I know this has likely been beat to death already... but the search option on this forum pretty much stinks.
A close buddy of mine just got a new lab puppy.
His last dog was a byb pup who lived outside tied to a dog house all his life, the last lab was gun shy so dreams of a hunting dog went out the window. Yet he was loyal and as long as you were outside too you could trust him enough to just 'hang around' while you did whatever you were doing.
The dog also drove everywhere with my friend, went for walks, and played with the kids. The reason the dog lived outside is becuase of his wife, who will not allow a dog to live inside. She grew up with farm dogs that worked and lived outside and that is where she thinks larger dogs are best kept. Even cute puppy breath will not warm her heart on the issue.
His new pup is a female from MH lines, a little better bred than the last one. He has high hopes for a future of hunting. She is getting fixed asp but he also wants her to live outside. The kicker is he is moving next summer into his fathers house (his father is getting a smaller one story house) and his wife agreed to letting the dog live in 'mud room' in the new house. So the dog will only be living outside until next summer!
I conviced him that a kennel/run would be a lot better than being chained up all day; which he whole heartedly agreed (he just never realized). The run is 10 x 10 with a roof over the run and he has a new exra large dogloo house for the pup.
He is getting a lot of crap from people that feel the winters in PA are too cold and icy for a dog. I was more concerned about the summers! Now his last lab had a dogloo which was packed with staw in the winter, he was given fresh warm water 3 times a day, and extra food; he lived to be 13 yo and died of cancer.
He is pretty upset thinking that this living situation wont work and he already expressed to me that perhaps finding a better home for his pup would be better. He takes really good care of his dogs and loves them a lot. His dogs are always utd on vet care and well socialized their entire lives.
I'm looking for ideas to give him to help improve an outside dog's life so he feels a bit better about the whole ordeal. Funny thing is he never thought twice about keeping a dog outside until other people started ragging on him about it.
My dogs are always inside, becuase I can keep them that way, but I'm not against others keeping a dog outside as long as its well cared for. From what I gather most trainers keep client dogs outside. Are North Eastern Pa winters too cold to keep a lab outside?