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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 10-12-2009, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy House arrest! How often do you let your dog outside?

We rarely let our boys outside because they get all smelly and dirty. Their hair are like dirt/dust/leave magnets. The only time we let them out is before we bathe them every other weekend.

They have free range of our small condo so they run around when playing/wrestling with each other. We also play fetch with them down our hallway.

They have their own bathroom with two Ugodogs.

Miko is 2 yrs old and only 11lbs. Milo is 1 yrs old and already 15lbs. Is Milo fat??? Last time we took them to the vet, the vet didn't comment on Milo being heavy or anything...

With winter coming, they may not get to go outside for a whole month....Are we horrible dog owners??

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I generally do not take Beamer out for walks or play when it's raining or right after it rained as he would be filthy. (only take him to potty if he really needs to go and does not want to use his pee-pads)

Do you not take them for walks ever?

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First let me say Miko and Milo are adorable. And More Pictures of them would certainly enable us to weigh in on your situation with more accuracy.

When you do let them out... do they have the best time in the world? If so, you probably should take them outside more. But if they are happy inside you know what works best for you and your dogs. And they have been raised this way so they do not know what they are missing.

That being said, there is something very basic about a dog being outside. There are smells and sounds and rolling in the grass (among other gross things) that just seem to make them happy. Just being dogs. Unlike you who are constantly in and out to get to work, go shopping etc. Your dogs are primarily experiencing 4 walls, and may need some diversity and more experiences, with both people and other animals.

I never owned an animal before my boys and I remember asking someone I worked with...what do you do with their feet when you come in from a walk? and he said what do you mean? and I said well, they bring what ever into your house.... LOL. two months later I didn't think twice of Jasper getting on the couch or the bed with us even if it was raining on his last walk. Most of the time you just wipe off what you can...in bad cases we do a paw bath.

As for Milo being 15lbs... Havs come in many sizes. Can you feel his ribs? He may just be bigger than Miko.

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Unless there's a severe weather warning or terrible rain, I always take my dogs out daily despite pee pads. I just don't think it is mentally healthy for dogs to always be inside except for a short outdoor 'visit' every now and then. Maybe you should've gotten cats instead?

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We have a fenced in yard so we let Abby out to go potty. She enjoys sniffing around the yard but I wouldn't say she gets a lot of exercise out there - just enjoys. We take her for short walks around the neighborhood, too. Sniffing is what dogs do for entertainment......lol I do have to pull off leaves and junk before we come in but she doesn't really get smelly and I only bathe her every two weeks, also.

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Taylor and Capote go out 5 or 6 times a day rain or shine. The back yard helps. And I keep their coats short cause I don't have the patience to keep up with it..lol. They get bathed about once every 2 weeks or so but they have a week of 'dog' smell to them..lol

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Tori goes out several times a day sans rain. She loves to sniff around the backyard and she is trustworthy enough to go out front w/me, too. She always goes out front with me to get the mail, she goes out back most anytime she wants to, and I walk her on most days. Our home is about 2500 sq. ft. and I would never expect her to stay indoors all of the time.

Yes, things get stuck to her but, I just pick off what I can when she's on my lap. Then at night before bed she gets brushed/combed to get off anything that's still left on her. It's really not too bad, mostly her feet, legs and tail. I bathe her every 7-10 days.

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Does your vet know they never go outside except for every other week? Our dogs get so excited when they hear "outside" or "let's go for a walk" and have so much fun running and playing. I can't imagine keeping them inside. They only potty outside so they go out no matter what the weather is but I still consider them to be "inside" dogs. They drag in all sorts of stuff stuck to them but I clean off as much as I can and live with the rest...and vacuum a LOT.

It just seems odd to me.

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And if the paws do get all nasty and dirty, just do a quickie paw bath! We just gave Beamer one this morning as it was all wet and grungy outside.. Beamer is as good as new after a paw bath.. and he never really smells anyways. Everyone I meet always comments on how white and clean Beamer looks.. (we bath him every 2-3 weeks depending on weather mostly)

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Bacca is an indoor dog but he still gets walked twice a day with potty breaks several more times. I don't have a fenced in yard so we do our walks. As far as the dirt goes I have a big old bath towel by the back door and wipe his paws when it rains. He loves when we go to my daughter's to her fence in yard and runs with her havs Brady and Dugan. I think they need the fresh air.

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