I am also considering a golden retreiver, so I am wondering if anyone can lindly answer the below questions, but with to replace the word "pitbull(s)" with "golden retreiver(s)" (sp.?)??Hi, I am seriously considering a pitbull as a pet and I'm going to move to the suburbs in about three years; I'm living in an apartment building that doesn't allow dogs, so I'm wondering if in general pitbulls are barkers. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that they are not generally suspiscious like rotweillers are, so this begs the question: Do pitbulls bark a lot at noises that they hear or at people? When they do bark, how long does the barking last? I understand that wolves bark like once, then zip their lips.

Are pitbulls like that? Have you ever known a pitbull who hardly ever barked? Do those anti-barking dog-shock collars work on pitbulls, or they're tollerance for pain is too high? What are some things that make a pitbull bark? I can't wait three years to get a dog, and I have one now that is coming to the end of its life and I've been able to conceal its presence from my neighbors for the past 15+ years, so I'm hoping that this is possible to hide conceal a pitbull's precence, or maybe their bark is too loud? Oh yeah, most importantly, can they be trained to doo-doo and wee-wee on newspapers? Thanx in advance.

Chris
Both breeds will "announce" and both breeds (all breeds) can be "boredom barkers". Forget the electronic no-bark collars... Try training.
Trust me; you don't want to paper train dogs of the sizes of either of these breeds. They have large bladders, for starters. Consider litter box training. Better yet, get home from work and walk the dog, get home from the evening out and walk the dog. But if you're going to be gone that much of the time, get a cat.
Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia
Trust me; you don't want to paper train dogs of the sizes of either of these breeds. They have large bladders, for starters. Consider litter box training.

I was thinking of litterbox training, maybe with newspapers inside, or using one of those concrete mixers like people who have indoor servals, lynxes and cougars use. Do they make giant litter boxes?
But if you're going to be gone that much of the time, get a cat.

I'm allergic.
I need to apologize for the last two posts. I'm off my meds because my Atikins book says you can't take zoloft and do Atkins at the same time. The personsaying tht I should be arrested for animal cruelty whenas I consider my dog my son, was the breaking point.