House training an older dog

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House training an older dog

Anyone done it? When we moved into town the plan was to bring our Boxer in town with us after we got the backyard fenced. Well, DH and I have decided we don't want to fence the backyard because then it splits our acre lot up and will make it just too small and we can't afford to fence the entire thing. Our Boxer is over at my BIL's house right now and we really really need to get a plan together on brining him home to us. The next door neighbors have a chain link fence and 3 indoor/outdoor dogs (they have a doggy door) and they already bark a lot so adding our Boxer to the backyard with a fence he can see through is going to make for a very noisy situation I think. My SIL has informed me that my Boxer has recently taken to barking all night long, yippee :roll: DH and I are just really stuck on what the heck to do now. My pooch will be 8 years old this fall and has hip displaysia, I'm not comfortable giving him to anyone else, he's my baby and I just don't trust that anyone will take care of him like I will. I mentioned brining him here and training him as an inside dog. I really don't want a dog in the house that sheds like him but I guess I'll learn to deal for him. What I'm wondering though is if anyone has any experience house training an older dog? He's never been in any house ever so it'll be a completely new experience for him and I have a whole house full of new furniture and new cabinets. I'm so stuck on what to do!!!! If money was no object I'd fence the entire back yard for him but that's just not feasible with as much land as we have here.

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I haven't trained an older dog but I am experienced with chain link fences and dogs. A chain link fence separates my yard and the neighbor's and he has a dog (a very friendly pit). It took a few weeks but the dogs now pretty much ignore one another. They will, however, bark like crazy at people passing by and will alert one another to the need to bark at passers by.

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Our neighbors dogs still bark at me every time I walk out in the backyard, so annoying! DH won't consider chain link fence, it's either nice wood fence or nothing at all.

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Wood dies here rather rapidly. Mostly everyone does chain link or brick wall. We're planning an iron and corrugated sheet metal fence. Its going to look wicked awesome.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Wood dies here rather rapidly. Mostly everyone does chain link or brick wall. We're planning an iron and corrugated sheet metal fence. Its going to look wicked awesome.

that sounds like it's going to be awesome Erin!

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In the front yard, I use to tie my dog out on a runner line. It was a piece of clothesline pined down at both ends, with a nylon leash on it. It gave her a lot of space to run, but nothing to tangle in.
You could do something similar in your back yard with a cable and a chain. Leave him ties out all day, and bring him in at night. I would keep him a restricted area, like the kitchen. Maybe crate training for indoors/over night could be an option, but I don't know much about it.

As my dog gets older, she tends to pee in the kitchen over night. I put up a baby gate to keep her in our bedroom, and she does not have any accidents.

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I think you should see if he will use the bathroom in a kennel. If he won't, then you can kennel train him:0) Lots of great information out there on K.T.
If he does go to the bathroom in the kennel...I would just treat him like a puppy...after every meal, after he gets up from sleeping, after he plays, and randomly take him out. Keep treats with you all the time to reward a good behavior (going in the yard).
Start him out in a small area of the house...to keep an eye on him.

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"HorseMomma" wrote:

I think you should see if he will use the bathroom in a kennel. If he won't, then you can kennel train him:0) Lots of great information out there on K.T.
If he does go to the bathroom in the kennel...I would just treat him like a puppy...after every meal, after he gets up from sleeping, after he plays, and randomly take him out. Keep treats with you all the time to reward a good behavior (going in the yard).
Start him out in a small area of the house...to keep an eye on him.

That's a good idea! I hadn't really thought about just treating him like a new puppy but that would probably work. I've got an "extra" room with an outside door that I keep a kennel in for Yogi so I could put one in there for Drago too. He's incredibly intelligent, I think he'd pick up on it very quickly.

Anyone have indoor Boxers and know if his shedding will decrease once we get him inside versus him being an outside dog?

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"momW" wrote:

That's a good idea! I hadn't really thought about just treating him like a new puppy but that would probably work. I've got an "extra" room with an outside door that I keep a kennel in for Yogi so I could put one in there for Drago too. He's incredibly intelligent, I think he'd pick up on it very quickly.

Anyone have indoor Boxers and know if his shedding will decrease once we get him inside versus him being an outside dog?

Yes, just start from scratch with him:0)
His shedding will decrease...(climate control)...you may need to give him a good bath, brushing, and vacuum:0) Use a soap free shampoo to prevent drying out his skin:0)

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Okay, I've set up a kennel in our extra room, I rolled up my brand new (very expensive) rug in the living room for now, and I'm having DH put up a run for him outside. It's basically going to consist of my clothes lines and a harness for him but it'll be a way I can get him outside for a bit without having to be right there with him the whole time. I'm really worried about getting him in the habit of pottying outside, I just don't have a ton of time right now and the little kids can't be left alone for long periods of time (even short periods of time while I let Yogi out sometimes result in destruction!). I'm going to call the groomers and see if they can do like an extreme grooming on him before I get him here at the house. I'm trying to cover all my bases before it's time Smile