Anyone have a large house dog?

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  1. Ima Teacher

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    The farm dog is getting ready to become a house dog, and I could use some tips for keeping a large dog in the house. She's been house trained by someone else, but she's had the run of the farm for a little over two years, so she may have forgotten.

    She'll have a doghouse and tie out in the back yard. We're looking into fencing part of the yard, but it will take awhile to get done. In the house she'll have a bed and a crate.

    All of my friends with house dogs have dogs under 20 pounds. Are big dogs really that much different? Any tips for keeping a big dog happy inside?

    She'll rarely be by herself since DH and I don't work the same hours. When we're out together, she'll be crated. If we have to be gone for more than a few hours, she'll go to "grandma" who has a large, fenced yard.

    She's a 65 pound Alaskan husky, in case that matters.
     
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    We had two big dogs inside in Idaho. We never had any problems with them. I think what helped was that we had a doggy door, so they could go outside whenever they wanted. With the doggy door, we didn't have to have anything else to keep them occupied or entertained inside. They would just lay and sleep a lot when they were inside.
     
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    I love the idea of a dog door. My dog was a big outside dog in a fenced yard, but he had a dog door into half of the garage. He'd hang around my dad when he was working in the wood shop, but he really preferred being outside with all the action.
     
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    One of my best friends has a yellow lab and a golden retriever. They are both house dogs. Lucy (the lab) is 15 years old and VERY well trained. (Angela can tell her to got check on her pup and she runs to check on Angela's son, it's so cute!) She stands in middle of the living room and stares at them until they let her out. She will bark, once, if they don't respond after a few minutes. She's really polite. Daisy, on the other hand, isn't as well trained. She's a moose. She's huge and doesn't listen as well. A worker at Petsmart suggested they hang a bell by the back door and they trained Daisy to ring it when she wants to go out. She walks up and hits it with her nose. It's cool to see. They don't have a large house, but the dogs are well behaved. (Angela and her husband will talk for the dogs, they are a hoot, their boys don't agree, but we do! lol)
     
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    My sister has a Siberian husky who does this as well. It's crazy how smart dogs are! I have a German Shepherd who is largely an inside dog. She knows to go stand at the door when she needs to go out. While she's inside, she mainly lays around and sleeps and keeps guard - a.k.a. barking relentlessly at anyone who dares come near our house.

    Anyways, I don't believe little house dogs are any different than big house dogs. As long as they have sufficient exercise and stimulation, they should be fine. Keep some bones and a few chew toys on hand to keep her occupied. She'll be fine. :thumb:
     
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    We have four doors to the outside, and we want to make sure to use the back door with her all the time to keep consistency. The bells would be a good way for her to let us know she needs to go out.

    She's clever, but not really good at listening.

    I'm nervous because we've never had house dogs. I'm sure we'll adjust just fine. I love dogs, so I'm excited that she's coming to live with us. DH bought her as a guard dog for the farm, but now that the farm has sold, she's going to guard the house. :)
     
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    We have a golden retriever that is a house dog. I am trying to get her to enjoy being outside. But, there are issues with big house dogs:

    1. She needs a bath--often.
    2. I have to vac often.
    3. She is well behaved, but loves to spend the night in the guestroom bed.
     
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    We have a large dog. All our dogs have always been house dogs.

    Ours sheds a lot, and so there's always dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, and de-linting.

    Ours doesn't seem to need many baths. She smells good and is clean. We usually only bathe her when she's been rolling around in the mud or something in the backyard.

    She's tall and can reach things on countertops. We had to make sure that was trained well enough to not jump up onto those places and snatch things that aren't hers.

    She loves the cat. I mean, she really loves the cat and treats him like a pack member. This includes putting his entire head in her mouth. She never hurts him by biting down or anything...she just leans over him with her mouth on his head. It's very bizarre.

    She's heavy, so I can't pick her up. I don't normally have a reason to, so this is fine.

    She needs an elevated food bowl to prevent neck/back injuries from having to lean down too far to eat. You can buy food/water stands at any pet store.

    She has a big, scary bark, which is a great deterrent for burglars or other people who don't need to be here. It can be irritating when she hears unusual noises that she doesn't like, such as the garbage truck at 6 AM. I appreciate her telling the garbage collectors who's boss and to stay away...but I also like to sleep in during the summer. :lol:
     
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    We have a black lab in the house and a black lab terrier in the house. They both do awesome!

    Are you sure the dog can handle a crate? One of ours loves her crate, the other one melts down in a crate. So, we crate 1 and then installed a gate in our kitchen so the other one doesn't have free run of the ENTIRE house, just a portion.

    Have an exercise plan ... daily walks as a minimum.

