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Does your Golden Roam the Home?

It may sound like an odd Thread but I am curious to know about other peoples dogs.


My Happy came into my home at about 4 years of age and she only stayed in the main areas.



This meant that she had no interest in more than half the home. I believe if the temperature was right, she

would have wanted to live outside, with me of course.



UPSTAIRS: Kitchen/Living Room/ Hallway/Doorway/1Bedroom(seldom)



DOWNSTAIRS: RecRoom/Office/Hallway



As for my new Puppy Maya, I have to close doors to keep her out. But she is after all a puppy.



So my question is, Does your Golden Roam the Home?

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Yes! My Albert goes around the house sniffing around especially kitchen area after we go to bed. He loves going to bathroom too. He doesn’t do anything bad but one day he ended up eating my coconut soap!
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Mine are allowed to roam as long as Iím home. They rarely get out of sight by their choice. They are in their crates whenever Iím gone. At night, itís either their crates or confined to my room.


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Mine get to be loose in only select areas. Like this morning, I had to drive somebody to work and my dogs were left loose in the lower level of our house (big rec room, bathroom, computer room, my bedroom - there's a couple other rooms, but we keep those doors shut).

They've had free range of this area since they were puppies.

Both my dogs quickly identified this whole area as "theirs". IF my mom was watching the dogs for me while I'm out of town, she says that she keeps the door to upper floor open for them to come up - but other than coming up to keep tabs on her, they'd go back downstairs to sprawl across the tile floor down there.

If I'm upstairs - I typically keep them with me. So baby gate goes up to keep them in the living room primarily while I work. I don't like them being out of sight.

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Ours are free to roam the house but they are always under your feet anyway...
When we leave the house, they are separated into different rooms by baby gates.

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Mine are allowed to go wherever I go, but I don't like them being out of sight. Our poodle is an acrobat and a thief - a dangerous combination, since he can steal things you would think are out of his reach. Our Golden is more trustworthy, but I'd still rather know where he is. In any case, they both usually choose to be with or close to a human. When we go out, the poodle is crated and the Golden is left loose in the living room (with the door closed).

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When she was a puppy, she was only allowed to be where I could see her, which in reality, was most of the house. I closed the bedroom doors and baby gated off the stairs down to the door.

As an adult, she has full run of the house, but she is almost always in my sight. (My house is not huge and we basically live on the main floor). When I'm not home, the evidence suggests she sleeps on my bed, or on the couch, and sometimes goes downstairs where it's cooler in the warmer months.

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I'm so glad you brought this up! So Duke, our 8 year old, has had complete free roaming rights since he was about 2 years old. It doesn't matter if we are home or not, he is free. He never gets into anything, and I completely trust him....

Moe, or 11 month old, is gated in our mud room unless we are home. If we are home he has to stay where I can see him. He can travel with me wherever I am in the house, but I need to be within ear shot of him. He's a puppy, and all puppy!! He gets into everything. He's very well trained but the minute he thinks he can get away with it he steals things he shouldn't have. He also has a fascination with anything paper; tissues, paper towels, toilet paper. He snatches it and runs. We still gate him in "his room" at night. He is fine in there, but I'm trying to figure out how long before we will be able to trust him like we do Duke? Right now it seems like YEARS.
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When she was a puppy, she was only allowed to be where I could see her, which in reality, was most of the house. I closed the bedroom doors and baby gated off the stairs down to the door.

As an adult, she has full run of the house, but she is almost always in my sight. (My house is not huge and we basically live on the main floor). When I'm not home, the evidence suggests she sleeps on my bed, or on the couch, and sometimes goes downstairs where it's cooler in the warmer months.
Ours is exactly the same. Rukie got unsupervised free roam a little bit at a time (an hour then 2...) around 10 months old because he is very good about not getting into stuff he's not supposed to.


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I think the answer as to freedom within the home depends on several factors. Our previous Golden, River, had full reign of our home after he gained this freedom via age and experience with him. When he was a puppy, and especially during those teething/chewing months, he did his share of damage to remotes, shoes, etc. We never had any experiences with him chewing on wiring, which Brody, our new pup seems to look for.

In time, I allowed River to be in my SUV with the windows cracked on cooler days when I went into a store or talked with a friend for a few minutes, but I never left him in a vehicle for an extended time. Likewise, when I first began allowing River to remain in the vehicle for short periods, I was usually within eyesight so I could see if he was laying down or sitting up. I wanted to be able to see if he was chewing on the door or scrapping at the door to try and get out. He never did those things, so in time, I wasn't as worried about keeping River and the vehicle in my sight, but again, we never let him in a vehicle for more than a few minutes.

Now we have Brody, an 11-week old puppy. He is into everything his teeth can find. I think this is pretty much a normal trait at such a young age, so he is never anywhere in our home unattended. We're also in the house training stage, so if he disappears even for a few seconds, he's probably sniffing out a place to pee or poo, so when he takes off, we immediately take him outside which at this stage in training is about every 30 minutes when he's awake. When we leave the home for an hour or so, Brody is safe and secured in his kennel (collar removed). At his age, I would never let him alone in the house outside of his kennel for any length of time.

So, as you can probably sense, in time, and through proven experience with Brody, we will gradually give him more freedom in baby steps for longer periods, but for now, caring for him is much like carry for an infant or toddler. Just as with children, you learn through time, observation and experience where your comfort levels should be. You develop kid of a sixth sense so you pretty much know what they are doing at all times. LOL

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