Po and Izzy are delicate loyal creatures that belong always with us. They are not equipped to deal with the rigors of out door living. Flies would bite their ears and cause hideous painful sores. Dirt would become ingrained into their precious paw pads and noses. Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes would prey on their blood and infect them with dire diseases. Temperature fluctuations would stress their systems and possibly even kill them! On top of all of the negative physical effects, they would get lonely!
So, what do you do if you have a dog that you feel will never acclimate to indoor living? Perhaps this dog has some highly undesirable habit? Perhaps it seems this dog will never be housebroken? Well, it's a LOT of vigilance and work. I really don't want to say that there are some dogs that may never learn how to live indoors with their humans. Some dogs might need 24/7 attendance for a long time before they get with the program of tolerable living. I know it took a while with Izzy. We went through an episode of regression and she was urinating in secret spots and pooing in front of Granny's big screen whenever our backs were turned. Today, she is still not fully in the circle of trust. I do not let her roam out of site when we are home, and she does get caged when we have to go out and leave her alone. She does hate this cage, but it saves aggravation and labor for us. I have studied when she is most likely to need to evacuate and I make sure that she goes out accordingly. Now she is happy to go out on her own and do her business. Sometimes when the weather is bad, she does still hoard it up a bit-but instead of sneaking off to burst in front of the T.V. she makes a mad dash for the yard. She has come a long way and it has taken a few months. This little post by no means covers everything it takes to make your dog a liveable house companion and every dog is different. Employ vigilance, be the pack leader- because that's what dogs need-and be tenacious and stubborn!