We welcomed a new puppy into the family back in July of last year and boy has it been a learning experience for me. The experience has been a challenging one due to living on a farm, learning how to understand her barks/whines, and dealing with potty time.
Our last dog, Cody, was an outside dog and such a low maintenance dog. Lucy is our hypoallergenic inside dog, since I’m allergic to most breeds. Due to my allergies I’m very sensitive to dog odors. Yep, she smells like a dog and usually that smell is followed by a sneeze, but thankfully it doesn’t with her.
Since we live on a farm we don’t wear our shoes in the house so the poop that is tracked out of the barn on boots isn’t tracked into the house. With that said we have to keep her out of the barn and pasture areas, or she would be getting a bath every time she came inside. Unfortunately though she’s a dog so she gravitates to the cow pies, which are in the barns and pastures so keeping her corralled has been interesting. This spring we plan to install one of the invisible fences along the pasture fence line to keep her in the yard and out of the surrounding pasture. I can’t wait, because it would make letting her out so much easier!
She has been a little stinker to potty train due to her excited peeing problem, but she also occasionally squats whenever the urge hits no matter how much we let her out. She has learned where to relieve herself, and we have a routine, but she has yet to figure out how to tell us she has to go outside. We are still working on this one even at the age of 9 months.
There are so many aspects of having an inside dog that never crossed by mind. Such as: when it’s potty time and the weather is bad, grooming and how often, mud in her paws when the ground is soggy and wet, keeping her corralled until she dries off after playing in the snow, and the list goes on. However the most worrisome potty challenge is letting her out right before I head to bed and realizing a pack of coyotes is hunting and close by. So before I let her out I listen for the coyotes, and if there isn’t any yelping I let her out on her own, but if there is I put her on a lease and go out with her. In order for her to focus on going I have to make noise to shut the coyotes up, otherwise she misses her potty opportunity.
Despite all of the challenges it is worth having a family dog and all the fun and joy she brings. I said I wanted to experience having an inside dog, and boy am I experiencing it alright. I didn’t realize it would be similar to having another child, but boy has it been. I’ve heard things will get better as she gets older, so I’ll take the good with the bad and learn along with her.
What’s your 1st inside pet experience?