|Thinking about adopting a Golden
||[Jun. 1st, 2011|11:57 am]
For Those Who Love Golden Retrievers
My partner and I have an opportunity to rescue a 9-month-old Golden Retriever, whose owner can’t keep him because of changes in circumstances. We would be this guy's third home so we’re not taking this opportunity lightly, and we want to make sure that if we decide to adopt this puppy, we will be his forever home. |
We had been thinking about getting a dog for a little while before this came up, and I’ve been reading about positive training, etc. I feel like we have a good idea of the responsibilities that having a dog would entail, and we’re both dedicated to taking a training class if we decide to take this puppy home, to make sure we get it right. I still have three questions for you guys that would help us figure out what is the right thing to do, and I want to hear from people with experience with Goldens, not just google:
1)For those of you who live in big cities with big dogs, how much of a problem do you think it would be not to have a car? My partner and I have don’t, although we have access to one through a car-sharing network, and I’m worried that it will be an issue. In terms of daily life, we live close to a huge park, an off-leash area, and a couple of vets, so I’m not too worried about that, it’s more for occasional trips. I’m just curious to hear about people’s experiences having big dogs and no car of their own.
2)What should we look for / ask about before we adopt this guy? We’re going to visit him in his current home tomorrow and this will most likely be the only time we can see him before we have to make a decision. We’ve already been told he has a clean bill of health, has been neutered, has a great character and is well-trained (relatively to him being 9-month-old, I assume!). Obviously we can check for some of that when we meet him, and ask for all the paperwork, but I’m wondering if there are any red flags we should be aware of, or anything that we should keep in mind as we meet the dog and talk to the current owner? I had never thought of rescuing an older puppy, and not in this situation (aka not from a rescue), and I don’t want us to miss anything.
3) Do Golden do OK in an apartment? I keep reading conflicting things on this topic (some people say 'they're huge, they need a house' and others say that they're calm dogs who are happy to lie down for most of the day). I work from home so he would not be left alone often, and we have two cats who will keep him company. We would obviously take him out several times a day, and I was picturing at least one walk featuring a lot of exercise (aka fetch, jogging, etc.). I’m also aware we can get him toys for mental stimulation and we’d like to do some training of tricks so that I can do 15mns of that occasionally during the day. We can do all that but we can’t change the fact we don’t have a yard (we do have a balcony though), and I don't know how problematic that would be. I don’t want to create a bad living situation for this dog who really needs a good home.
Thanks so much for your insight and your help!
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