Obviously, dogs can be forced to live outside, alone and away from their families. But to force this kind of life on a dog is one of the worst things you can do to him. Such a life goes against a dog's two most basic instincts: the "pack" and the "den". If you have any doubts about these ideas, think of all the whining, barking, clawing dogs you have seen from dogs tied up alone outside. Dogs trying desperately to get their human families' attention, and then just giving up to become hyperactive, listless, fearful, or vicious when the stress of enforced solitude becomes too much to cope with.
The rationale given by people who permanently keep their dogs outside is that they will spend time with the pet outside. Even the most well-meaning pet owner does not spend significant time outside, particularly when it is raining or cold (or hot). Consequently, under the best of circumstances for the outside dog, a bowl of food and water hastily shoved before him, a quick pat given, and his owner, his WORLD is gone, leaving the animal to spend another 22 or 23 hours alone.
A dog brings you the gifts of steadfast devotion, abiding love, and joyful companionship. Unless you can responsibly accept a dog's offer of these great gifts, please do not get a dog. If you already have a dog, perhaps this article will help you to see things from his point of view, and possibly motivate you to change your relationship with him. A sad, lonely, bewildered dog, kept outside, wondering why he cannot be with his family, brings only sadness and unhappiness to the world. The dog suffers. Man's best friend deserves better!
Outdoor Dogs .... An
outdoor dog has an address, NOT a home.
Keeping Pets Outside in HOT Humid Weather
|Because we humans tend to go from
our air conditioned house, to our air conditioned car, to our air conditioned office, the
heat may not seem so bad. If however, we stayed outside during the heat of the day for
several hours straight, most of us probably would be miserable.
In the Southeast Texas climate in the Summer months, even with shade trees, it has to be miserable for animals to be outside during the heat of the day, for consecutive hours. Of course there are some animals who might prefer this to staying inside in a crate for hours and hours every day but being outside in intense heat can lead to heatstroke..
For animals who do not require crating or who are not prone to dig
out, a doggy door could an excellent idea and certainly the
animal would be more comfortable and content.
When people are outside we can cool down with 'cold' drinks, wetting ourselves with a garden hose and most importantly, being able going into an air conditioned area to cool down. Dogs kept outside cannot do these things. At least with a doggy door they can go inside to cool themselves and have refuge from storms or other severe weather.
If you must keep your dog outside with no doggy door, make sure to:
When deciding where to leave your dog, consider the weather, your own individual circumstances and most importantly, ask yourself where YOU would want to be placed to spend hours and hours, day after day, if you were the animal!!!!
Your animal and COLD Weather!
|Anytime temperatures are near, at or below freezing, your
animal should be brought inside. A dog house is NOT enough. Consider placing them
in the bathroom, laundry room or make a bed for them beside your bed.
When temperatures are very cold, an animal can get sick or even die. But
even if they do not get sick, they are miserable being outside in very cold temperatures for periods of more than an hour. Imagine yourself staying outside all day or all night, even wearing a coat, you would feel awful and wish for a warm place.
In cold weather, animals Need More Food since their body uses up energy trying to stay warm. Make certain to give animals 'extra' food during the cold months.
Doggy Door .... Freedom of choice for your loyal and loving companion!
Purchasing a Doggy Door -
PatioPacificPetDoors - Excellent selection of pet doors!!!!
ThePetDoorStore - Has many types of pet doors.
Petsmart sells several price and types of Doggy Doors including 'Economy' Doggie Doors,
'Electronic' Doors and even Doggy Doors to use with a 'Sliding Glass' door!
'Economy' Dog Door (About $29.99 & up - based on size of dog.)
Electronic Dog Door - (dogs up to 40 lbs.) Only lets in your pet.
Electronic Large Breed Dog Door - (dogs up to 100 lbs.) Only lets in your pet.
Patio Door Panel - For Sliding Glass Doors.
You can also Block off a section
of your home for your pet to use.
To Crate or Not to Crate ....
Heatstroke can kill your pet! ....
Don't wait until it's too late to learn the signs!
When outside, a dog must always have a shady shelter and access to cool
Failing to provide shelter, food and water is against the law! Cruelty Laws