As dog owners, we can keep our dogs inside the house or outside in the back yard. Many times, we keep our small dogs in the house almost all the time. On the other hand, many people get large dogs and only want to keep them outside. We always hear the term “Outside Dog” and think that it is perfectly acceptable to always have our dogs outside.
I want to propose the idea that always having your dog outside is not that great of an idea. Dogs are social creatures; just like us. If our parents always made us stay in our room and never socialize with the rest of the family, we would feel ostracized and this could even lead to bad or dangerous behavior.
The same is true of our equally social dogs. They need to create bonds and relationships with the entire family (pack). If we only interact with them during the few periods of time we are outside, that bond will not be created. They will not feel that they are truly part of our family and will act accordingly. This can cause misbehavior, not listening, aggression, and escaping.