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How to Bring an Outside Dog Inside

Tips for Bringing Your Outside Dog Into the House

Any dog can be an inside dog, regardless of their age.

Tips for Bringing Your Outside Dog Into the House

Any dog can be an inside dog, regardless of their age.


Reasons to Bring Your Dog Indoors

1The best guard dog is one that lives in the home, with the family.

2Dogs are social creatures-they want most of all to be a part of their familly.

3Dogs are den animals and like to have a safe, quiet place to sleep and rest.

4Barking, digging, and escaping are some of the ways dogs outdoors relieve boredom and stress.

5Bad weather and storms can often leave dogs in scary situations.

If you must keep your dog outdoors for any length of time, provide a warm and dry house, fresh water, and extra food. During cold weather, you should lay clean, dry straw inside the doghouse to help keep them warm.

Reasons to Bring Your Dog Indoors

1The best guard dog is one that lives in the home, with the family.

2Dogs are social creatures-they want most of all to be a part of their familly.

3Dogs are den animals and like to have a safe, quiet place to sleep and rest.

4Barking, digging, and escaping are some of the ways dogs outdoors relieve boredom and stress.

5Bad weather and storms can often leave dogs in scary situations.

If you must keep your dog outdoors for any length of time, provide a warm and dry house, fresh water, and extra food. During cold weather, you should lay clean, dry straw inside the doghouse to help keep them warm.

How to House Train Your Dog

1Dogs are creatures of habit and routine. Sticking to a schedule is the key to success!

2Start by bringing your dog into the house for dinner and to sleep at night.

3Designate a place for your dog to eat and sleep. A crate or baby-gated area is a good start.

4Make the dog’s area comfortable by using blankets, towels, or a dog bed.

5Sturdy chew toys are a great way to keep your dog entertained while they are inside. Inexpensive, sturdy chew toys can be found locally at Big Lots, Ross, and Wal-Mart.

6Take your dog out to go to the bathroom before bedtime.

7Create a balance – Your dog needs to spend time with you, but also needs time alone to nap or enjoy a chew toy or bone.

8Remember this is a major lifestyle change for your dog and they will be very excited about becoming part of your routine.

How to House Train Your Dog

1Dogs are creatures of habit and routine. Sticking to a schedule is the key to success!

2Start by bringing your dog into the house for dinner and to sleep at night.

3Designate a place for your dog to eat and sleep. A crate or baby-gated area is a good start.

4Make the dog’s area comfortable by using blankets, towels, or a dog bed.

5Sturdy chew toys are a great way to keep your dog entertained while they are inside. Inexpensive, sturdy chew toys can be found locally at Big Lots, Ross, and Wal-Mart.

6Take your dog out to go to the bathroom before bedtime.

7Create a balance – Your dog needs to spend time with you, but also needs time alone to nap or enjoy a chew toy or bone.

8Remember this is a major lifestyle change for your dog and they will be very excited about becoming part of your routine.

Sample Schedule for Your Dog

15pm – Bring your dog inside for dinner. They should eat in the same spot, at the same time twice daily.

25:30pm – Take your dog outside on leash to go to the bathroom. Be patient.

36-7pm – Allow your dog to be part of what you are doing (watching TV, working, cleaning house, etc.) Reward and praise good behavior.

47-8pm – Alone time for your dog (let them enjoy a sturdy chew toy, such as a bone, in the crate or in a gated separate room, but they can still see you). Please call VOCAL if you would like to borrow an indoor kennel.

58-8:30pm – Interact with and stimulate your dog. You can do some training, play tug with a rope, play hide and seek, etc. Whatever it is, have fun!

68:30-9:30pm – Share some quiet time with your dog, such as snuggling on the couch, reading a book, etc.

79:30pm – Take your dog outside on leash to go to the bathroom. Be patient.

810pm – Get ready for bed. If your dog did not potty at 9:30pm, try again now. Make your dog’s bedtime area quiet and comfortable and turn out the lights.

Sample Schedule for Your Dog

15pm – Bring your dog inside for dinner. They should eat in the same spot, at the same time twice daily.

25:30pm – Take your dog outside on leash to go to the bathroom. Be patient.

36-7pm – Allow your dog to be part of what you are doing (watching TV, working, cleaning house, etc.) Reward and praise good behavior.

47-8pm – Alone time for your dog (let them enjoy a sturdy chew toy, such as a bone, in the crate or in a gated separate room, but they can still see you). Please call VOCAL if you would like to borrow an indoor kennel.

58-8:30pm – Interact with and stimulate your dog. You can do some training, play tug with a rope, play hide and seek, etc. Whatever it is, have fun!

68:30-9:30pm – Share some quite time with your dog, such as snuggling on the couch, reading a book, etc.

79:30pm – Take your dog outside on leash to go to the bathroom. Be patient.

810pm – Get ready for bed. If your dog did not potty at 9:30pm, try again now. Make your dog’s bedtime area quiet and comfortable and turn out the lights.

Leash Walking Made Easy

1Taking a leash walk with your dog should be fun; however, it can become frustrating without the proper tools.

2Recommended tools for leash walking are a flat buckle collar, a martingale collar, an easy walk harness, as well as a 4-foot to 6-foot leash. Prong collars, choke collars, and retractable leashes are not recommended.

3Remember your dog is not trying to annoy you when they are excited on a walk. They are excited to see all the new things in the world.

4Start with short walks and increase the distance as you and your dog become comfortable.

5Walking your dog at the same time, walking them on the same side of your body, and walking the same route are great routines for your dog.

6Bring treats so you can reward your dog for positive behaviors, such as sitting on the walk when you ask them to.

Always make it fun, be patient, and remember that you and your dog are a TEAM!

Leash Walking Made Easy

1Taking a leash walk with your dog should be fun; however, it can become frustrating without the proper tools.

2Recommended tools for leash walking are a flat buckle collar, a martingale collar, an easy walk harness, as well as a 4-foot to 6-foot leash. Prong collars, choke collars, and retractable leashes are not recommended.

3Remember your dog is not trying to annoy you when they are excited on a walk. They are excited to see all the new things in the world.

4Start with short walks and increase the distance as you and your dog become comfortable.

5Walking your dog at the same time, walking them on the same side of your body, and walking the same route are great routines for your dog.

6Bring treats so you can reward your dog for positive behaviors, such as sitting on the walk when you ask them to.

Always make it fun, be patient, and remember that you and your dog are a TEAM!


Dogs of all ages can enjoy time in the home, even if they also enjoy being outdoors. With time and patience, any dog can learn new skills and have good indoor habits.

There are many helpful resources for dog training both locally and online:

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