Would Your House Be Convenient for a Golden Retriever?

david - Posted on 02 December 2010

When you’re contemplating getting a golden retriever, it’s only natural to wonder whether your home is suitable or convenient for dog ownership. Dogs, including golden retrievers, are marvelously laid back creatures. They don’t care if your furniture and drapes match, whether your crockery is pristine antique Wedgewood or cheap, chipped, bargain basement stuff, or whether you drive a Porsche, a beaten up old Hyundai, or nothing at all.

However, there are a few minimum requirements for a living space that’s intended to contain a golden retriever and their boundless energy. In fact, it’s this energy that is the main part of the equation in determining if your house is a good spot for one of these auriferous pooches.

Your house itself does not need to be particularly large. As long as there is enough room to lay down a dog bed, and space to set water and food dishes without stepping in them, there are no real space constraints for the indoors. It is the outdoor area that matters. If you are living in a tiny apartment in the midst of roaring freeways, with the nearest park twenty miles away, then a golden retriever is not for you, and a Chihuahua or Pekingese is probably better.

A golden retriever needs some kind of space where they can burn off energy. A nearby good-sized park, which you can reach with a quick walk, is acceptable. You can also make use of a medium to large yard, especially one that’s fenced so that your dog can exercise themselves when you’re too busy. A dog door leading out into a fenced yard is even better – some modern dog doors lock except when a collar-mounted electronic “key” approaches them, allowing your dog free egress and ingress, but keeping out other dogs, raccoons, and so on.

This is not essential, but if you live in an area with cloudy, short days in the winter, a sun lamp will make the house more convenient both to you and your dog. Both humans and people are subject to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) if their eyes are not stimulated with bright daylight every day, and avoiding the winter blues is good for both people and animals.

Ramps for the furniture or the bed might be needed when your golden retriever gets older and they are no longer able to jump as they were, in order to prevent injuries, depending on where they like to sleep. Most good pet supply catalogs sell ramps and they are fairly easy to make for home handyman types.