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Q. I will be moving soon and my outside dog will become an inside dog. My family says it's cruel to do this to the dog. What do you think?
Hello. I have a lab mix who will turn 2 years this October. When I first got him I took care of him inside 24/7. Since then, he has been completely an outside dog. I will be moving into an apartment in August next year (2006), and I will have to keep him indoors. I was told by family it was cruel to do that to a dog. I was told it would be taking away the "freedom" he's had. So...my first question is...Is it cruel to change an outside dog to an inside dog. Second is it okay to crate train him being that he is not a puppy??? Thank you so much.

Candace

A. I have a saying that I tell people – it goes like this” Everyone has an opinion on how to train a dog – just ask you barber, your mailman and your neighbor” The problem is very few people have the experience to back up their opinions. This results in a lot of bad information being passed out So people like yourself need to figure out who has the experience to warrant listening to.

Your family fits into this category.

Their comments are 100% wrong.

The fact is it comes down to how much you are committed to getting your dog exercise. I recommend an hour a day – let the dog wear a weighted collar (we sell them) – this gives the exercise more meaning.

The bottom line is that this all comes down to how much time you spend with your dog.
  
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