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Old 07-21-2017, 03:40 PM
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If cleanliness is the main issue your parents have, would they let him inside if you gave him a bath/brush first or brought him to a groomer? Maltipoos should be relatively clean, low/no shedding dogs, but if he hasn't been groomed recently and lives outside, I can imagine his coat might be dirty and even matted. It might make a difference if they see him clean and well groomed!
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I agree that making sure he is groomed, trimmed and clean might help you make your case with your parents. I can tell you, Samantha, similar breed to yours, (PoodleBischon mix) does not shed, we groom her every month, she is brushed daily and is always very clean and sharp looking, and her color is snow white. We live in a large townhouse, that my wife has decorated, and Samantha in over the seven years we have had her, has destroyed nothing inside, ever.
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If they won't listen to you, would they listen to a vet's suggestion that the dog should be indoors?

I'd definitely be concerned about coyotes. The heat is an issue too, even with plenty of water.

I live on a farm and have a cat that was mainly outside, but will move with me and be indoors in 2 weeks. He was always fine, but for some reason he got heatsick and dehydrated this year - even with ample water. My parents agreed it was a major issue and caved to let him live in the guest house, which is air conditioned, until he moves.

So, it's scary to me. I had no idea he'd get ill like that.
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I'm so sorry for taking so long to reply! This week has been extremely hectic.
Training update: He's gotten quite good at sitting! At least in places with no distractions. I've begun the proofing process by moving from the garage to the backyard and there have been mixed results. I find that he ignores me sometimes for a piece of fruit lying on the ground or a toy. I think I've also been using too many treats. Treats are used for training, but they should be gradually weaned off or the dogs won't perform if there aren't treats around. I still can't find a good substitute for them though. I've also bought a sort of rope/belt leash so I can train him to walk nicely on a leash.
We do wash him once every couple weeks. Recently we shaved him so he doesn't look really dirty. I also used to groom him every couple days when he had a lot of hair. My mum just has a serious phobia for dirty things, she started yelling at me once for bringing a bucket into the house from the backyard. I doubt she'll ever let him in, especially since she and my dad have an "agreement" that he gets to keep the dog only if Rickie stays outside.
My dad has also been unhelpful. My mom has been willing enough to participate in training, but he refuses to acknowledge that his way is wrong (basically yelling at Rickie to get him to obey). My dad has a history of literally beating up Rickie for an hour whenever he chews something up. He doesn't do it anymore, but old thought patterns die hard.
They don't want to shell money on a vet either. Rickie has never had many health problems, so they don't see the point on going for visits. Rickie wasn't even licensed until last week, and only with a lot of complaining. My dad was going to refuse to pay for the license, even.
I don't know. Rickie has always been able to come into the garage, as I've already mentioned, and it is well ventilated and stays quite cool. Even on the hottest days. I'd describe the temperature there as mildly warm.
I'll definitely check out the training links, thank you.
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