    Work on training on what to do when a visitor rings the door bell, comes in the door, etc. When our door bell rings, we tell the dogs to "get in your spot" (trained this with a clicker) and they stay there until they are told.

    GOOD LUCK!
     
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    I think large dogs are better indoors (I think large dogs are better in general. :) ). They tend to nap more, they aren't as excitable, and they aren't as aggressive. They also tend to bark less.

    Just move any low knick knacks you might have.

    And decide with the rest of your family what the rules will be about furniture and sleeping - and then make sure everyone enforces them.
     
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    Do we have the same dog?!? The one thing you pointed out that I want to reiterate is that if they can reach the counter, they just may! Daisy is a good dog, but she is also an opportunist. If we leave something on the counter she wants, she will wait patiently and then snag it when we aren't looking. A new loaf of bread? Gone. The chicken breasts that were thawing for dinner? Gone. You get the idea... However, if I leave groceries on the floor (like baking supplies when I have a big weekend of baking coming up) she won't touch them. But my mom's little dog goes through them like mad!
     
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    We have always had large dogs. (Boxers, and now lab mixes). Even though we live in the country, our dogs are indoor dogs. Other than keeping food off the counter, the usual sweeping, vacuuming and cleaning each week, and having a bed for them to lay in, we don't do anything different. Our lab mixes are 3 now-and they are brother and sister. So, we do have the occasional sibling fighting. A good yelling at stops them!
    When we get home from work, we let them run around the yard for a while. It does the trick!
     
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    My friend doesn't crate her dogs. Daisy sleeps on her rug in her special spot in the living room. Lucy (the older one) sleeps on the rug next to their bed. Daisy is the only one who has ever taken anything from the bar. My friend left sandwich meat out one day and when she came home it was gone. Daisy was one sick little dog until she threw up the plastic bag. She hasn't stolen food since! Lucy has my friend's husband wrapped around her paw. He trained her to be a duck dog, then on their first hunting trip he saw her shivering in the water. He picked her up and put her in his lap and she never went hunting again. Now, he goes home every day during his lunch break to let the dogs out. They just found out that Lucy has cancer. They are giving her the pills and watching her closely. :(
     
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    I have a rather large golden retriever. She is very opportunistic. We pretty much keep all food off of the counter, tables, and stove unless we are preparing it or eating it. She loves to nab food when we aren't looking.

    If you leave bags on the floor with anything she wants in them, she will take things out when you aren't around, so we put meat, bread and other of our dogs preferred meals right away. Baking supplies and things in boxes aren't interesting to her.

    The garbage is another area. She can actually take things out of the garbage can, so we have one with a lid to prevent her from being able to go in. She loves cans of anything with sauce so she will pull them out and lick them. She also loves leftovers.

    We don't crate anymore put have a dog bed for her in our room. She mostly likes to sleep on the cold bathroom floor though.
     
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    On another note, does the husky you are looking at getting, jump fences or dig holes. My parents watched a husky for a few weeks who was constantly jumping their backyard fence (5 feet tall) or digging underneath it. The holes were enough to drive my parents crazy.
     
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    I've heard horror stories of rodents and other small animals coming in through doggy doors... :unsure: yick.
     
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    They make doggy doors these days that are locked and only "open" when the dog is near. There's a little transmitter that you keep on the dog's collar that activates the door.
     
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    We just might!

    Ours is an opportunist as well, so if there is something she really wants, she'll find a way to get it.

    Indy has a special hankering for ... toilet paper rolls! She always sneaks into the bathroom and looks around for them. Sometimes we'll hide one in there on the floor or on the ledge of the bathtub and she gets SO excited when she finds one. It's actually pretty cute to watch her act like she pulled one over on us.... :)
     
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    Oh, and Indy loves her crate. We move it around the house depending on where we are and what time it is: during the daytime, her crate is in the living room near the front door, and at night it's in our bedroom. We keep the kennel door open and she often sits in there and chills, just all on her own. She is very relaxed in her crate and would miss it if we got rid of it.

    Our other dog really dislikes being in her own kennel but loves sitting in Indy's for some reason, probably a dominance issue but who knows. Like someone else, and I've already forgotten who, we keep our other dog in the kitchen with a baby gate when we're out. Both dogs have free access to the whole house when we're home.
     
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    Macey was a 65-pound hound mix living in an one bedroom apartment. She laid around and slept. I just had to put things up that she like to eat and can knock over with her tail. She was crated during the day and slept with me at night. Ima, it will take your dog some adjustments but will do well.

