We are hopefully moving later this month. We have owned our house for 12 years and have always had inside dogs. Now we are filing bankruptcy and giving up our house.
At the house that we are hoping to get, we will be able to keep our older, smaller dog inside. However, our Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix, 9 years old, we have to be put outside. The house has a fenced in back yard so she will have a large yard to run around in.
Has anyone had to put a dog outside that has always been inside? How do we train her not to bark, whine, and scratch at the door wanting in? She actually loves the outdoors and I think she will be okay after a while. However, I'm sure for the first month or so she will not want to stay outside.
How can we get her used to being an outside dog once we move?
Also, how do I get my husband to understand that it would be better for the whole family that she stays with us? She is like a child to us. We have had her longer than our children who are adopted. He would rather find her another home than to keep her outside. Of course, it would have to be a home that kept her inside. I would rather keep her even if she has to be outside. I don't think I could part with her.
Apparently there is some question why we can't keep her inside. The landlord won't let us. If we could, we would. However, it is really hard to find a rental home in the area we want in the size we want that will allow pets even small ones. We got lucky with this one that we can keep both dogs. I could probably find one that will allow us to keep both dogs. However, we will either pay a larger dollar amount deposit, it won't be the right size, will be too expensive or in the wrong area of town (we are trying to keep the kids in their school district).
And my husband doesn't want to keep her outside because he is afraid she won't get all the attention he usually gives her and that he feels she deserves. She is his dog.