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Question by Cookie
Submitted on 4/2/2004
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I absolutely adore golden retrievers. The only problem is that I live in an apt building. I was wondering if anyone knew if Goldens can adapt to the apt lifestyle?
Iam prepared to walk it in the morning before I go to work and a long walk after work.

Answer by Mike
Submitted on 4/5/2004
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While it's possible with an enormous amount of effort to keep a Golden in an apartment setting, it's not the best for the dog.

Golden Retrievers were created to be a working gun dog, so they are active, funloving, and needy of physical activity. Goldens need to get out and run each day for their own well being. If they don't get adequate exercise, they will find a way to release the extra energy, usually resulting in mischief.

I would recommend waiting until you had more space available before bringing a Golden into your life.


Answer by G
Submitted on 4/25/2004
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Although probably a big back yard is most suitable for a Golden, there are many living in New York City. (I was a Golden New Yorker for 15 years.)

Plenty of walks and romps in the park and you should have a happy pup. I've found that the Golden's number one concern was to be with his/her human.


Answer by Rontu
Submitted on 5/14/2004
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I have two dogs, including a Golden Retriever and I live in an Apartment. They get along great. I take them out every evening for a walk/play session. A yard is overrated, in my opinion, because many people only let their dogs out in the yard when they are home anyway, so why not just take them outside to a park or something when you get home and let that be your yard? I think I actually spend more time with my dogs than some people with yards because I'm forced to take them for several walks a day so they can do their business instead of just opening up the back door.


Answer by PATTY
Submitted on 7/22/2005
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I have lived in an apartment and houses with a big back yard, and my golden is basically comatose until I get home from work anyway, and then he is like Santa Clause on prosac.  He gets his excercise inside chasing after his ball. I am moving into an apartment again soon. Goldens do just fine in an apartment as long as you are there.


Answer by Mike H
Submitted on 5/2/2007
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Our 11 wk old puppy is puppy biting how log will this go on and what do we need to do?


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