Out at least 3 times a day?? lol. Tuffy can do that in an hour. He's in and out, but more out than in. If it isn't too hot he'll sit outside for hours, watching the street. In the winter, it takes some really cold and blowing snow to get him inside. And when he wants in, he scratches at the door. Sometimes very insistently. Sometimes even when I am outside with him. lol.
Toby doesn't like grass. Will pee on the porch if we don't watch him. Never asks to go out. He will ask to come in, if he hears the cutting board. He barks, not his usual bark, but a "woof".
Yep, much like you, the dogs that live with us are family. Oh, they aren't "ours". They are just entrusted to us, and trust us.