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Thread: Rescued Lab, Should He Be an Indoors or Outdoors Dog?

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    Default Rescued Lab, Should He Be an Indoors or Outdoors Dog?

    Hi everyone, I'm new here, and also a new ''Mum'' to the most divine furkid! He's an almost-3 year old yellow lab retriever. I picked him up from the pound two days ago. Unfortunately he got kennel cough there, and they gave me a few tablets to treat it, but is there anything else I should be doing to help him recover?

    Also, I am really unsure about whether to encourage him indoors or to keep him outside. He has free roam of the backyard and our covered entertainment area, and myself and my two children spend a fair chunk of time outside, we've been playing fetch and rumbles with him which he loves. But if we are inside, he follows us around the outside of the house, coming to whichever window or screen door is closest and just gazing in. I feel sorry for him out there, but worry that if I let him in he won't see me as boss anymore?

    Because he doesn't just walk through the door at any opportunity, would it be likely he was an outdoor dog at his old home? Is it a bad idea to turn an outside dog into an inside dog? This weather is starting to turn chilly and I worry about him cold outside with that kennel cough (His bed is cushioned with an old queen size feather doona but still...)

    Thanks in advance,
    Kezzdee.

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    Also, I like the idea of him being able to cuddle up with us in the evenings and watch tellie. Being almost 3, would he be past the chewing stage now? Or if I do bring him in, should I still ensure all shoes are out of reach?

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    Hi Kezzdee, welcome to the forum
    Congrats on the new addition to your family, and good on you for adopting an elder boy

    IMO I would still treat him like a toddler - everything you don't want touched, chewed,drouled on etc should be kept out of reach -
    I wouldn't worry about him losing respect for you by letting him inside with you all, that isn't what will make him think your not boss anymore

    You can teach him that only the loungeroom is where he should go if you feel more comfy with that, bedrooms are out of bounds etc.


    Im sure some of the more experienced trainers/owners on here will give you some better advice and ways to implement them



    Good luck with it all and I hope his KC goes quickly..Also you must put some photos up of you new furkid

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    Personally, I would be letting him inside with you. Labradors are very family oriented and a labs idea of heaven is just being curled up at your feet

    A lab at 3 can still be quite puppyish (not sure they ever grow up really ) so I would not be putting too much temptation his way with regard to chewing but all dogs are different, you will get to know him in no time and know what is safe to leave out etc. (not food, never safe to leave that out with a lab around LOL)

    Congrats on your new addition, I have a soft spot for Labradors. My first dog was a lab who, sadly died way to early, at 5 years old I'm not sure I will ever be able to bring myself to own another one but love to hear about other people's.
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    Welcome to the forum!

    Nothing wrong with letting your dog come inside - YOU set the rules, but he will be in ecstasy if he can cuddle up in front of the telly with you. My lot follow me around "supervising" the housework, etc. He may not be toilet-trained, so make sure you take him out every hour or so until you are sure he won't have any accidents, although even house-trained dogs can have an oops moment when they first go to a new home. Praise him when he is calm and acting how YOU want him to act. Have a search through some of the older threads as there are lots of tips there.

    As to the KC, what was said above, keep him out of drafts, and limit his exercise until the worst is over so he can recover. Lol with a Lab that might be a challenge.

    Good on you for saving a dog from the pound!

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    The right thing to do for your family and dog is what feels the best mix for you all.

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    Thanks everyone! Very helpful advice. I have noticed improvement in his KC already since he has been here, he only seems to cough now when he's very excited, eg playing fetch/chasey.

    He does have some puppyish traits but is overall quite a calm boy. He has totally won my heart already. Another yellow lab has come up at the same pound, she arrived the day I picked Banjo up. She's a lovely girl.... I am very temped to enquire about her but I have thoughts about it being unfair to both of them, having two new dogs at the same time. I'd love to know people's thoughts on this- has anyone rescued more than 1 dog at once, and how challenging was it?

    I'll try and attach a pic of him to my username now.

    Tkay, so sorry for the loss of your lab. I too have a soft spot for them, grew up with one as a pet and couldn't have had a better dog. I am relieved that letting him inside should be ok. I think I will keep bedrooms out of bounds,but everywhere else is fine.

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    If you are considering this I would make sure the dogs meet as well as your kids before a decision is made. I guess it also depends on what if any problems a new dog would have and the time, resources that you can devote to fixing them should you have to.
    I have always had multiple dogs, some strays, remomes etc. Some problems with 2 of them way back, they hated each other.
    Unfortunately that situation ended with the accidental death of one of them, slipping inder the tyres of a ute in mud when chasing cattle so I have no real experience with problems that can arise.

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    Hi Kedzee,

    welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new fur baby.

    I have no advice, i just wanted to say hi and welcome!

    I adopted by baby from the RSPCA as a 2 yr old and have never looked back!

    i would take my time getting to know this dog before introducing another dog, some dogs love a playmate others hate them and you dont want him to feel less important when he is just starting to find his feet and settle into his new home.

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    Hi Kedzee,

    As you have only had your new dog for a few days, I would certainly not advise acquiring another dog just yet. Your current boy needs a good amount of time to settle in first and get to know you all, and visa versa.
    Look, in a couple of months you would have got to know him well, and can then make the decision with a lot more knowledge about him, as I'm guessing his previous history is probably an unknown?

    regards indoors or outdoors, yep, I'd say he's definately been an outside dog previously.
    It's up to you, if you want him to come inside then certainly let him. As others have said, put everything away that you don't want him to touch - common sense really, not only for your belongings but for his medical safety as well.

    I personally would start by training him with the words inside and outside. That way he learns that he may come in when he is invited - that way you are still in control of the choice.

    Cheers, and enjoy.

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