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As someone else has said, Goldens are puppy goofy for most of their life!! He was just so excited to go somewhere new. Next time, keep him on the leash inside the house. As we were told, you have to treat any new dog as if it were a puppy until they know your rules.
The first adult Golden mix we rehomed for someone, they, too, had a busy life with kids and felt sorry for the girl being alone for so long. We felt bad taking the dog from the kids (they were crying as we drove away) but it spent more time in its crate than it did interacting with the kids so it was the best thing for the dog. She did fine and of course LOVED all the attention from a no-kid home.
Give it another try, and I admire you for thinking about a non-puppy. Don't always know what you're getting as far as health but all three of mine have been adult dogs and have adopted extremely well to their new environment. You won't be sorry.
Good luck, and I'm glad you came here for advice, there is a lot of great people here with experience in every aspect of raising our dogs.
Tahnee's Love Bug MANDY born 08.17.15
At the Rainbow Bridge: Sunnyglen's Lil' Hussy: Flirty 01.05.05 - 05.21.15 hemangiosarcoma
Always in my heart, my beautiful Maggie at the Bridge 07.15.09, age 14