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Old 05-03-2004, 07:42 AM
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Default Turning 5 yr old Rotti into indoor dog!?

I have a 5 yr old rottweiler that has been an outside dog for most of his life, but now he is moving to the city with me and will have to become an indoor dog. The only problem is that he is not neutered and I am not sure of how to go about training him not to mark everything in the house! Does anyone have any suggestions about how this can be done?
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Old 05-03-2004, 09:35 AM
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You may be "borrowing trouble" at this point. Unless there is the scent of another male dog, or the lingering perfume of a female in "heat," you very well may not even have a problem.

That said, I'd make very sure to clean all the carpets really well, then use an odor neutralizer generously after they are dry. I'd also do a thorough wipe down of the walls, from chest-high down, with some type of odor neutralizing cleaner. I'm going to assume that you are taking your furniture with you and he is accustomed to it, which will help him a lot in acclimating.

Really, though, most dogs don't care where they live, as long as they live with their beloved owners. Just make sure he has his old dish and some things that make him feel at "home." He'll probably be so thrilled at being inside with you that nothing else will matter. Rotties are intelligent creatures; don't worry too much ahead of time. Moving is enough of a worry without fretting over something that more than likely won't happen. Good luck!
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Old 05-03-2004, 11:22 AM
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Default Thanks for the help!!

Thanks so much for the advice. I had pretty much figured about wiping walls, cleaning carpet, and using the air neutralizer, but is there a better brand to use for the spray? Will Febreze work?
I am sooooooo excited to have him become an indoor dog!! He is a very intelligent pup and I'm sure I won't have much trouble in house training him. If you have any other suggestions that would make his transition any easier I would greatly appreciate them!! Thanks Bunches!!!!!!!!!




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You may be "borrowing trouble" at this point. Unless there is the scent of another male dog, or the lingering perfume of a female in "heat," you very well may not even have a problem.

That said, I'd make very sure to clean all the carpets really well, then use an odor neutralizer generously after they are dry. I'd also do a thorough wipe down of the walls, from chest-high down, with some type of odor neutralizing cleaner. I'm going to assume that you are taking your furniture with you and he is accustomed to it, which will help him a lot in acclimating.

Really, though, most dogs don't care where they live, as long as they live with their beloved owners. Just make sure he has his old dish and some things that make him feel at "home." He'll probably be so thrilled at being inside with you that nothing else will matter. Rotties are intelligent creatures; don't worry too much ahead of time. Moving is enough of a worry without fretting over something that more than likely won't happen. Good luck!
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Old 05-04-2004, 10:31 AM
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On the carpet, you'll need one of those dry concoctions that you sprinkle on and let sit for a day, then vaccuum thoroughly. Places like Lowe's or Home Depot often have industrial or professional grade products, and pet supply stores will often have products made specifically for the purpose of neutralizing animal odors.

You'll need the Febreeze, since you do realize that you are probably going to be giving up a large space on the couch! And make sure your vaccuum cleaner has good upholstery attachments!

Incidentally, although I just posted this in a new thread, I'll put it here for you directly, as even the best mannered dog can do the unthinkable in a strange situation. I found an article with some great info on cleaning up after those faux pas, and it might be helpful to you if you notice your guy habitually sniffing at certain spots in his new kingdom.

http://www.petplace.com/Articles/artShow.asp?ArtId=4694

You are going to have so much fun having your Rottie live side by side with you. It's a completely different level of interaction; kind of like the difference between hanging around with someone and having them as a roommate. Except (presumably) your dog won't take the last cold beer!
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Old 05-12-2004, 12:30 AM
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From experence with rotties. I very much aggree with what renee had said. But i also have a few things to add. Rottweilers are a very very protective and over powering breed of dogs, ( im sure you knwo this by now) as long as there isnt other dog or bitches sent in the house. He will not want to do this in his territory. But being an outside dog all of his life. May require you to be extreamley attentive and caring to him for the first few weeks. I had a rottie that was an outside dog for all of his life. Sadley, the direct owner should move him. Unless he likes the inside, it wont be a problem, but if he likes the outside he may not want to be inside.
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