How to Make an Outdoor Dog an Indoor Dog. The truth be told: dogs should live inside. Inside is where their humans live--and human contact is what a domestic dog thrives on. Dogs get lonely and want to be with their family (pack), just like us!
Indoor dogs also tend to live longer, are less prone to disease, protected from extreme weather conditions and predators. They're basically safer and happier living inside. And why would you force a family member to live outside, anyway?
So what are you waiting for? Let your pooch come live inside with you--where she belongs. Here are some ways to do it.
Teach your dog basic training commands such as "sit" and "stay." These simple commands will stop your dog from undesirable indoor behavior such as chewing on furniture and your socks or jumping on company. There are many training options to choose from including doing it yourself or seeking the help of a professional trainer in a one-on-one setting or with a group.
Pick up anything you don't want your dog to chew on and make sure it's out of reach. This includes papers on the coffee table and food on the counter. Make sure all trash cans are covered. Cover or hide any exposed wiring.
Have a space with a soft bed or blanket for your dog to sleep on (that is if you don't want your dog in the bed; many people don't mind!). Be consistent with where your dog sleeps and your dog will become accustomed to it as long as it's comfortable.
Feed your dog human food from his bowl, never from the table. And always make sure it's pet-friendly human food.
Make sure your dog gets steady exercise and is not bored. Pent-up energy and boredom can lead to destructive, undesirable behaviors. Remember the saying: "a tired dog is a good dog."
Give your dog a good balance of indoor and outdoor time. Doggy doors suit this purpose well. Even if you have an enclosed yard, make sure your dog gets still gets additional exercise including structured walks. Off-leash dog parks and hiking trails are great for socialization and for giving your dog the exercise she requires.