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Is it possible to train an outside dog to be an indoor dog?

I've had my dog for about 11 years and he has always been an outdoor dog. we have fairly nice size yard and we take him for hikes and walks all the time but i was just wondering if it was possible for him to be "converted" so to speak into an indoor dog. he's getting up there in years but he doesn't show it. he's about a large size dog about 75lbs. idk. i hate for him to be outside in his golden years.

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Bugzmomma

Asked by Bugzmomma at 3:18 PM on Jan. 11, 2011 in Pets

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  • Yes it is totally possible. Set the rules nad stick with them. Make sure he is still getting plenty of exercise.
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 3:23 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • Oh yeah i should have mentioned he's not house trained.
    Bugzmomma

    Comment by Bugzmomma (original poster) at 3:28 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • Yes, but the house training is going to take as much supervision and consistency as if he were a 10 week old puppy learning the house rules for the first time. Also, if he is really conditioned to the outside he might actually become overly stressed being confined in the house. In that case you might set up an outdoor house with a pet safe heater where he can be possibly more comfortable and come and go as he pleases.
    spottedpony

    Answer by spottedpony at 4:52 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • he may not even go in the house, evey dog is dig, but since he is used to going potty outside he may not be comfortable going in the house, ya know what i mean? but bring him in and watch him. he may not pee in the but he may mark it.....he is used to being outside and he knows that is "his" space. being in the house he feel the need to mark it. but that can be stopped, just reinforce good behavior and the rest should be a piece of cake!
    mama2bof2

    Answer by mama2bof2 at 7:19 AM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • As long as you do so gradually it is possible. Start with short times inside the house and make sure the experience is positive - treats and lots of play. Potty training may be easy since he's used to going outside or difficult since he just goes where-ever he is - that depends on the dog. A dog door might be a good idea so he has access inside an out at will to ease any anxiety he may have if he's not being watched. Early on though, I wouldn't leave him unattended b/c he's not used to inside things and may not understand the concept of things being off limits.
    Tuzyae

    Answer by Tuzyae at 10:54 PM on Jan. 12, 2011

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