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    Hi There

    I am new to this and just wanting some help/advice.

    I have two dogs. One is a 1 year old Silky X Shihzu and the other is a 9 month old Rottwieler. They have both lived inside all the time except they are outside together when we are at work.

    I really want to train the Rotty to be an outside dog as i am sick of the shedding, slobber and dog smell inside.

    What are your tips?

    I just think i will feel bad having one inside and one outside. Does anyone else do this?

    Thanks in advance

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    Trying to brush the dog more often, more vacuuming and changing his diet to improve body odour would be a lot fairer on the dog.

    Locking him outside could well result in problem behaviours like barking, digging and trying to escape.

    I'm not a fan of outside only dogs and it will be extra hard on the dog after being an inside dog and being separated from his little mate.

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    We got the shedding under control with a 'furminator' and a pretty costly but awfully effective Dyson vacuum cleaner. We've got only a small handheld (perfect for sweeping through quickly) but if you invest in a big one you can actually get a dog grooming attachment. I haven't tried it myself but a friend swears by it!

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    I had an inside dog and an outside dog but that was the outside dog's choice, he hated being inside.

    I don't think it fair on either dog to turf one outside as you don't want to keep up with the fur etc and keep one in. The others have given you great suggestions. I have a pet hair dyson too and 4 dogs and a cat inside..not to mention 3 moulting birds.

    Maybe you can have an area inside where it is ok for them to be and other areas cordened off with baby gates. Yes I know it is a rotty but sometimes a visual barrier may be enough and maybe it won't.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    As a rottie fan, they are sensitive to temperature. Both heat and cold. But a kennel would overcome that easily.
    the are sensitive to rejection. And will come through the door, regardless of your wishes, to get reunited with THEIR family
    eg. in my attempt to do this in a rental. My dog came through the window by ripping it out and jumping into the bedroom. they need to have everyone in sight. will sleep outside a shut bedroom door if that's as close as they can get. Ignoring their bed in the lounge.
    So great is their need to be ' by your side ' gaurding, protecting, acting the fool. Sure some of that has also been transferred to your other dog. But your goal includes separation from this dog also. So you are aiming at a goal that is MASSIVE, in one hit. That'll end in tears.
    So please consider having both outside, or none. To banish a rottie away from his family, is going to challenge most rotties i have loved and owned.
    But i had to have them sleep outside. When we had to leave 'our own' home, to a rental house in qld, that had accepted my dogs. I have adapted this rental house on stilts, to allow my rottie to sleep under the house, directly under me, is where he chose for his bed, out of a large plot.
    So that's where he had his bed. With his brother play mate, the GSD. Both happy, as to a guard breed, this was closer, than laying outside my bedroom door. And i could hear them, so they could definately here me.
    That was in nice climate of Queensland Australia. When i was in a rental that did not allow dogs inside the house.
    I had no choice. It was the only rental i could get with a rottie and a GSD

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    As a rottie fan, if yours stinks. something is wrong. Be it with reducing grooming/no grooming, inadequate grooming, obesity, dip in health of the dog, yeast infection, parasite infestations, tooth decay, anal glands impacted. Seriously, they dont usually smell, unless something is wrong.

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    Seriously, not sure why you got a rottie if you cant handle a bit of slobber. Dogs definitely dont have to smell.
    Grooming with a furminator and a bit of vacuming - all part of pet ownership should deal with the hair. I have cattle dogs - major shedders and I deal with it fine.

    You dont have to allow them in all the rooms. I keep my guest room and bedrooms in general more or less dog free. I have crates as well, which they love to sleep in closed or left open. I have trained them to go to their crates. Any specific furniture they are allowed on has washable covers.

    To allow one dog in and keep one outside to me is grossly unfair especially as that is not how it has been from the beginning, unless the dog chooses to be outside (I also have one that prefers being outside) but she can come in any time. I am also not a fan of outside dogs, cant see the point really. To me a dog is part of the family.

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    I don't know what our dog would do if we forced him to stay outside all of a sudden - especially without his mate. Die of a heartache maybe. Or give us the finger and move out! Remember your dog hasn't got a job to go to. You're his world!

    So I wouldn't force him out - if I had a choice. But if I really wanted him to be more outside I think I'd just encourage it. E.g. get a doggy door so he can choose... and then make being outside super-attractive. Get some outside only doggy toys, a clamshell pool, a sandpit to dig, an elevated spot that allows him to keep watch over the neighbourhood.

    The latter one does it for our two dogs. We have a slightly elevated deck and two wicker armchairs the dogs love. They'll curl up in one each and I think the elevated position gives them a kind of 'majestic' feeling of overlooking 'their land' (i.e. our tiny yard). They are both big clingy sooks - but they love these chairs and often prefer them as sleeping spot over their inside bed. It provides the perfect spot for eyeing the possums in the trees and listening to the frogs. Yet if they get cold or lonely they can always come back inside.

    In fact it creates sometimes difficulties and I'd rather they stay inside. If they're outside they're apparently on guard duty. Meaning they'll bark at every single possum that dares to walk our fenceline. And that'll alert of course the neighbours dogs, who are on guard duty as well. Which then frequently ends in a barking contest at 2am in the whole bloody neighbourhood. it's very annoying! So we are actually having the opposite problem and have to try and keep them inside at night... Just something else to bear in mind ...
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    I couldn't live with a slobbery dog .. I'm not sure how Sean lives with it(lol). I don't mind dogs jumping up on me when wet or covered in sand but dogs drooling on me is just not my cuppa tea. however, you took on a dog that can be a drooler, banishing him to the backyard will not only make a confused, bored, lonely dog, it has the absolute potential to make a dangerous dog(and a dangerous rottie is of couse a VERY dangerous dog). If you really can't deal with his/her smell/slobber/whatever, contact a rescue organisation and give your dog a chance at a home where it will be loved for what it is.

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    Rotties should not have a smell, you need to investigate why the dog has a smell. I have 6 dogs inside and I dont have problems with dog smell. Diet is usually the biggest factor, skin infections, ears or anal glads.

    As for the shedding a furminator or regular brushing will fix that. ROtties should not be constantly shedding. I had one inside all his life and he didnt leave a lot of hair anywhere or any smell even if you buried your face in his fur.

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