Our Rocky is 3 months. He is completely potty trained and only lasted about 2 weeks in a pen in my daughter's room. He uses the pads. For some reason, he prefers napping and sleeping in the garage! Our garage is a play room with couches and arcade games, pool table and I just leave that door open and he will disappear and go nap/sleep in there. I'm home all day I assume it's the only place that is quiet and mommy isn't cleaning.
He loves playing in the back yard. He walks great on the leash and he loves to be trained. He will run to me and sit. Follow me and sit. I know it's because he wants to train to get his small 'treats'. He knows where I keep the broom that he loves to chase. He loves to be brushed, which I do 2 times a day. He acts like he's going to bite the brush but just gets all relaxed and one of my favorite times I spend with him is brushing telling him how much I love him.
I'll leave the shower door open because he loves to go in there and he barks at the drain. When he's quiet, I go looking for him because I know he has 'something'. And there he goes - mommy's no fun, she takes things from me. Although he's not in a crate/pen, we have so many gates up it looks like we have a toddler. My living room/dining room are gated. Stairs, office, family room, gated. My son came home from college this week and learned quickly why we keep the bathroom door closed -- he had to clean up the toilet paper mess
Last Saturday, we gave him a bath, he was so fluffy and beautiful. We took him to local outdoor mall by the ice rink and ferris wheel and we couldn't get 5 feet. He was just adored and people just came and pet him. Big guys, teen agers, lots of kids, toddlers. It was so heartwarming, and seemed after that past Friday, it was very appreciated and many parents thanked us! His dad is a therapy dog. So there was Rocky, letting everyone pet him, rolling over, ohhing and awing. He just soaked it up. And the conversations we had with other Golden owners were nonstop.
Everyone was taking pictures of him, him and their kids, etc. Even the valet guy came over and told me he grew up with 3 Goldens and petted him and said "he has his puppy bump on his head". Everyone asked "can I pet him?" We walked buy a restuarant and had people come out to see him. It was incredible. Had tons of people ask me for the breeders number. They couldn't believe how calm, gentle and he is just so adorable and a big huge soft fur ball.
I don't know, we lost our lab in July and maybe it's just us, after losing Max we were devastated. Rocky seems to be a gift from heaven.