Should my rottweiler be moved into a pen
My healthy rottweiler is almost 10 yr old and we have her the last 7 years. She is always tied by a long rope in the back yard as she has never accepted children, they would be her only hate.
I have now been told she should be in a pen. When we got her she had been confined in one and was not a happy dog. Do you think it is a good thing to put her back into one now?
In my personal opinion dog should never be chained or tied up outside. They get lonely, bored and isolated. Dogs who are chained are more likely to be defensive, or even act aggressively, when approached by other pets or people because they feel trapped and at a disadvantage and therefore decide their 'best means of defense is a good offense'... this can lead to all sorts of trouble.
There are also inherent dangers in chaining or tying-out a dog, choking or hanging being the major ones.
However, as your Rottie has been tethered this way for years she has probably accepted this although it would be much better for her to be indoors with her family. This is what I would recommend as the best solution, perhaps you have a laundry room or mud room that she could call 'her own' or you could use baby-gates to confine her to the kitchen or whatever rooms you want her to access. At 10 years old there shouldn't be any issues with house training as she will naturally want to eliminate outdoors and will have full bladder/bowel control.
If this is impossible, then using a pen outdoors for her (with a nice warm bed and plenty of shade) would be better - and safer - than tying her on a rope. She may not like it, but I doubt she likes the rope either, and she would likely adjust given a little bit of time. Rottweilers are very loving dogs and really need to spend time with their owners rather than in isolation, so if there's any way you can improve her quality of life by bringing her indoors - even if only for part of the day - I would really recommend you try that.
Hope this helps, best of luck.