Originally Posted by silver suz
Great idea- thanks! We can get her a cage- Trouble is- being an outside dog all the time, except for periods during the day, I dont think she is house broken.
Really, everyone, I'm not going to torture my dog in the trailer- first thing she would probably do is pee, from fright. Neither dogs are used to going anywhere in the car. Even the vet comes here- with as many animals as we have it's just easier.
Thanks, silver suz P>S> anyone know how to housebreak a 9 yr old dog? She looks like a black lab but weighs 50 lbs, and hates water, and her name is "Orca". (There's irony in that!) Thanks again. : )
All dogs are individuals, but ours is also primarily an outdoor dog that is allowed in the house. We never 'trained' him and he never asks to go out
but will if someone else goes outside, or when the alarm goes off in the morning and I am getting up anyway. He's never messed in the house or when left alone in the trailer (we've never left him alone in there longer than it takes to go out for dinner). Then again, he's never chewed or torn up anything either (except for a bag of danishes I left out on the counter once - even then he left the bag intact and hoovered up all the crumbs).
If your dog is well mannered, I wouldn't worry about it too much - they know their boundaries. We got a large airline kennel, secured it in the truck bed with straps, lined it with a thin lawn chair cushion, and he prefers it to being loose in the cab of the truck. When we stop for a rest break, he gets out too, but rarely needs to relieve himself. My only concern with this perfect pet is that he will go at least 3 days without going No. 2. He loves to travel and doesn't act like he is in distress so I let it go, although I always carry a baggie along 'just in case'.
I'd be more concerned about whether she likes to take rides, enjoys new experiences, and/or she gets car sick. She can learn to like the first, therapy for the second (kinda joking there), and there are pills for the third, your call.
Unlike some people, most animals will not willingly soil their living space.