I have three dogs. One is a good sized mixed breed who is getting on in years (13). The other two are small breeds who are about two years old. All of the dogs I’ve had through out my life have always stayed (adequate shelter provided) and enjoyed being outside.
With the addition of the two younger dogs, so began a new experience with small breeds who are not as tough when it comes to outside weather elements. With these two I had to invest in a metal crate so that they could be brought into the house during the cold winter months. They aren’t the best trained dogs, but they do alright.
So this morning I let them out for about an hour. They started running to the door and when I went outside they decided to come in. I put them into their crate and they proceeded to go to sleep. They were quiet for a couple of hours but then started moving around and stretching in the crate. I went over to check on them and they were just sitting there looking at me. I said to them (yes, I talk to my dogs), “do you want to go outside?”, as if they can answer me back. They both just kind of looked at me with a blank expression. Then I said, “do you want to pee?”, and the response was instant. One jumped up from her lying position and the other started head butting the crate door.
So to reiterate, it all depends on how you ask the question.