Is Golden Retriever suitable for my household?

Dog Breeds Is Golden Retriever suitable for my household?, So, in my family, we have been looking at the possibility of getting a Golden Retriever. For us, this would be our first dog. My household consists of me, my ...


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02-02-11, 06:27
  Is Golden Retriever suitable for my household?
So, in my family, we have been looking at the possibility of getting a Golden Retriever. For us, this would be our first dog. My household consists of me, my younger brother (aged 5 going on 6) and my mother (40). I used to have a great fear of large dogs although as i've gotten older and been out and about with my fathers springador i've grown more used to dogs and the fear has gradually gone away. However, my mother and brother are not all that comfortable around dogs. Mainly because of the lack of interaction they have had with them.

The whole idea of getting a dog was my own, and a Golden is one that stood out to me because it was a Golden Retriever that started to allow me to become confident around dogs, regardless of size and breed. The main reason I looked into it is that I think it would be good for me because it will make more active than I am already (the actual need to take it out etc) but can also help my mother deal with her stress issues and be a friend to my little brother and help him not grow up in fear of dogs.

One thing I have not mentioned so far is that my brother suffers Aspergers Syndrome. Now, while this isn't clinically diagnosed, it is a almost certainty that he does because of the way he behaves. There is no way he is just a "naughty" child. Ive looked into the idea of a service dog because as a elder brother at the age of 18, and having AS, and not having his father around all the time, I want him to be happy, and always have a friend. Having read reports and stories, a Golden is usually that. Perhaps someone knows if a Service dog is offered to AS children aswell as though on the more severe side of the austism spectrum?

(I know this is long but the research I have done so far (past week or so) hasn't been able cover everything I have asked above)


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02-02-11, 06:30
 
I already answered this question. NO! A large breed should not be in a household with people who are fearful or unsure of dogs. Look at the Australian Terrier instead.
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02-02-11, 06:33
 
(Adult with Asperger's)

While the idea of a dog providing company for someone with Asperger's is thoughtful and can work well, it needs careful consideration.
We vary enormously.
Some of us have sensitivities to sounds or smells or physical contact which could make a dog a bad idea, others are late to come into a developed "theory of mind", and may not be able to treat a dog appropriately: treating it like a toy rather than a feeling being, or having no established sense of the difference between gentle and painful treatment, especially when the dog does not behave as is desired.

I'm not simply saying "don't get a dog", but do give thought how the interaction may work out.


Personally I failed at having a cat. I looked after it, actually worried about it (Right food? Right amount? Looking healthy? Up-to date on medications?) but could not find any rapport, pleasure. It was just an important responsibility.
One of my bigger blind-spots, that lack of emotional connectivity, I later discovered.
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02-02-11, 06:35
 
In order to have a service dog, your brother must be disabled per the ADA. This means that he must have a physical, medical, or psychological activity that significantly negatively impacts one or more major life activity such a caring for ones self, walking, working, talking, thinking, etc... AND the dog must be trained to do something that he can not do for himself due to the disability. Making him happy and providing emotional support does NOT count. That is what an ESA does. To have an ESA, the person must be disabled, but the dog is not especially trained to mitigate the disability of the handler. The ESA is allowed in no pet housing with proper paperwork but is not allowed in non pet friendly public places.

ETA: I just caught that you are in the UK, not in the US. In the UK, they do not acknowledge ESAs, and have stricter disability laws/definitions. They also require their dogs to be certified, and I do not think they allow owner training like they do in the US.
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02-02-11, 06:45
 
if i were you id maybe get a golden retriever. they are very friendly dogs and as far as i know they are good with children and are very well behaved. but i think you should also consider getting a pointer. my sister is disabled and the dog takes very good care of her. they are good starter dogs if your family is uncomfortable with them because they are funny and have good natures. hope this helps
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02-02-11, 06:45
 
Golden Retrievers are a great addition to any household, mostly because they are great family pets, easy to train, and adorable.Since your brother has AS, you could consider getting a service dog, but sometimes it can be hard to get one.

First, take a minute to think about your lifestyle. Do you have a yard? Is there space in your house? Will you have time to walk and train the dog? Goldens need plenty of exercise and love humans. You need to be able to take sometime to train the dog, (basic commands such as sit, down, stay, etc.)

I would recomend getting an older dog, around the age of 1-6years old, just definantly not a puppy. You could get one from a shelter, or, some breeder and other people have dogs for sale. Good luck finding a dog and I hope I helped!
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02-02-11, 06:50
 
pfft don't listen to him, Golden's are very well known for being obedient dogs, smart and awesome family dogs. A golden may not necessarily be real energetic, all puppies are for a while, but as adults a retriever will match your energy for the most part. Golden's have also been known to be service dogs, they are very loyal and eager to please, tho the training starts from only days old and they can continue to train til 2 or 3 years old. It's not an easy process if you want a certified service dog. They are certainly smart enough and it might be a good way for your family and the new pup to bond if you train yourself, of course it couldn't be to the same extent but you can take steps to teach them to retrieve an object asked for, turn on and off lights, cabinets etc. I think this would be great for your family as long as you realize you have to be the one in charge, any puppy will develop bad habits if you do not take preventive measures, bond closely and be a good leader.
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02-02-11, 06:50
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sure why not. but they are the stupidest dog type
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02-02-11, 07:07
 
Golden retrievers are excellent family pets. They are generally well-behaved and intelligent dogs. That being said, research carefully where and from whom you get your dog. Getting the cheapest dog often means that you are getting an over-bred bitch or a sire with questionable background. Or from a backyard breeder and your dog may not be pure-bred, if that is what you are really looking for.

Now, as far as a service animal for your younger brother, the first thing regarding a service dog is there needs to be a verifiable disability. The simple fact is that a service dog does not have public access rights; it is only in the company of their disabled handler that they are allowed in public. So, the first test is having a verifiable disability. The second test...the dog has to be trained in a task that somehow mitigates the individual's disability. It cannot be simply that the dog is a comfort to the disabled person. That is an emotional support animal and does not have public access with its handler. The dog has to mitigate the disability with a task. It has to be a trained task, not something the dog does naturally. It takes approximately two years to train a dog to be a service dog.

You need to do more homework and research on this. I will also say that if there is any possible fears or anxieties regarding larger sized dogs, you should not get a golden or a labrador as a first dog. Dogs feel and react to anxieties in their environment and too much of that will over-stress a dog and cause behavioral issues. You mention your mother has stress issues; you have a brother who may or may not be Autistic and you want the dog to be more active yourself. I would suggest looking into a ESA or home companion dog as opposed to a full fledged service dog to start with. Or look into organizations that train dogs to be service dogs for autistic children. While the wait may be a year or two or longer, that is time for your brother to have a proper diagnosis and have a medical and educational plan in place that will best suit his needs; before you bring a dog into this mixture.
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