If your dog always wants to be outside, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.
So, why does my dog love being outside? Likely reasons why your dog loves being outside are that it likes exploring, it smells the scents of other animals, it wants to mate or that it does not like it inside.
There are a number of possible reasons why your dog likes it outside a lot and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.
Why does my dog love being outside?
Below are likely causes and what would make them more likely.
Your dog does not like it inside
It could actually be the case that your dog does not like it inside. This would be more likely if your dog tends to want to go outside more when it is hot inside or when there are things that could be causing it to feel anxious such as loud noises or pets or people being around that it does not like.
Your dog likes exploring
Dogs naturally like to explore their surroundings and it is likely that your dog also enjoys exploring. By exploring its surroundings it will be able to discover what other animals have been in the area lately.
Your dog smells other animals around
Another likely reason why your dog likes being outside is that it can smell the scents of other animals that have been around. This would be more likely if it tends to like being in the backyard when other animals have been around recently and would be especially likely if it likes going on walks where it will be able to smell the scent of lots of other animals.
Your dog wants to mate
Another likely cause is that it wants to mate. This would be especially likely if it has not been neutered. If it is a female dog and it has started wanting to be outside a lot suddenly, it could also be a sign that it is in heat which would be especially likely if you are approaching the warmer months.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.
If your dog has always loved being outside
It would help to consider if your dog has always wanted to be outside or if it has started doing it suddenly. If it has started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as a problem happening inside, going into heat or becoming braver as it stopped being a puppy.
What is different when your dog prefers it inside
If there is a certain time that your dog tends to want to be outside, it would also help to consider what is different about the timing of it wanting to be outside. For example, if it tends to want to be outside when it is hot inside, the issue could be that it is too hot inside.
What to do about your dog liking it outside more
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Ensure that there are no issues inside
As mentioned above, it could be the case that there are actually problems inside. It would help to ensure that there is nothing inside that might be causing it to be anxious. It could also help to allow it to stay in a different part of the house.
Let it do it
It is very common for dogs to like being outside. If your dog has not been behaving unusually, it is likely to be due to normal behavior. In this case, the easiest thing to do would be to allow it to continue enjoying the outdoors.