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Old 01-13-2013, 12:53 AM
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Do you & your goldens live in a house, aparment, condo, city, ranch?

Do you think a golden could do good in an apartment?
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:06 AM
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We live in a townhouse. Kea is a pretty mellow girl and after her morning walk, she is content to lay on the couch for most of the day. I think it all depends on YOUR lifestyle - willingness to take the dog out for a walk (dogs must be on leash as per our HOA and we live near a semi-busy street, so this means we are out with her on leash at least 3-4 times a day in all weather) and how the dog would fit in to that lifestyle. Kea goes almost everywhere with us, we participate in AKC obedience and conformation, and I'd argue that her doggie life could easily trump those in a bigger house with a fenced in yard who get far less interaction with their people
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GRs are fine in apartments if their owners are committed to exercising them at least twice a day. If there are places for the dog to run free nearby, that's best, but leash walking is great too. But if the dog lays around all day, that will cause problems for everyone.

It's a bit harder with a puppy,mbecause of potty training. Golden Retriever heaven probably looks like a couple acres of open land with a pond for swimming, but most of us don't provide that! LOL.

We live in a small house with a small fenced back yard. We generally take the dogs to the dog park once a day, and let them play in the back yard when they wish.
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We are in a pet friendly apartment complex with two dogs, a cat, a fish, and two people in a two bedroom, two bath apartment.

Pandora can go out without a leash, she won't stray far, October is a runner. Our complex encourages tie-outs for the dogs as each apartment has a good sized 'yard' in front of it. We have about 20 by 15 yards that October can reach, and we put a kiddie pool out in the summer.

We also go to the dog park usually 6 days a week for about an hour or so. Pandora HATES the cold and snow and is a generally lazy dog. She is more content to nap in a bed or next to you on the couch than anything else really. We are looking for a house though, for when our lease ends.
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I have the luxury of living in a house, in the country, larged fenced in yard, lots of my property around to walk my three dogs.
That said, my husband was in the military for 20 years and we moved around a lot with our then goldens. We lived in townhouses and apartments without any yard. It just means going out for walks first thing in the morning, but actually, that is what I still am doing even in the country. I actually have the luxury of being home, so I walk my boys 5-6 times a day and they have free access to the fenced in yard, whenever they want.

Goldens adjust very well and they are happy as long as you are with them and take them for walks. Size of house or apartment does not matter to them.
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We're in a one bedroom apartment and Shadow does okay. They have a dog area in the back for quick pee trips - and then we take him for a lot of walks.

We'll probably move to a house in the next six months or so.
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We are in a large colonial on almost 3 acres. Before that in a smaller home with less than 7000sq feet. Gabby loves the bigger yard and I saw her make a move to more confidence when she is outdoors. She is my rescue and I have had her 9 years.
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several acres on a river--good life for the dogs.

I could easily see living in city/apartment with my golden.....but not my lab.
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We live in a town house with a very small yard. We have a park 2 blocks away that we go to when its not raining. We also do a lot of playing inside since it rains a lot where we live.
I think a golden would do good in a apartment if the owner is willing to take the time for walks and such.
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Do you & your goldens live in a house, aparment, condo, city, ranch?

I live in a apartment with my boy. There's a park 10 minutes away walking and he gets plenty of exercise if not he turns into a huge brat


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