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I was also quite upset and scared when I got my puppy that she was the world's only aggressive Golden (a feeling many other new Golden puppy owners here have experienced). I didn't understand what was going on. This was 3 days in. Then my breeder said, "She is a puppy. She doesn't know anything except how to be a puppy. You have to teach her how to be a well behaved dog."
A lightbulb went on for me when he said that - and it totally changed how I approached her. I read a book then gave some insight into how puppies learn and everything changed. She learned really quickly, but it wasn't all sunshine and butterflies. She went through the predictable teen stage, and I remember standing on the sidewalk mortified while she had a full-on tantrum at about 7-8 months old.
But with consistency, and all positive reinforcement, no submission tactics, she grew into the best dog in the world. Hang in there. It is a LOT of work - but so worth it.