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indoor/outdoor dog

i have two yorkies who have always been inside dogs. they have also always had run of the house all the time, but do have a dog door and a huge yard. i have been thinking of only allowing them in the front of the house. it would be the living room which is hardwood floors, and they have access to the outdoors there. its just they are always getting in mud and its ruining our carpets. not to mention yorkies never seem to be potty trained 100% so every so often the pee on the carpet. is this bad for me to do? i kinda feel bad not letting them in the rest of the house where they like to go. may sound silly. any advice or thoughts?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:10 AM on Aug. 7, 2009 in Pets

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  • i don't think it's a bad idea to restrict them to certain areas of the house, but i do think working on potty training more would be ideal. dog pee can ruin hardwood floors too, and if they are used to going potty on soft things like carpet, they might look for pillows, blankets, anything else soft to go potty on.

    Answer by MaMaLaLa369 at 10:17 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • If you are able to gate off the living room area and they have access to the yard and house as they please, there is NOTHING wrong with that at all. There are so many people out there who get dogs and leave them outside and do not give them any attention at all. You are still giving them access to the house, just in an area that is easy to clean when they make messes, nothing wrong with that. As long as their needs are met, and they get the same amount of love and attention, restricting their access to carpeted areas is not cruel.

    Answer by KTMOM at 10:18 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • it sounds like it is to late to cut them off the rest of the house, they are only going to bark all day.
    When you leave your home to do what ever put them in a crate or your bathroom with a bed and toys and when you get back put them outside, tell they go potty. This will cut down on them having accidents. I'm going though the same thing now. I had to buy a small rug cleaner and that has help a lot. I just spot clean. The cleaner I use is Natures Miracle, buy it pet stores

    Answer by gammie at 10:18 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • No, if it's what you want, train them that way. Dogs are resilient. If you show them what to do, they will do it, regardless of their age.

    Answer by m-avi at 10:29 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • I agree with limiting the house areas. We keep our dog in the kitchen, unless someone is with her. It is not just a easier to clean floor, but also ensures she doesn't get into something that could harm her. With children you never know what could be left out for a dog to chew or swallow.

    Answer by mom-2-4boys at 11:43 AM on Aug. 7, 2009

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