, so unless there has been a resurgence of some medieval killing disease like the bubonic plague or cholera, I fail to see how this applies. However, if you are THAT big a germaphobe don’t get a dog!
So there you have it, the general excuses for keeping a dog outside and my answers to them. So tell me, what do YOU think? Is it okay for dogs to live outside? You already KNOW what I think!
Until Next Time Remember
DOGS ARE FAMILY! And family doesn’t live outside in the yard!