Should You Keep Your Dog Indoors or Outdoors?

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We’re sure you’ve been there – when inside, your dog wants to go outside, and when outside, he immediately wants to come in again. Clearly dogs enjoy being both inside and outside, so which type of living is right for your dog? Many dog owners opt to keep their dogs indoors, while other dog owners choose to have their dogs live outdoors. Which option is best?

Life Indoors

When keeping your dog inside, you need to consider how you will keep your dog safe from dangers that may lie inside your home. Puppies, especially, are incredibly talented at getting into things that they shouldn’t, and you may find chewed shoes and furniture can quickly become common. If you will be bringing a dog into your home, you need to take measures to dog-proof your house to keep both your dog and your valuables safe. The use of child gates and childproof cabinet locks can help you in these efforts. Crate training your dog is another excellent idea, since you can keep him safely contained when you are not home.

While living in your home with you may seem like the perfect life for your dog, remember that dogs need regular exercise and fresh air. When your dog lives in your home with you, you will need to ensure that someone is home on a regular basis to take him outside for bathroom breaks. Additionally, regular walks and playtime are essential to keeping your indoor dog happy and healthy. Playtime and walks help to break up boredom, reducing or preventing destructive behaviors.

If you find that you cannot get home regularly enough to care for your dog due to your work schedule, consider enrolling your dog in Doggy Day Care. Doggy Day Care at Bed & Biscuit Austin provides your dog with socialization, exercise, and care while you are away.

Life Outdoors

Many dog owners opt to keep their dogs outside. How well your dog does with outdoor life largely depends on the dog’s personality and breed traits. Remember that when you keep your dog outdoors, the attention and stimulation that he would receive from living in your house with you is removed. A dog who thrives on attention and mental stimulation may have a hard time with outdoor life, so you will need to make a deliberate effort to ensure that your pet still receives plenty of attention, even when he is not in your house with you.

If your dog is going to live outdoors, then you need to take measures to ensure that he is safe and healthy in this environment. Strong fencing in good repair is essential; a dog who is simply tied up outside cannot get adequate exercise and can be at risk of tangling himself in his lead. The fencing must also be tall and strong enough to keep other dogs out of your yard. If you opt to secure your dog with a lead, make sure that you’re not breaking the law: visit this source and this source to learn more about the laws and specifications of securing dogs with leads.

You will need to provide a dog house or shelter that is appropriate for the weather conditions; your dog needs to be able to stay dry and out of the elements, and he needs to have continuous access to water. In extreme weather, you will need to bring your dog inside for his own safety, so it is best to plan out how you would do this – do you have a room set up in your home that he could stay in?

Remember, too, that most dogs are highly social. Keep your dog’s best interest at heart when deciding whether your dog will be an outdoor or an indoor dog.

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