    She passed away last year. I am planning on getting a dog this year (another hound mix for my duplex)
     
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    We don't have our big dog inside the house. After reading the stories of the dogs stealing food off the counters, I thought about the story my hubs told me about the dog that lived with him and his roommates. It was a great dane. They had a cook out one day and had just taken some steaks off the grill. Yep! You guessed it, 5 seconds after putting the plate down, the steaks were GONE! And this dog also had her own couch and heaven help anyone who was caught sitting on her couch!
     
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    We have two Bernese mountain dogs and they are indoor dogs. They like a soft spot to sleep, and cool tile to lay on in the summer.

    They need a lot of water and I keep a towel under the bowl for when they slop.

    Many dogs like a soft chew toy; Bridget carries one around when she is excited.

    I brush them a lot and they get a bath every few months.

    I love the companionship of the pups and they are very friendly so they like company.

    We made it a rule to not allow them on the couch and to not feed any table scraps; they don't pay any attention to people food and they could easily help themselves to food off the counter.
     
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    She's not a digger, but boy she can jump! We already figured out that a baby gate would be useless with her. She can jump it. We have doors we can use to limit her to the kitchen, dining room, and living room area.

    I think she'll like the hardwood and vinyl flooring because it stays cool. In the winter she loves snow. She'll climb on snow piles and take naps.
     
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    Our Boxer has always lived inside. For a while, we put him in his crate while we were gone during the day, until he grew out of tearing things up. During that time, we had a pillow, blanket and toys in his crate so he didn't feel like he was in trouble.

    Now, he's older and calmer and he just has the run of the house while we're gone. We let him out to potty before we leave in the morning, at lunch (if we come home), and then as soon as we get home for the day. We put him in the backyard for exercise in the evenings when it's cooler.

    I only ever had small dogs growing up, but a well-trained large dog isn't any more trouble, as far as I'm concerned. He gets a little worked up when visitors come, but we can still put him in the crate if we need to.
     
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    Just fyi if you're interested, they make dog gates that are much higher than baby gates. I found this one and we have used it for 6 years, very durable. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=12521
     
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    I used to have 3 large dogs in the house. An 85 pound alaskan malamute, 56 pound lab mix (Mya), and a 65 pound german shepard/mal mix. I actually think they are easier then small dogs. Inside they would just lay down. We just made sure they got plenty of exercise.

    We now have Mya still and Quinn who is around 30 pounds.

    my mom's little dog is always under foot and jumping for treats and so on.
     
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    We have two 100 pound labs that are indoor dogs. Our dogs just nudge the door handle when they want to go out. If we are not in a room near the back door, our younger one comes and nudges us and then heads to the back door. We don't use crates and our dogs have free range of the downstairs. I do recommend a Dyson Animal if you are going to get one that sheds!!!
     
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    OMG! Our dogs must all be triplets! My lab/demon mix acts the same way.

    As long as I take her on a walk at least once a day, she's okay. If I don't, she gets antsy and destructive.
     
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    "Lab/demon mix" :lol:

    Ours is half chow, half German Shepherd. I'm wondering if she doesn't have a little demon mixed in there too.

    I think everyone needs to share some pictures. :)

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    SDC11356 by Cassie753, on Flickr

    This is Indy's goofy face. She doesn't look as big as she is, but she's really beefy and much, much heavier than you'd expect. The vet techs are always surprised because she weighs like 20 lbs more than they expect her to.

    Our little schnoodle Hoshi is in the background.
     
  31. Ima Teacher

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    This is the girl who has been the topic of my conversation. This was at Easter. She was giving me the stink eye for making her wear a sweater. She looked cute in it, though.

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    This is Lucy. She's the older of my friend's dogs.
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    Your dog is adorable Ima! She kind of reminds me of my Mya.
     
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    Here's Tonkasaurus (aka Tonky Tonk). She's just over 2 years old now.

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    I have never figured out how to post pictures!!!!!!!!
     
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    KU, if you post your pic on photobucket FIRST, you'll get an option to get the <img> code for it. Copy that in your post and we'll see it. :)

    (Girl, you are TOOOO tech savvy not to know that. LOL) ;)
     
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    ku~the way I do it is to upload the pics to photobucket. Mouse over the pic and it gives you 3-4 options, choose the IMG code, copy it and paste it into the text box.
     
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    :lol: band, we posted at the same time!
     
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    Here's our big dog. She stays outside:
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    Here's our lil boy. He's an inside dog:
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    Here's the both of them:
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    Here's our Gunner. He'll be 6 in August.

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    I have three inside dogs: one is little, one is medium (tall, but skinny) and the other is "big" (a very fat Basset Hound who's over 85 pounds.) So while he weighs a lot, he's low to the ground. We have a dog door.
     

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