Hi , like many I have been reading the boards for a while now. We have an 8 month old Golden named Indiana Jones, Indy for short or these days everyone is calling him Big Boy. He is already over 70lbs (not over weight at all) and the vet said he's not done growing quite yet.
We also have an Australian Shepherd named Piper who is 20 months old. She has lots of energy and can run and play for hours. But she is also a perfect angel, very well behaved, so easy to train, and my husband even taught her to do tricks. People often stop us on walks to fawn over her, and she loves the attention.
Indy on the other hand has been the total opposite to Piper. I cannot even walk him without my husband because he drags me down the street. He is constantly causing trouble, doesn't obey me and even though he has plenty of toys he likes destroying carpet, floor boards and anything else that catches his fancy. He also climbs on counters and in the sink to steal food. This summer he ate entire bowel of grapes drying in the sink, while the family was outside swimming (he pushed the kitchen door open went in while no one was looking) Luckily $300 in vet bills and blood tests later he was perfectly fine.
We have working to train him since the day we brought him home. He has done classes, and even a private home trainer. He does well in all training but the minute the least comes off, and my husband goes to work, he is looking for trouble. He knows what all the commands mean so if I say "off" he gets off the counter but as soon as I turn or leave the room he is back up. We do 4 play sessions a day with the dogs, they are free to run around the back yard, he plays with Piper all day and I attempt to walk him so I know he can't be bored. So why the bad behavior?
The main reason I turned to these boards is to see if his behavior is just Indy or a Golden puppy thing. From what I've been reading on the puppy boards, many Goldens behave this way.
We have decided to get him "fixed" this month because a few vets, friends, and breeder have said that it will help his behavior. We love our Indy very much, he is funny, sweet, and very good natured but he really has turned our family life upside down these last 6 months (had to get new carpet, house is covered in baby gates, we can't leave for more then 4 hours without rushing home to check on him). And I'm sad to say we have had a few family discussions about not keeping him, but everyone cries because we love him so much, so we are keeping him. I just hope he calms down as he gets older. Sent from my iPhone using Petguide.com Free App