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Old 12-17-2004, 11:52 AM
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Question A couple of questions.......

I was asking myself last night if I really wanted to get another dog. (Mom had said something about getting a smaller one to do agility with or something like that if I really wanted to.) After questioning myself, I found I just wanted an inside dog. So I was thinking about asking mom if Rose could come to live inside. I have a couple of questions to ask though, before I propose the idea. (I have to have all of my facts ready before I ask her anything or else she won't hear me out! )

1. Is it possible for a dog that has lived outside all 6 years of her life to adapt to being in the house? She likes to come inside and all of the times she has been in she has behaved really well but could she adapt to living inside all of the time?

2. I've heard that the longer a dog lives outside, the more 'doggy' it smells and that smell is hard to get rid of. Is this true?

3. I won't be able to bring Blackie inside. The reasons for this are: he sheds to much, he will eat the cat, I don't think I could housebreak him, he will eat any visting dog (like my Grandma's Schnauzer that comes up to vist sometimes) which won't be good because we are getting a Leader Dog puppy to raise next year. Anywho, would he miss having Rose outside with him all of the time? I don't want him to get lonley. Whenever I let Rose outside to go potty, I would let him out of his kennel too, but would he adapt to not having his buddy with him 24/7? (And could Rose adapt to not having Blackie with her 24/7?)

The question that has me concerned the most is #3. Any answers to these questions or tips is greatly appriciated!! Thanks!

(P.S. Rose is well behaved inside all ready. She is halfway house broken, doesn't chase the cat, doesn't shed to heavily, and gets along well with other dogs.)
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Old 12-17-2004, 12:10 PM
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Well, I've got some experience with some of your questions. When my sister got her pit bull, she was completely an outside dog. She was outside 24/7. But, when we brought her home, she was automatically in the house. She loves being inside. She is very well behaved. I think dogs can adapt from being an outside dog to an inside dog. Your other dog may get lonely at first, but if you still let them both run and play together outside, I think they will be fine.
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Old 12-17-2004, 01:00 PM
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[QUOTE=Rose's Gal]I was asking myself last night if I really wanted to get another dog. (Mom had said something about getting a smaller one to do agility with or something like that if I really wanted to.) After questioning myself, I found I just wanted an inside dog. So I was thinking about asking mom if Rose could come to live inside.



First of all, I might want to question getting another dog if your Mom doesn't allow the one you have in the house. Especially if she said a smaller one? Small breeds cannot take the outside elements as well as larger breeds. I have my opinions on keeping dogs outside, which are strictly my own. But, if your Mom won't let you keep the dog you have inside the house, NO WAY would I consider another dog, let alone a smaller breed.
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Old 12-17-2004, 01:04 PM
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If we got another dog, it would be an inside dog. That is why she might consider letting Rose inside in the first place. I think if I ever get another dog that has to be outside all of the time, I would get an Alaskan Malamute. (I LOVE that breed.) If we got a small breed of dog, I will definatly be inside.
I guess my biggest concern about bringing Rose inside would be Blackie missing Rose since she would be inside and he would be outside.
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