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Was having a conversation this morning about dogs. Our two collies sleep inside, in the boot room in their cosy baskets. Most nights, providing they aren't too dirty, they lie in the lounge as they love to be near us. Before I moved to the farm, all collies, i.e. working dogs, were kept in a kennel - a very cosy kennel purpose built inside an enclosed shed. Filled with straw and plenty big enough for two collies to easily roam about. I know most farms that have working dogs, have kennels outside and the dogs are kept in them. I guess I'm just soft! We put our two in the shed occasionally after they've been working with the sheep, especially if it's really muddy outside.

I know a lot of you have "house" dogs but would you, or could you, keep them outside? We get some horrendous weather up here but the dogs obviously don't mind. However, I've often found Molly curled up in a ball in her basket, hers is nearest to the outside door and there's a terrible draft! Some people say dogs should be kept outside anyway but I'm not so sure.

CJ xx

Posted at 9th Mar 2009 - 10:48AM   Posted by Crystal Jigsaw   Dog Kennel Comments: 14

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I suppose it depends on the type of dog. My husband has muttered occasionally over the years about dogs being kept outside and if you have outhouses or barns with cosy corners and thick coated dogs who are used to working outside in all weathers - then fine. But my little darlings - certainly not! As I have got older and the children gone from home I find my attitude to the dogs we have owned has softened (no one who knows me well would use the word SOFT to describe me) and I now allow the dog on one sofa next to me. On the odd occasion when Jim has been absent from home overnight - even on the BED! Shhhhh!

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 9th Mar 2009 at 11:32AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar I was told by a sheepdog trainer that working dogs should be kept out of doors. I then went into her house and there was her dog, inside!

We used to keep our beagles outside in a dog run inside a barn. They hated coming in and actually the mum dog only came in once and that was to lie by the fire and quietly pass away.

Our current dog was found living rough on the streets of Fishguard eating pizza from bins. He deserves to live inside now, but not in the living room and NEVER upstairs! As we live on the farm he's far too smelly to join us on the furniture (much as he'd like to!)

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 9th Mar 2009 at 11:48AM

Cait's Avatar My sheepdog, non-working of course, actually doesn't mind being outisde whatever the weather so I think it is in their blood to 'cope'. Our lurcher loves being in and he is elderly now so I am quite soft with him. I leave them out all day only when the weather is reasonable. At night Kitty the collie sleeps by the Rayburn in the warmest spot in the cottage and Finn now sleeps by our bed on two pillows on top of a 'sheepskin' rug and next to a heater. Spoilt or what?

My SIL's dogs are farm dogs and of course never come indoors but they still love to a ripe old age.

Posted by: Cait on 9th Mar 2009 at 11:55AM

Cait's Avatar And live too!

Posted by: Cait on 9th Mar 2009 at 11:56AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar We have 2 labs, they live outside in kennels, they do come into the kitchen sometimes if the weather is very bad then demand to go out again as they get too hot. In a fit of idiocy I bought them each a dog cushion bed for indoors thinking they might be more confortable there but they rarely lie on them so the cats have taken them over. Ours our outside dogs.

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 9th Mar 2009 at 12:43PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Farming friends usually have 'outdoor' dogs round here and think Asbo is hugely spoiled. However if we're going out for the day, he is left outside (walled garden so can't get up to mischief) though we do leave his crate in the porch so he can keep in the dry. Have been hugely tempted to get him a kennel and be done with it!

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 9th Mar 2009 at 12:53PM

Westerwitch's Avatar It very much depends on what the dog is used to - you can't take an indoor dog and suddenly put it outside in the cold weather - it will suffer because its undercoat coat will simply not be thick enough. I know as my JRT has aged he now feels the cold.

Equally you can't suddenly bring an outdoor dog in and plonk it down by the fire - it will have a very thick undercoat and will quickly become too hot.

So it is consistency which is the key here.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 9th Mar 2009 at 01:49PM

Lampworkbeader's Avatar My father trained working dogs, gun dogs mainly and they always stayed outside, though they were allowed in the scullery occasionally. We had a 'pet' dog that led a very different life. She started out as a working dog, until we 'spoiled her' and made her 'good for nothing, and a 'waste of money.' The quotes are Dad's words of course, not mine or my sisters'.'

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 9th Mar 2009 at 02:24PM

Puffin's Avatar I think like you-Big working dog used to the outside should still have shelter to come into.
I hate to see any dog tied up and left out in the cold--
Mine are part of the family-house pups and they own us--
Bad thing you say ??
Much love and joy in return.

Posted by: Puffin on 9th Mar 2009 at 04:06PM

We have two springer spaniels. They come in when I am working at home and spend the evenings in with us at our feet. But they sleep out in their kennel in the garage overnight. It's what they're used to and what my dogs were used to when I grew up on a farm.

Posted by: Maddie Grigg on 9th Mar 2009 at 06:03PM

I grew up with the gun dogs being kept in kennels up in the garden, but my last dog was very much an indoor dog, as she was useless to the gun, and she'd even hop into bed and curl round to sleep at my back when the then hubby left for work early.

Posted by: Celtic Heart on 9th Mar 2009 at 07:19PM

Sumarell's Avatar Ours is definitely an indoor dog! He's a house pup.

Posted by: Sumarell on 9th Mar 2009 at 08:24PM

Blackbird's Avatar All of my dogs have been inside dogs but I'm in the middle of the city and that probably makes a difference. Jack is out in the yard only when I am with him because he's too barky otherwise. Our house sits high above the street and he thinks that he is king of all he sees.

Posted by: Blackbird on 9th Mar 2009 at 11:34PM

Camilla's Avatar I think that it does depend on the dog, I am way to easy going with dogs and always have had them in, cozy blankets, throws, pillows, baskets, you name them..... but if it is a working dog know that some keep dogs outside. I ditto what WW has said which I think is hugely important.

Posted by: Camilla on 10th Mar 2009 at 01:21AM

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