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Hello
I have a chance to adopt a 3 months old Golden Retriever puppy.
Love dogs. Had a German shepherd for 14 Years.
My question is if 3 months is maybe a little bit late for adopting u puppy or not?
And is a Golden Retriever good family dog? I dont plan for my dog to stay on the leash or something Like that.
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Goldens are almost always wonderful family dogs, and no, 3 months isn't late. In fact it may give you an advantage in that the puppy may have a good start on housebreaking or if not, be more capable of understanding and "holding it" for longer periods.

As to your not stay on a leash remark, I hope you don't mean you plan to let your dog run loose. Dogs need to be on a leash when not in fenced yards for their own safety and in most cases for compliance with laws.
 

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Goldens are almost always wonderful family dogs, and no, 3 months isn't late. In fact it may give you an advantage in that the puppy may have a good start on housebreaking or if not, be more capable of understanding and "holding it" for longer periods.

As to your not stay on a leash remark, I hope you don't mean you plan to let your dog run loose. Dogs need to be on a leash when not in fenced yards for their own safety and in most cases for compliance with laws.
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I meant in courtyard...he can be free in a big courtyard ...
And sleep on a couch of course 😃
 

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I didn't get one of the best dogs I ever owned until she was two yeas old.

As for not keeping the puppy on a leash, while some dogs naturally tend to stay closer to their humans, expecting a baby not not get distracted and/or wander off sometimes is unrealistic. You have to make coming to you when you call them the best thing ever, with generous treats and praise, and also by not making every recall mean that play time is over. Outside of an enclosed or otherwise safe location, then yes, they should be on a leash until you are 99.99% certain that they understand staying within a certain distance of you and coming back to you every time you call them. Some dogs never reach that point.
 
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